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Booklet - Royal Visit Souvenir, Presented to Hazel Hathaway, Ballarat High School, 1954 Document Reg. No: HT 30503

Souvenir booklet presented to Hazel Hathaway of Ballarat High School by the Commonwealth Government of Australia. The booklet was distributed to school students across Australia to commemorate the Royal visit of Queen elizabeth II and Prince Phillip to Australia in 1954. It contains information and images of Elizabeth, the Royal Family, royal emblems and the tour itinerary. Hazel had migrated to Australia with her family from England in 1951.

Stanley and Lucy (nee Simmons) Hathaway and their daughter Hazel survived World War II in heavily bombed Coventry, England, remaining there until 1946. They attended the Victory in Europe celebrations there on 8 May 1945. The Hathaways relocated to Buckinghamshire (where second daughter Merle was born in 1948) and Hampshire between 1946 and 1951, finally deciding to migrate to Australia. They applied successfully to the Assisted Passage Migration Scheme but had to wait two years before departing, living and touring England in a caravan until departing on the ?New Australia? 17 November, 1951. They first stayed at the Bathurst Migrant Camp in New South Wales before being relocated to a housing commission estate in Ballarat, Victoria. Within six months they had purchased a block of land, living in a caravan while their house was built. The family became active members of the local Ballarat community, with Lucy working for the newly established McCallum House Centre for Retarded Children at Sebastapol and continued her strong interest in the Brownies and Girl Guides associations.
16 page booklet with black cover and two staples along central spine. The cover features the British coat of arms in colour and the title'The Royal visit 1954.'Interior pages contain text printed in black and iamges with a pink wash. Facing page has an illustration of a lion and kangaroo holding up a crown and presentation details.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Merle Hathaway, 2010
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 120 mm (Height), 170 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: celebrations, royal visits, school children, migration settlement, british immigration, migrant camps, migrant reception centres, royal tours
Themes this item is part of: Hathaway Family, Assisted English Migrants, 1951, HM Queen Elizabeth II (1926- ), Childhood & Youth Collection, Leisure Collection, Migration Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Post World War II British Migration to Australia
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Royal Visits
Tertiary Classification: souvenirs
Inscriptions: Cover: 'THE ROYAL VISIT/1954'
Facing page: [typed]'This Souvenir/ of/ THE ROYAL VISIT/TO AUSTRALIA/1954/is presented to [handwritten] Hazel Rosalie Hathaway/[typed] of [handwritten] Ballarat High [typed] School/by/the Commonwealth Government of Australia'
Presented To: Hazel Hathaway, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 1954
Presented By: Australian Commonwealth Government, Australia, 1954
Previous Owner: Merle Hathaway, Buninyong, Victoria, Australia
Person Commemorated: HM Queen Elizabeth II, England, Great Britain, 1953

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