Prayer - Mary Ward Document Reg. No: HT 32735 22

Summary:
Piece of paper originally stored within the pages of a black leather bound Bible [Book of Isaiah], which was brought by Mary Ward when she migrated with her family from England to Australia in 1961. The text appears to be a prayer by Mary Ward. A biblical reference for Psalm 121 is recorded on the back.

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:
Scrap piece of yellow unlined paper with hand-written text.
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: 111 mm (Height), 118 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: immigration, immigrant voyages, religions, churches, migrants, religions methodist, community organisations, english immigration, prayers, religious artifacts, religious instruction, migration schemes, religious symbols
Themes this item is part of: East Malvern Methodist Church, Bring Out A Briton Campaign, 1959, Ward Family, Assisted English Migrants, 1961, Migration Collection, Post World War II British Migration to Australia
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Travel - Brought Goods
Tertiary Classification: religious materials
Inscriptions: Front [hand-written]: 'Bless out homes dear Lord Jesus / and our brothers & sisters / show us now loving Jesus / How to love & help & share / Homes [sic] a place where people live / & each one helps the other / homes [sic] a place for families / who love one another'
Back [hand-written]: 'Psalm 121'
Past Owner & User: Mrs Mary Ward, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, England, Great Britain

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