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Letter - To Fred & Hazel from Alex & Betty Barlow, East Malvern, 22 Dec 1980 Document Reg. No: HT 32396

Summary:
Copy of a letter from ' Alex & Betty Barlow' to 'Fred and Hazel (Lawson) dated 22 December 1980. It is in reply to their earlier letter (no date reference is given), with condolences for the loss of their daughter Anne in an accident, advising of the local employment situation and asking about the recipient's work experience. Alex Barlow was the Secretary of the 'Bring Out a Briton' scheme for the Methodist Church Burke Road, East Malvern. Fred and Hazel Lawson had earlier been assisted by this church but had returned to England in 1972.

This item is part of a large collection of material relating to the migration and settlement of British migrants to Australia in the 1960s under the 'Bring Out a Briton' Scheme. It documents in particular both the migration experiences of James and Mary Ward and their three children who arrived in Melbourne on the ?TSS Stratheden? from Yorkshire in December 1961; and the Burke Road East Malvern Methodist Church's sponsorship of a number of English families, including the Wards, under the Scheme. The Church?s support included temporary accommodation for assisted families in a neighbouring house. The 'Bring Out a Briton' Scheme (1957-1982) was part of a Commonwealth Government initiative which offered subsidised ship fares, accommodation and support to encourage migration from the UK to Australia after World War II.
Description:
Single sheet of lined white paper, written on one side.
Statement Of Significance:
The Ward/Barlow Families collection is of national significance in documenting British assisted migration to Australia post-World War II. The collection provides a comprehensive snapshot from the commencement to completion of a British assisted migration experience and illuminates post-war immigration policies and procedures which favoured British immigration into Australia.

The collection of almost 400 items comprises a unique body of documentation with intersections between personal, community and government narratives that explore British post-World War II assisted migration. It includes photographs, personal correspondence, documents and objects offering a rare glimpse into the role of the Australian and British governments, Methodists Church sponsorship and community engagement in assisting and welcoming British immigrants to Australia. Assisted British migration was a constant theme of Australian immigration history until the early 1980s. Government initiatives such as the ?Bring Out A Briton? scheme had an enormous impact on the composition and size of the Australian population, making the Ward/Barlow collection of broad social and political historical significance.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from William & Jennifer Barlow, 2012
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 185 mm (Height), 148 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: immigration, death mourning, community organisations services, employment, letters, churches, migrants, religions methodist, english immigration, migration schemes
Themes this item is part of: East Malvern Methodist Church, Bring Out A Briton Campaign, 1959, Ward Family, Assisted English Migrants, 1961, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Migration Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Processing - Planning & Departure
Tertiary Classification: correspondence
Inscriptions: Handwritten in black ink: 'COPY. 22.12.80 Dear Fred & Hazel We have received ... (extensive text)... hear of a vacancy. Yours sincerely with love Alex & Betty Barlow.'
Other Association (See Comments): Bring Out A Briton Committee, Australia, 22 Dec 1980

Personal letter prepared in relation to the work of the Bring Out A Briton Committee.
Other Association (See Comments): Methodist Church, Inverloch, Victoria, Australia, 22 Dec 1980

Personal letter prepared in relation to the work of the Methodist Church.
Prepared By: Mr Alexander Barlow, Australia, 22 Dec 1980

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