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Digital Photograph - Singapore Harbour, Singapore, 2 Dec 1961 Image Reg. No: MM 134433

Summary:
Digital photograph from 'TSS Stratheden' of ships in Singapore Harbour, with Mary Ward and her son, David, at the railing, on 2 December 1961. One of 84 digital photographs relating to the Ward family migration experience including their life in England, their voyage in 1961 to Australia and their settlement in Melbourne.

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:
Digital photograph.
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.
Description Of Content:
Harbourside view from the railing of a passenger ship with a woman and young boy in a hat looking over the railing, another couple further down the railing. A white single-funnel passenger ship is in midstream and other ships are berthed in the distance.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from William & Jennifer Barlow, 2012
Discipline: History

More information

Tagged with: immigration, assisted immigration, shipping, shipboard travel, migrants, migration settlement, english immigration, shipping industry, migration schemes
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Transport Collection, East Malvern Methodist Church, Bring Out A Briton Campaign, 1959, Ward Family, Assisted English Migrants, 1961
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Travel - Shipboard Life
Tertiary Classification: recreation
People Depicted: Ward, Mary; Ward, David
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Place Depicted: Singapore, 2 Dec 1961
Person Depicted: Mrs Mary Ward, Singapore, 2 Dec 1961
Person Depicted: David Ward, Singapore, 2 Dec 1961

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