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Newspaper Cutting - McCallum House Donation, 'The Courier', Ballarat, 15 Oct 1955 Document Reg. No: HT 34572

Newsclipping from the Ballarat 'Courier' reporting on the donation made to the McCallum Centre for Retarded Children in Ballarat by the Gilmore Estate, 15 October 1955. It belonged to Lucy Hathaway who became a prominent member of staff at the Centre after migrating to Australia from England in 1951 and settling for a number of years in Wendouree near Ballarat in Victoria.

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 in Wendouree, 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. They later relocated to Melbourne and then retired to Buninyong.
Newsclipping with masthead and photograph of the presentation of the cheque.
Statement Of Significance:
This collection represents the experiences of thousands of post-war assisted migrants from England who brought with them memories of danger, sadness, courage, austerity and celebration in both tangible and intangible forms. This family survived one of the most severe bombings of any English city during World War II and brought with them material symbols of endurance and triumph in the Victory Day dress and Union Jack flag, symbols with almost universal resonance. The collection also includes items which tell stories about the goods migrants select in order to start new lives and the continued use of those items in Australia, the adventure of the ship voyage, and the seeking of familiar interests in a new community. This particularly relates to the family's ongoing participation in the Girl Guides. The collection also explores the theme of maintaining connections and loyalties to homeland, in this case through memorabilia relating to the British monarchy and exchange projects with former local communities.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Merle Hathaway, 2013
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 205 mm (Height), 205 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: mental health, education, healthcare medicine, children, migration settlement, child welfare, british immigration
Themes this item is part of: Childhood & Youth Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Migration Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Post World War II British Migration to Australia
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Institutional Life
Organisation Named: McCallum House, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 15 Oct 1955
Publisher: The Courier, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 15 Oct 1955

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