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Notes - Margaret Wood, Activities & Occupations, circa Oct 1956 Document Reg. No: HT 1306

Notes written by the Margaret Wood on a piece of paper torn from a diary. One page lists all the occupations of the migrants arriving on the Sibajak in October 1956. Margaret recorded around 100 diverse occupations, primarily out of her own interest at the time. The reverse side of page describes her activities over 3 days - collection of family from the 'Orontes' at Station Pier and taking them through customs, including an 'unexpected assisted Swiss migrant; and meeting with migrant who misunderstood the assistance scheme and wanted to repay his debt. This page is part of a collection of migration material collected by Margaret Wood an officer in the Department of Immigration from 1951-1960.

Margaret first worked in the Department of Alien Assimilation which focused on migrants post arrival, before moving to the Assisted Division which handled the reception of assisted European migrants arriving in Melbourne. Her final position was working for the General Assisted Passage Scheme, assisting migrants from the US, Scandinavia and Switzerland who came individually on general ships as opposed to migrant ships. She recalls her time with the Department with great pleasure. She was a young single woman and had just finished an Arts degree at Melbourne University. When she applied to the Public Service, she was placed with the Department of Immigration, as she spoke German. She left when she married in 1961 as per the policy at that time.
Page torn from a diary with handwritten notes on both sides.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Margaret Wood, 2003
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 20.20 cm (Width), 25.10 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: immigration, women s work, immigration policies, government departments, government policies, immigration selection, shipping, immigrant shipping, immigrant voyages
Themes this item is part of: Margaret Wood, Department of Immigration Officer (1951-1961), Transport Collection, Margaret Wood Immigration & Shipping Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Processing - Arrival
Tertiary Classification: administration
Inscriptions: Extensive handwritten text in blue ink.
Author: Mrs Margaret Wood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa Oct 1956
Place & Date Depicted: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Oct 1956
Ship Depicted: MS Sibajak, Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Oct 1956

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