Photograph - John Ash, circa 1930s-1950s Image Reg. No: MM 98391

John Ash of Commonwealth Bank of Australia Bank Note and Security Depatment, Fitzroy, Melbourne. Ash supported Archibald Gordon Maclaurin's migration to Australia and assisted him in his finding employment, and later employed Archie himself.

Archie was born in 1904 in Westham London. He trained as a printer and sought work in Australia as there were few opportunities in England; he migrated on the 'Jervis Bay' in 1928. Before migrating he commenced negotiations with the general manager of the Commonwealth Bank Note Printing Branch Fitzroy, who assisted Maclaurin in securing employment at McLaren & Co Pty Ltd Colour Printers in Fitzroy. He then moved to Spicers & Depmont Printers and Stationers before an opening came up for a machinist at the Note Printing Branch, where he worked for 32 years.

He married Constance Duffell in 1934, who had migrated from England on the 'Narkunda' with her parents and brother in 1927. Her father and brother worked for the Note Printing Branch which facilitated their meeting. They had two children, Roger and Jocelyn and lived all their lives in Essendon.
Mounted portrait photograph. Reverse of photograph has traces of glue and torn paper, indicating it may have been removed from an album or mount.
Description Of Content:
Photographic portrait of John Ash in suit and tie.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Jocelyn Maclaurin, 2004
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 115 mm (Height), 110 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: immigration, employment, photography, friendships, british immigration, note printing
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection, Transport Collection, Archibald Gordon Maclaurin, English Migrant, 1928
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Processing - Planning & Departure
Tertiary Classification: training & employment records
Inscriptions: Reverse, handwritten, pencil: "JOHN ASH".
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Person Depicted: John Ash - Commonwealth Bank Note Printing Branch, Victoria, Australia, circa 1930s-1950s
User: Archibald Maclaurin, Essendon, Victoria, Australia, circa 1930s-1950s

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