Ten Pound Poms

10 May, 2009

English immigrants relaxing in a deck chair on MV 'Australasia', 1965
English immigrants relaxing in a deck chair on MV 'Australasia', 1965
Image: Rebecca Jones
Source: Museum Victoria

Question: What was the “Ten Pound Pom” scheme?

Answer: The “Ten Pound Pom” scheme is the colloquial name for an assisted migration scheme that operated in Australia after World War II. In spite of its name, this scheme was not limited to those from the United Kingdom but was open to citizens of all Commonwealth countries. (The word “Pom” meant English people, and was sometimes used in a derogatory manner.)

Adult migrants were charged ₤10 for their fare and children travelled for free.  They were drawn by promises of employment and housing, a more relaxed lifestyle and a better climate. 

“Ten Pound Poms” needed to be in sound health and under the age of 45 years. There were initially no skill restrictions, although under the “White Australia” policy those from mixed race backgrounds found it very difficult to take advantage of the scheme. At one point in 1947, more than 400,000 Brits were registered at Australia House in London for the scheme.

The aim of the scheme was to substantially increase Australia’s population in response to fears of a Japanese invasion, and a new awareness of Australia’s vulnerability and unrealised economic potential as an under-populated country. The “Populate or Perish” policy was developed by the Curtin Government before the end of World War II.

By late 1944 the Australian Government had begun negotiations with Britain for assisted immigration programs in the post-war years. Since all Australian political parties supported the “White Australia” policy they looked to Britain and northern European countries for immigrants in the belief that people from these countries would more easily assimilate with the Australian community. After the war, Australia gradually extended assisted passage schemes to immigrants from other countries such as the Netherlands and Italy to maintain high levels of immigration. It also welcomed refugees from war-torn Europe.

Sometimes the promises to immigrants were not realised. Many migrants faced lengthy stays in migrant hostels, failed to get ideal employment or missed their old communities. Around one quarter of the “Ten Pound Poms” left Australia within a few years of their arrival.

The year 1969 was the peak year for the scheme, with more than 80,000 people coming to Australia. In 1973, the cost of assisted passages was increased to ₤75 per family. This was still a very cheap fare, but numbers of assisted migrants from the United Kingdom dropped off significantly. Assisted passage schemes were gradually phased out in the 1980s, having profoundly influenced the ethnic and cultural makeup of the Australian population.

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Susan Humphries 2 August, 2015 22:34
Searching for a second cousin David F Jones who emigrated from England in 1960s, we believe he can help in furthering our knowledge of his grandfather. He emigrated twice, his mother Esme joined him after the first time when he had married, he then returned to England with his mother who suffered with rheumatoid arthritis as the heat was too much for her. I believe he returned to Australia around 1964 by air. He was a pipe fitter, family stories mention Adelaide but I am unsure where to start in my search for him. Would his skills have benefited a certain area this would Give me a starting point for research.
cathy 31 July, 2015 01:23
My family lived in the Fishermans Bend hostel in 1965 we arrived in Australia on 22/5/1965 flying BOAC and arrived Essendon airport we were the Druggan family from Glasgow Scotland, my mum mary druggan was a cleaner in the hostel there were 4 children Thomas Catherine Marie and Jeanette. Marie and myself Catherine went to Port Melbourne State School my dad worked at Stewart and Lloyds and my uncle Charlie Hamill worked at Kraft my family eventually settled in Werribee.
Danielle Johnson 30 July, 2015 04:43
Hello my granddad Geoffrey Connell is looking for some relatives. He is looking for his granddads brothers family, the gentleman's name was Fred black who travelled on the £10 pom. Does anyone know who Fred Black is or related to him? thanks.
Ron Dent 23 July, 2015 13:17
My parents Philip and Catherine (Rena) Dent arrived in Adelaide SA from the UK onboard the SS Mooltan in 1952 as 10 pound Poms. I am 62, the eldest of five Aussies they raised. I will be forever grateful for the lifestyle we have lived and enjoyed here in Oz. I would love to hear from anyone who emigrated with them. My father is 86 and my mother 85 in November and live in Blakeview South Aust.
Carole Bennett 6 July, 2015 00:00
I am trying to track down a copy of the "Document of Identity" my parents had when we emigrated to Perth from the UK in 1969. The original document that included 2 photographs - one of my Dad and the other of my Mum with the 4 children. Do you know where I could obtain a copy ? Thanks - Carole
Discovery Centre 6 July, 2015 11:05
Hi Carole - all post-1923 travel and immigration records are held by the National Archives of Australia. You can see instructions on how to search their site on our Quick Guide to Passenger Lists infosheet (don't worry, the same search method can be used for all documents, not just the lists). 
Paul Dack 24 June, 2015 17:48
My parents came over in 1969,dad has passed but mum now 78,is she eligible for the aged pension. How can I find this out,thankyou in advance
Discovery Centre 25 June, 2015 11:48

Hi Paul,

Unfortunately, this is outside our area of expertise. You will need to contact the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship to clarify your mother’s situation. You may like to visit their citizenship website as well. 

Charlie MacDonald 22 June, 2015 10:19
My auntie was a $10 pom in Feb 1952, she left Glasgow with her husband and 3 son's James, William and Ronald Moran. Landed Fremantle March 1952, somehow ended up in Luddenham, NSW any one with any information, please help
Discovery Centre 20 August, 2015 11:22
Hi Charlie, thanks for the enquiry.  The National Archives of Australia look after these records.  You can search their online index with details of the family and see if the information is avaiable online, alternatively, you will need to contact them directly.
Karen Giles nee Jones 5 June, 2015 08:20
We emigrated to Australia on the Fairstar and arrived here in 1967, my dad David Granfell Jones and my mother Maureen Anne Jones, along with my sister Donna Jones. My grandparents also came with us, Evan Robert Knight and Iris Doreen Knight. I have been trying to get some help in obtaining copies of paperwork showing our arrival , check naa records and nothing is coming up, any suggestions?
Discovery Centre 5 June, 2015 14:47
Hi Karen, the National Archives of Australia are the folks responsible for your records. I am having a problem with your email address,can you please contact us via email and quote your enquiry number (DC ENQ 41108) and I can send you the information I have found, discoverycentre@museum.vic.gov.au, thanks!
Tony Burgoyne 2 June, 2015 20:27
Our family set off on the Fairstar from Southampton on 8 Sept 1965 and arrived in Adelaide on 10 Oct. We had 235pounds and 4 tea chests for our "worldly goods". I have great memories (as a 12 year old) of the voyage with choices for food and plenty to do - I had only been in a café once in my life before. But I can still see (and feel) the length of pantyhose that stretched from the wharf to the ship as we left Southampton and hear the sigh when it finally broke.
gerald sweeney 17 May, 2015 02:42
hi i am looking for mr and mrs r.j stevens family. went to melbourne migrant hostel holmesglen in 1962 moved to nobel park springvale then to scotsmore road springvale south where i lost contact in in 1968 anyone know where they are now.fathers name robert john mother elizabeth mary daughters dawn and heather brother stephen7
Tammy White (nee Mason ) 20 April, 2015 00:19
Looking for Terence John Mason, immigrated with wife Maureen, children Anthony, Laura and Tamara in 1963 on the ship Fairsky. Also my aunty( fathers sister ) immigrated a few years later. Name Marion or Patricia.
Aden Rossinni 31 March, 2015 22:13
Hi, My father came on the galileo galilei in 1963 from Italy (Martino Calabrese) Did anyone know him? Regards, Aden
Linda Roa 15 March, 2015 03:04
Trying to trace an old school friend, Susan Richardson nee Burford, born in England April 1948. She emigrated to Sydney in 1964 with her mother, Jessie Richardson, on the £10 assisted passage scheme. They subsequently moved to Melbourne but then we lost touch. No idea where to start. If she married and changed her name it makes it impossible to search. Any suggestions please.
David Savage 27 January, 2015 13:09
My family left England from Southampton on the 3 May 1967 sailing on the Fairsea. We disembarked in Fremantle and our first stop was the Scarborough beach hotel then Graylands Hostel, before moving into our first home in Safety Bay. I can remember wading over to Penguin Island at low tide, with my 2 sisters, not so sure if I would do that now!
Marion McEwan (nee Livesey) 21 January, 2015 13:12
I came to Australia with my Mother, Father and brother on the Cameronia, arriving November, 1950. We stayed in the Bathurst Migrant Hostel for six weeks, then Ballarat Migrant Hostel for 8 months. I have been trying to find information on the hostel which was in Gillies Street, Wendouree, Ballarat. Thanks anyone!
Jean Wright 5 January, 2015 13:36
Wow...just found this site and spent most of the day reminiscing..We left Glasgow Central Station in February 1966 with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law in a "tug of war with our 7 month and 2 yr old babies" ( I don't think they ever forgave me !)...We left on the Fairsky from Southampton on 7th February. I was placed in a small 2 bunk cabin with a basket on the floor for my 7 month old and my husband was to share a cabin at the other end of the ship with 3 other males. He left his overcoat on the bunk, came to my cabin, just as the ship started to move..result was adreadful bout of seasickness which lasted a few days so he never went back to his proper bunk, so I shared the bottom one with my 2 yr old. We arrived in Fremantle then on to Melbourne where we caught the Overlander to Adelaide and stayed overnight in Elder Park Hostel where we spent th night listening to Pipe Bands practising for a cmpetition!!We then caught the bus to Whyalla arrivng 10th March 1966. We didn't have to stay in a hostel as my parents were already here, but we arrived owing 5 pound in debt to another passenger named Jimmy Edwards. He was staying with a brother in Fremantle for a few weeks then coming to BHP at Whyalla, but all those years ago, was never able to trace him to repay him. We got a brand new house and were housed with 5 other migrant families who arrived on the same day on another ship.49 years later, we're still in touch with 3 of the families (one of whom returned to Leeds) plus our Aussie neighbours. While staying with our daughter in Japan last year, we were explaining to her friends about the Migrant Scheme and how it only cost us 10 pound etc. also about criminals being sent here as punishment for stealing etc... there was much confusion, amusement and then hilarity when someone wanted to know what we had stolen to get to Australia.!!
teresa coleman 29 November, 2014 05:11
hi My parents emigrated from Southampton to freemantle on the ss America- fairsky line I think on 14th feb 1968, hoping to hear from anyone else who was on the ship
David Clark 12 November, 2014 15:30
We arrived 13th July 1965, mum, dad and 4 boys from Dunfermline. Flew out from London on BOAC and landed in Sydney.I was told at our interview to get rid of my overcoat as I wouldn't need it in Oz so I gave it to a Scottish mate. Arrived at Sydney airport in July and nearly froze. I put that down to his Aussie sense of humour. I was 18 at the time so came in contact with a lot of the boys who came on the Big Brother Scheme as we all went to the same dance at Beatle Village and then the Union Jack Club when it opened. The Missing Links and Jeff St John were big then. We lived for about 8 months on Bunnerong Hostel. I knocked around with Nick Penn who has also posted on this site and a chap from Newcastle UK called Blinky funnily his brother was Winky what a pair, also Steve Philips whose dad was one of the Hostel Managers. Steve went back to his birthplace in Bray, Ireland. My parents moved to Adelaide bought a house in Para Hills and lived all their days there until their passing. All 4 boys married, had children who now have their own children and on the 13th July next year we will all celebrate our 50th Anniversary of life down under. What a life it has been. We have all been very fortunate and loved the Aussie way of life as it didn't and still doesn't suit everyone, but I guess you could say the same about anywhere in the world.I married an English girl from Devon, we have 2 grown up children and 1 grandchild and we visit UK on a regular basis to see family but we are Aussie citizens and proud of it. I have to thank my father especially for having an adventurous spirit. He was a boy soldier who served in India and was a POW in Rangoon, joined the merchant navy after returning to Scotland in 1946 and then decided to move his young family more than half way round the world leaving his and mums extended families behind for a new life Downunder. Here's cheers to all those parents who have done the same and helped make Australia the place it is today.
Christine Hodgson (nee Cooper) 10 November, 2014 22:39
Hi. My family travelled to Australia on the ten pound passage in about 1959 when I was 5 yrs old.We were a family of 4. We travelled on the Stravnaver, a Dutch ship to Sydney. My parents didn't make a go of it and returned to the UK 3 years later with 3 children! We went to a hostel in Sydney in the first instance. Does anyone know what the hostel was called? My parents told me it cost a lot of money to return to the UK- think my Grandparents helped out with the fare. The journey by boat was 6 weeks!
Yvonne bean 7 September, 2014 10:12
I came to Australia with BOAC in 28th August 1966. I have been trying to recollect the countries we stopped at on the way. I remember The plane had to refuel every 4 hours. Does anyone have a better memory than me? I think the first stop was Rome and the last before Sydney was the tin shed in the heat of Darwin.
Serina Harris 25 August, 2014 14:29
Hi I'm trying to help my dad with his visa. My grandparets travelled on the s.s. Stratheden from United Kingdon and ported in Sydney in 1959. My dad said he traveled on my pops passport. Family Name being Walter Colin Gorden Harris, Spouse Susan Valery Harris and two boys being James Stuart and Stephen Walter Harris. I'm trying to get my hands on the passanger list of all the people that got off in Sydney, if anybody can help.
Discovery Centre 25 August, 2014 14:42
Hi Serina - Have a read of our information sheet about finding passenger lists. The information you need should be there in the section on post-1923 arrivals. If you have no luck, contact the National Archives of Australia for more help.
ray farnell 16 August, 2014 00:25
My cousin John w Farnell arrived in Canberra by aircraft in 1972, along with his wife Iris and their 2 kids Darren and Mattthew. Where they went after that is a mystery.
Michele 4 November, 2014 14:58
Hi Ray Have some information for you on the family will need an e 'mail address so I can send you what I have found regards Michele
Michele 4 November, 2014 10:09
Hi Ray I have found where one of their sons died not that long after been in Australia Matthew died in 1972 I will see what else I can find out for you kind regards Michele 4/11/2014
Helen Lyn Gordon 10 August, 2014 22:46
My parents John and Mollie and I came from England in 1951 aboard the Chitral after 6 weeks arrived in Melbourne and went by train to Bonigilla camp near Albury. I was eight yrs old. After some weeks we moved to Moe as dad got work in Yallourne SEC. Francais and David Duncan travelled on the ship with us and moved to Moe with us. My grandparents arrived one yr later and came to us in Moe. I was sea sick for the whole 6 weeks.
Jimmy Bartel 6 August, 2014 14:01
why did Australia Need Ten Pound Poms? thanks mate
Discovery Centre 6 August, 2014 14:56
Hi Jimmy - For further information on the context of the "10 Pound Pom" assisted migration schemes, try the National Archives of Australia or James Jupp's book The Australian People.
Shona Douglas 22 July, 2014 07:58
HELP! I am researching my family tree, mainly for the sake of my gran (Anna Blair Boyd Douglas, nee Ure) but also because it's interesting! I've recently found out her brother (William Ure) who was born and christened in India circa 1936 (where grans dad was serving with the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders) left Scotland for Australia on the '£10 pom scheme' when he was around 16 (circa 1952) - this is all the information I have and honestly don't have a clue where to search! My grans now almost 84 and i'd love to be able to find out what happened to her younger brother for her. ANYTHING that anyone can help with would be greatly appreciated.
Michele 4 November, 2014 10:44
Shona did William Ure come from Coatbridge Scotland regards Michele
Michele 4 November, 2014 10:20
Hi Shona Was that his full name William Ure? I found where a Willie Ure came in to Australia 1950 did he also go by that name? kind regards Michele
discoverycentre 22 July, 2014 10:24

Hi Shona,

The National Archives of Australia is the repository for all migrant records.  While they only have a small percentage online you can still contact them directly to see if they can assist you with your search.  Electroll rolls for each state are also a good way of finding someone living in a particular city or region.

Moira (Mathie) Porter 24 June, 2014 06:40
In the 1950s my friends, Lynne Harrison and Billy and Ian Haugh and their families from Motherwell went on the £10 passage to Australia. Lynne gave me her china doll. I would love to hear from them.
John & Pat Alderson 9 June, 2014 13:41
We came out as ten pound poms leaving Liverpool on the MV Somerstshire after two cyclons and seven weeks of sailing arrived in Sydney March 15th 1951 We would like to make contact with friends that we made aboard. Agnes & Roy Gibson give us a call if you read this.
bill cornes 26 May, 2014 16:33
ten pound pom is a name, possibly an acronym, given to an English migrant under the ten pound scheme. not all migrants under the scheme were english. many migrants came from Scotland, Ireland and wales, and do not want to be classed as a ten pound pom. a ten pound tourist perhaps. but not a pom.
Nick 28 May, 2014 00:14
Bill, doesn't the intro explain it well enough!?
hilary ikstrums(nee Bernard) 1 May, 2014 01:04
Would anyone know where Sheila Strachan and/or her brother Ian(Parents Norman and Phyllis-now passed on-at Poole,England) are now?They were dear friends who migrated to Australia in the 1950s. They went back to England(to where?) after a couple of years We were best of friends.I would so love to catch up-so much to talk about.
William Hall 30 April, 2014 21:31
g`day Michael.Yes did come on the voyage before you. I enjoyed the swimming Pool which was a Luxury in those days. Felt sorry for a lot of the Passengers who were terribly Seasick.
michael welch 29 April, 2014 02:05
Hi William Hall, I think we were on the next voyage on board the Castel Felice,we left Southampton on June 24th 63,arriving at Sydney July 29th, I still have many happy memories of the Castel Felice. I was 7years old travelling with my parents and younger brother and sister.
David Matthew Lawrence 28 April, 2014 19:36
Is it possible to find out more about the Big Brother Scheme. Why was it introduced, how many young Men and Women from across the globe went to Australia in the 1920s and 1930s. where did all these young Men and Women end up working. It is a fascinating period in Australian History and I would love to dig deeper. Another question I have, why was it during the mass migration to Australia in the 50s 60s 70s that it appears (and please correct me if I am incorrect) that the Australian Authorities never contacted the migrants re becoming naturalised Australians, was it left up to the individual to register.
Bill Walsh 31 August, 2014 19:33
I have just found this interesting site. Believe it or not there was such a thing as a 5 pound Pom! I emigrated by myself at the age of 17, left home with my parents blessing looking for a better life than was available in post war England. I was sponsored by a great aunt and uncle who had emigrated to Geelong in the 1920s. Because I was under 18 I was attached to a group of young men who were travelling under the Big Brother Scheme and the group of 16 travelled on the RMS Strathnaver, departing Tilbury Docks 28 January 1954.My share of the subsidised fare was 5 pounds and I still have the receipt. I have recently finished writing my "Aussie Memoirs" and copied the documents I still have and when my best mate from Geelong who I met in my first few months there, read them, he learned for the first time that I only paid 5 pounds. He called me a flaming cheat and now he calls me a "half price Pom" All good fun. I also have my "Document of Identity" signed by the Chief Migration Officer at Australia House in London, where all the migrants had to be approved. The Big Brother scheme is mentioned in the several books written in recent years about child migrants to Australia. Whew what a big subject this is. Cheers.
Derek Morrison 28 July, 2014 17:05
Hi David, I was a BBM pom came in 1967 do you want the spill or the truth? The BBM dumped young English boys after they arrived here talk about survival of the fittest. I ended up on the streets many of those that chose to work out in the bush [countryside] 100s if not thousands of miles/klms from a city disappeared especially orphans. Now that's something that should be investigated. As you can see as a x BBM young person, and I was only 16 and half at the time. Best wishes Derek
David Matthew Lawrence 25 April, 2014 07:13
What a shame we can't load photos on this site as my emigration story starts back in the 1920's when my Father to be went to AUS under the Big Brother scheme, he worked on a number of stations as a Jackeroo . I have many Photos of his life in Queensland and Victoria back in the late 20's early 30's he loved to tell stories of his time riding the outback . We did return as £10 pops in 1964 on the P & O Canberra ( sadly know longer afloat) but only stayed until 68, long story. I did in fact make the journey twice on assisted passage, all by sea but returned to the UK due to family issues. I still miss the lifestyle and the honesty and friendship of the Australians. We now have eight members of our family living permanently in AUS. Lots more to share later.
William Bill Hall 18 April, 2014 21:07
As an Australian. I sailed to the U.K.in 1961 on the Patris. I Married an English Girl We returned to Australia in May 1963 on the Ship the Castle Felice. We applied for the "Ten Pound "Government Assistant Passage. My wife was eligible.As I was OZ citizen had to pay my own Fare which was 140 pounds. I do have some Photos of on board the Ship. " Swimming pool crossing the date line etc.
Thomas McCurdy 16 April, 2014 06:55
Hi Everyone, I'm a student at the University of Central Lancashire, in North England. We're currently collecting stories for a not-for-profit book on £10 Poms - if anyone would like to contribute their stories please let me know! Our book isn't associated with the Immigration Museum - just our University. If anyone would like to know more just see our Facebook Group, Ten Pound Poms Book Uclan and enquire there! Tom
Paul Magee 4 April, 2014 16:00
I arrived in Melbourne as a 10 year old with my mother and father on 6/6/1965 from Nth Ireland and we traveled on British Airways BOA702 on an Immigration program. There is no paperwork. I have worked for the last 44 years (27 for the fed government) paid taxes and I am on the electoral role. I have recently (unfortunately) had to lodge a claim with Centrelink and they have rejected my application stating that I do not have a permanent resident visa. Would appreciate some assistance/advice on where to go next as I am about to approach my local federal member.
Discovery Centre 10 April, 2014 15:25

Hi Paul,

We suggest that you contact the National Archives of Australia to request records of you and your parents’ arrival in Australia. The passenger  arrivals inquiry request form should assist you in finding proof of arrival in Australia.  This information should enable you to establish  your residency / citizenship status with relevant authorities – on which matters please see / enquire further at the Department of Immigration.

Frank Lawlor 18 March, 2014 17:25
Arrived in Melbourne in October 1960 on the Fairsea from Dunfermline Scotland I was 7 and my brother Kevin was 5. With my mother Katleen & dad Frank stayed at Nunawading Migrant Hostel. Stayed the two years we had otherwise had to pay the money back to the OZ government. My mum was very homesick, but went back to a very cold winter at the start of 1963, so came back nine months later and have been in OZ ever since.
Richard 31 March, 2014 02:48
Frank, how did you mum get back after nine months? Did she still have residency entitlement to return? I know the document of identity was only valid for one trip travel, but cannot seem to find any info about the actual residency entitlement. Thanks
Ricki 6 February, 2014 12:16
hi im learning all about the ten pund pom scheme for sose and i need at little bit of help from others because im having trouble finding things about it i need to know why poeple moved to Australia and if the scheme was successful or not and why? so i need some help so can any of use help me out thanks -Ricki
J.E.MacKay 19 May, 2014 01:26
Hi Ricki, I can only relate how and why my parents decided to make the vast move from the Isle of Lewis to Australia. My Dad served in the RAF from 1936 till 1945 and at one stage was stationed on the escort ship that took King George VI and Queen Elizabeth from the England to Canada and like the movies you see on TV they would sit on the deck at night where there happened to be an Aussie who, with all the other seamen/airmen, would recant stories about his beloved country. My Dad was enthralled with this young Aussies adventures and tales which made the place sound like it should be investigated. After the war his Mum and Dad who were too old to travel, eventually passed in the early fifties, Mum had another child so they decided to wait till she was old enough to travel, (4 was their age of choice). so off we set from Stornoway on January 3rd 1957 down thru Dundee and Edinburgh visiting Mums relatives down thru Rugby by overnight train to end up at Euston Station,London and ultimately the Euston Hotel. Three days in London gave us enough time to visit Buckingham Palace, Trafalger Square, some place that had Nelsons head on a column, and Westminster Abbey. We went to the movies close to the hotel and saw The Battle of the River Plate, (strange the things you remember from over 50 years ago). Off we set on January 16th 1957 to Tilbury docks and boarded the Arcadia, headed south to Las Palmas on the Canary Islands, spent a day there watching rain dry as fast as it landed on the steaming hot streets. Further South towards Capetown, South Africa, round the Cape. We broke a gazillion plates, our steward (David) got a broken arm due to the rough crossing, finally sailing into the calmer waters of Durban. We spent a couple of days there refuelling and restocking food supplies etc., then onto Fremantle and the life we had so imagined would be paradise for us all. (Well I suppose dreams ARE free after all.) 2 or 3 days in Fremantle, then onto Adelaide, Melbourne and finally arriving at Sydney, NSW. Great harbour, great view of what life would be like in this vast country. One could only imagine what Captain Cook must have thought when he arrived so much earlier than us. (Thanks Jimmy, for paving the way). As usual the migrants were last to disembark due to the nature of their travel. Onto an old rattly green and yellow (I can only assume)public transport bus that should have been retired years earlier. Out thru Redfern, along Botany Road, out towards Bunnerong Cemetery thru Matraville ending up at Bunnerong Hostel on Bunnerong Road. Wow, we had finally arrived and after the initial shock of what we had encountered we made a life that just got better the more we ventured away from the hostel. Had we stayed on the Isle of Lewis all us kids would have eventually had to go to the mainland for work only being able to return to our birth home once a year, and this was not what Mum and Dad had in mind for us all. Much as we all loved living life in a fishing village, the winters were harsh, fishing didn't always yield a bountiful catch and making Harris Tweed was never going to make a lot of money. Getting by as best we could was my parents aim and making the decision to come to Australia is a decision they never regretted making. It's a big deal moving halfway around the world with your only possessions in a wooden box the size of a coffin. Leaving school friends behind was hard and leaving grandparents was even harder, even though my grandmother eventually made her way here about 2 years later. Grandfather died 3 days after we left, so it was imperative that we found accommodation other than the hostel to live in as Grandparents weren't allowed to migrate and be a burden on the Australian economy. So Ricki, speaking for myself and my family, yes it was successful as we lived close to each other even after we all got married, which is more that would have happened had we not made the decision to come here. Adults were charged ten quid, kids went for half price. Not a bad deal, 5 weeks on a beautiful ship, good food, a dry bed and wonderful scenery and the 1956 returning Kangaroos to entertain us, all this for ten quid. I wouldn't do it again for a million quid but I wouldn't have missed it either. Hopefully this helps in some small way, good luck with your assignment.
Discovery Centre 6 February, 2014 13:49
Hi Ricki, check out the links on the right hand side for some more information, we also have some great resources in the Immigration Discovery Centre.
Moira Morrison 6 January, 2014 00:28
I travelled from Tilbury in February 1952 on PO Mooltan to Ausralia, I would like a passenger list if possible.
Discovery Centre 7 January, 2014 13:42
Hi Moira, The National Archives of Australia will be able to help you with the passenger list.  Check out our Quick Guide to Passenger lists on the internet.  Hope that helps!
Diana Threlfo 29 December, 2013 17:53
I arrived as a 5 year old on the Cameronia in November 1952 after travelling from Glasgow with my parents and two sisters. First port of call was Fremantle, but we disembarked in Sydney and travelled to Brisbane where we were fortunate to be able to stay with our sponsors, Les and Nell Cunnington. So pleased my parents had adventurous spirits.
Angela 23 December, 2013 08:06
Looking for delia doherty family who went to austraila year late 60s early 70s They lived in iniscarn road creggan Greatful for any information relating to my relations.
Michele 4 November, 2014 11:30
Hi Angela is this the family your looking for in Australia? kind regards Michele DOHERTY John born 6 February 1932; Hannah (nee Rodgers) born 29 November 1936; Shaun Edward born 29 January 1958; Kathleen Ann born 5 June 1959; Maria Evelyn born 9 February 1961; Della Margaret born 5 October 1963; travelled per aircraft departing UK on 13 August 1967 under the Assisted Passage Migration Scheme
robert wood 19 November, 2013 00:35
Just thought I could add a little to these stories. We came in 1959 on the Strathaird and lived at elder park. We purchased a house in Salisbury. Dad could not cope and we returned to Scotland for 2 years. We returned on the Iberia and came back on the Canberra. My mum lives in norwood and has dementia. Her memory of 50 years ago is great. We are still friends with a family called Vales ,who live in Nuriootpa. I live in perth now and love the idea that people are interested in our story.
robert wood 18 November, 2013 14:30
I am also a ten pound . We arrived in 1959. I am now applying for citizenship. I think having to sit a test after 50 years in Australia is a waist of resources
Michael Dye 14 November, 2013 22:41
Hey... I came to Australia on The Fairsky, departed Southampton 30/9/1968. Arrived Melbourne early Nov 1968. 'Overland' train to Adelaide and settled there. Where can i find more details about this - particularly passenger lists, those who went to SA, etc. My father was fortunate - offered a job in the carpark of the Adelaide railway station the day we arrived - and we moved to Naracoorte, a far cry from a Cambridge housing estate! Though my mum wanted to be amongst that 1/4 who returned, we stack at it... Dad daid we came to give us kids a better opportunity in life. Been blessed ever since!
Caroline 4 December, 2013 14:18
I came to Australia as a child on the Fairsky that left southhampton on the 24/04/66 arrived in Sydney 29/05/66. I recently went to the National Archives Australia in Chester Hill Sydney, there are also other branches in other states.
eric tarrant 13 November, 2013 05:57
As the archivist for British Eagle International Airline a UK independent airline that operated in the 1960's we had a contract with Qantas to fly out immigrants to Australia. If you or if you know anyone who flew out with Eagle I would like to make contact with them. We already have a small section in the archives regarding the contract and stories from one or two who flew with us. http://www.britisheagle.net/ Look forward to hearing from you. Many thanks Eric Tarrant (Archivist)
Nigel simms 3 May, 2014 22:32
Hi Eric i flew Bitish Eagle as three year old with my parents and youger sister we left the UK Christmas eve 1965 it was called the pudding flight. Also we were interviewed on tv prior to leaving the UK we were set to leave Christmas day but it was changed to Christmas eve i mentioned this site to my parents and they remember a lot about the trip and they also have a folder containing a lot of information about the trip to Australia.Dad even kept a dairy of the journey there is more information if you want to get in touch.
J.E.MacKay 8 November, 2013 11:20
Hi fellow migrants, I arrived in February 1957 on the S.S. Arcadia with my bother, sister, Mum and Dad. We sailed from Tilbury and arrived in Syndey 5 weeks later, travelling around the Cape instead of thru the Suez Canal, which was blocked at the time. We were based at Bunnerong Hostel in eastern sydney for 9 months, and resided in block 8, if I remember correctly the room numbers were 810,811,812. Life was good once we got used to the climate and the difference in cultures. Being laughed at constantly for my scottish accent became a daily hazard but I soon learned to talk like a true local and now have no trace (whatsoever)of my original tongue. I attended Crown St., Girls Intermediate High School for the time I lived in the hostel but transferred to Moorefield Girls High School once we'd moved into our own home. My Dad, Ken MacKay only lived till 1967 but my Mum lived until 2007, succumbing to Altzheimers disease several years earlier. My brother and sister are both still living, both having extended families. Even although I was nearly 14 when I arrived here, my memory of the trip is as clear as if it was yesterday, especially rounding the Cape, where dishes got broken, bones got cracked and hundreds of passengers got seasick. The Australian 1956 Kangaroos travelled with us on their return voyage to Sydney. My Dad had great fun conversing with them and trading stories about his life in the RAF. Keith Holman was one who asked us to meet him on the top deck at 5.00am on the 7th Febraury so he could introduce us all to Sydney Harbour thru his eyes. What an extra-ordinary gentleman he was. A special day I shall never forget as we berthed around the back of the harbour somewhere in Balmain, we were told to wait whilst all the paying passengers disembarked and then we were herded like cattle onto a public single decker bus out thru Redfern, Botany and around past the cemetery to Bunnerong Hostel. We lined up at the (female) managers office and told to stand at attention with our arms outstretched and were handed a grey blanket, white sheets, towels, plate, fork, knife and spoon, mug, toilet roll and of course room keys and told to make our way to our respective rooms. That had to be the one and only time I ever saw my father cry. He sat on the spring matress and sobbed "What have I done to you all", he lamented. Of course Mum shooed all three of us kids outside and comforted him. When we were allowed back into our rooms, we all decided there and then to work or help in any way we could to leave that awful place as soon as was possible to do so. This of course took nine months as only three of the five were eligible to work. Dad went straight to work the next day at Qantas, followed by Mum 3 days later where she stayed for 24 years. My brother got a job at MacDonald Construction and eventually transferred to Qantas as an apprentice where he stayed till he retired about 6 years ago. My little sister Patricia went to the kindergarten provided at the hostel and my daily routine was to take care of her in the mornings and drop her off at kindy at which time she would run to the wire fence and cry till I was out of site. Imagine having to travel to Crown St., High knowing that your little 4 yr old sister was sobbing daily till you returned. Not a happy time for me until the kindy teacher informed me that she quit crying the minute I was out of site and started as soon as she saw me get off the bus. Maroubra Beach was our summer haunt, picture threatres at Kingsford and Maroubra were weekly outings for us all. The people around Matraville were absolutely marvellous and never failed to help in any way if we ever got confused about buses, trams etc., It ended up being a positive experience and one which I (for one) will never forget.
L Reid 5 October, 2014 11:03
Hi J E MacKay, you posted almost a year ago but I only read your comment today. I was also on the Arcadia and arrived in Australia when you did. We went to Sydney too and just like your dad, my father also sat on the edge of the bunk and wept when we were herded into the hostel accommodation. We didn't have a happy outcome sadly, and our family disintegrated, with one of my siblings dying and parents divorcing. Weird how life turns out sometimes. All the best, Linda
Discovery Centre 8 November, 2013 13:22
Thanks J.E MacKay for sharing your story!
brittney 4 November, 2013 15:14
hello i need some help with history
Julie 12 October, 2013 06:37
We travelled to Oz in June 1963 on the Oriana and ended up at Nunawading hostel. Bob and Madge Smith and six daughters, Gaynor, Joy, Janet, Ruth, Mary and me Julie. We came back to England in Aug 1965 on the Flavia. Would love to hear from anyone from the hostel or who travelled around this time on these ships.
Steven marshall 7 October, 2013 16:02
I came to Australia in sept 1973 to Adelaide ,stayed at the woodville hostel for 6 weeks when my parents bought there home. 2 of my brothers followed a few years later but one went back when our mum died .i like my life here but do miss some things from England I also find it hard to settle in the same house for to long . Now live on the Gold Coast in Queensland .
Barbara Mason 21 September, 2013 09:26
Searching for recent info is absolutely frustrating and no one wants to get off their tail and look without handing over lots of money and then they get back when they feel like it. Problem: daughter has lost info on arrival in Australia from the UK. What we have is not enough for her as she wants to become an Australian Citizen. Whole family came to Australia on March 28th 1972 on Qantas Flight QF742, arrival at Adelaide Airport from Heathrow. I have a series No. from Immigration but apparently that don't cut the mustard, neither do all the numbers on the Father's Passport. No one out there wants to give me direction and I'm hitting solid walls everywhere. Ancestry dot com is an absolute dead loss as I only get stuff up to 1960. Findmypast got the same result. Daughter wants this rolling and something heading towards a resolution as she has a job to go to, but without this info it wont happen. I am reluctant to add all the details I have on site here, as some are very definitive. Anyone got any ideas on how to locate anything? because I am getting the impression that Australin Govt bodies whinge and whineabout people becoming citizens, but won't do a darn thing to help you.
Grant 19 September, 2013 20:05
I recently found a tin trunk with the name of KJ Alexander,(street address),Maryborough,QLD stencilled in red paint. Also in red paint was Himalaya & Brisbane which I take to be the ship and inward port. I am trying to locate maybe a family member to return the trunk.Could this tin trunk have been related to this scheme?
Discovery Centre 20 September, 2013 10:53

Hi Grant,

The owners of your trunk were quite possibly Ten Pound Poms as the SS Himalaya was a P&O liner used in the scheme. You might like to look at our webpage Locating living people for ideas on how to find the original owners. Good luck with your task!

Peter Gordon Smith-Evans 19 August, 2013 04:34
Still hoping for some news about Sally Leggett last know address Victoria Road Sandringham Mel born in the 1950's
Janet crosskey 17 August, 2013 00:58
My boyfriend and his family went to Australia on the 1st april1968 and they left tilbury docks first stop to refuel was Cape Town his name is Steven Peter dougherty and he was 19 he lived at nsw we had a very loving relationship with him I often wonder how Steve has ended up down/ under
Janet crosskey 2 May, 2015 02:14
Hi Michele it's not all the family only Steven Peter and Barbara was his mum.
Michele 3 November, 2014 18:36
Hi Janet Is this the family your looking for regards Michele DOUGHERTY George born 19 December 1922; Barbara (nee Ridgway) born 16 May 1922; Steven Peter born 6 May 1948; Lyn Christine Barbara born 13 April 1950; Coreen Alison Catherine born 9 July 1952; travelled per ORCADES departing Tilbury on 1 April 1968 under the Assisted Passage Migration Scheme
Jacqueline Di Giorgio (nee Jefferis) 6 August, 2013 07:51
I came to Australia as a 10 pound Pom flying with my parents and brother on BOAC 15 May 1969. I was 16 and left a boyfriend behind. I was devestated and fought all the way to Heathrow. I am now a proud Aussie and would not want to change one bit of my life in Australia. THank you mum and dad for making a wonderful decision to come to Australia.
june mills 4 August, 2013 13:25
where can I locate passenger lists of the ss cameronia, arrived in station pier, nmelbourne on 7th december, 1949
Discovery Centre 5 August, 2013 11:00
Hi June, please read some of our responses to other similar questions above. They will tell you how to obtain passenger lists and include links to other helpful sites.
Donald Moore 28 July, 2013 14:47
I emigrated in 1964 aged 22 with my wife and very young children aged six and eighteen months. I think we were the only 10 pound poms on this BOAC boeing 707 flight London to Sydney. We were given the royal treatment and driven to Bunnerong migrant Hostel in a commenwealth car. We stayed in Bunnerong for six months before finding a flat, Igot a job with ICI Botany within days of arrival.We were later offered a job and house with Alcoa in Geelong, so we bought a trailer and loaded on our worldly posseions, we stayed overnight in Abury and made Geelong the next day. We love it here
Michael Kemp 23 July, 2013 20:21
My parents emigrated to Australia in 1956 on the Fairsea. We were literally dumped at the Exhibition Buildings whilst the authorities decided where we were supposed to go. We were supposed to go on to Adelaide but as my father was a bricklayer and there was an economic crisis it was decided we would stay in Melbourne. We were sent to Nunawading hostel and stayed there for over a year. School at the hostel was boring but the bush area was great fun. After that my parents moved to Sandringham/Hampton. Finally in 1964 they moved interstate to Adelaide where they stayed until 1974 when they returned to the UK.Their journey to OZ was an experience and they always had fond memories of both states. Unfortunately they never returned but kept in touch with friends. Michael Kemp.
tina brooks 16 July, 2013 15:33
we came to Australia in 1966 on the fair sea we arrive in south Australia in fed 1966 we were bus to the fins bury hostile port Adelaide we went to school there till we move to Elizabeth
melody 14 July, 2013 08:07
i am doing research on the ten pound pom scheme to australia as my year 10 history class is learning about immigration to australia in the 1940's-70's and it is difficult to find primary sources and names of ship, pictures, and was wondering if anyone could help?
Discovery Centre 14 July, 2013 11:31
Hi Melody! Check out the links on the right hand side for other sources of information.  Or, you might want to come in and check out the library in the Immigration Discovery Centre.
Carol 10 July, 2013 22:02
Emigrated to aus for £10 1958 with mum and dad I was only 10years old we sailed on the stratheden arrived at Melbourne stayed with uncle above a sweet shop we moved around a lot living in Clare running a deli ending at jepps cross in Adelaide before returning back to the uk ---have wrote a short book about my adventures in Australia it would be nice to know if any one else travelled on the stratheden at the same time as me sailed jan 1958
Gavin Scott 10 July, 2013 06:39
Looking for any information anyone has on my granddadds family who emigrated to Adelaide from the UK in 1958. Walter Ogilvie Scott (born 12/12/1924 in Scotland), his wife Violet E Scott (14/03/1927) and their daughters Vivienne (29/11/1951) and Jennifer (10/08/1955). They left Tilbury in January 1958 on Stratheden and emigrated to Adelaide. That's really all the information I have other than Walter passed away June 2008, aged 83. His last residence I believe was in Gawler East, Adelaide. If anyone knows anything at all about the family, I would be extremely grateful. Thanks Gavin
Gavin 30 June, 2015 07:04
Hi Michele, I did find his 2 daughters and son, thanks. Thanks also for providing the details of where he's buried.
Michele 3 November, 2014 18:30
Hi Gavin Did you find Walter Ogilvie Scott family in Adelaide yet? regards Michele Name: Scott, Walter Ogilvie Date of Death: 04 June 2008 Age: 83 Years Last Abode: GAWLER EAST, SA Service Type: Burial Cemetery: Smithfield Memorial Park Section: Beam and Headstone B Row: C Site Number: 3 Grant expiry date: 11 June 2058
Carol Stone 10 July, 2013 01:53
Sailed from Southampton on the 31st of December 1957 on the ship P&O STRATHEDEN. me, my father and mother went to go and stay with my dads uncle in Melbourne, Victoria. I am writing a small autobiography based on my journey to Australia. I stayed in jepps cross hostel. If this is of any interest, please contact me.
Guy Van Steenbergen 9 July, 2013 22:19
I'm looking for WLADISLAW ZELENKO. in 1953/1954 his adress was Hertleinstrasse 39 Erlangen Germany.In 1966 he immigrated to Australia probbaly under the name PETER ZELENKO. can't find him on white pages.
Shaun mc sorley 2 July, 2013 08:17
Hi i'm looking for an uncle -Tony Mc Sorley went over on a ten pound ticket in the early 70's from colwyn bay n. wales. Cheers Shaun
simon heatman 16 June, 2013 19:20
Hi guys, I was born in OZ in 1965 to parents who were 10 pound poms. We retuirned to the UK in 1968 and alas I have no recollection of OZ at all. Does anyone know if I would be elegible for dual citizenship as I'm getting the urge to return to my place of birth
Tom Fitzgerald 10 June, 2013 11:34
Hi all Arrived in Australia on 3/9/68 with parents and siblings as 10 pound POMS... Never had visas. I did get a British passport which I never used back in 1999 and it expired...so I am renewing it. I am now going on a cruise to the pacific islands. Do I need a return or re entry visa?? How do I get it when we have no longer got the records of when we arrived ???
Fiona Simpson 10 June, 2013 11:27
We emigrated twice, once in 1967 returning to the UK in 1969 and then again in 1972. I am having trouble finding the date we arrived in Fremantle aboard the SS Britanis (a Chandris Lines ship). My mother has passed on an my father is 92 and unable to remember clearly. I have checked all the obvious websites but can't seem to find the info. Can anyone help or steer me in the right direction?
Discovery Centre 10 June, 2013 13:11
Hi Fiona - not all of the records and information the NAA hold has been indexed online yet. If you've checked their website and your family's info does not appear, click through their "contact us" links for the forms to request them to do a manual search. Best of luck!
Alan Ainsley 4 June, 2013 06:52
This month sees the 50th anniversary of my family emigrating to Australia as £10.00 poms way back in 1963. We travelled via the P&O vessel SS Canberra and were initially accommodated in a hostel near Bankstown, Sydney. However, we very soon relocated to Perth where my mothers sister lived after they had emigrated the previous year. Although I was only 7 the time I can remember much of that time. Unfortunately my mother really missed her family and we eventually returned to the UK in late '65 via the P&O ship Iberia. I remember that I was absolutely gutted at having to leave OZ after we had (or so I thought) got over the hard part of the relocation process and were effectively Australians. My dad never really got over having to revert to being a full-time pom and although he later returned to Oz for 5 years or so he ended up back in the UK where he died in 1999. We lived in Colin Road, Scarborough, Perth and I see from Google Earth that the area has changed out of all recognition in the 50 years that have elapsed since. I've never returned to OZ primarily cos I can't afford it but would still hope to do so at least once before I shuffle off this mortal coil!
michael welch 11 June, 2013 04:32
hello alan,on reading your post it seem,s uncanny how much your story mirror,s mine,we emigrated to Australia june 63 following my dad,s elder brother,we lived at oak flats,nr Wollongong,i was 7 yrs old,but mum never settled and we returned to England November 65 on the australis,i did,nt want to leave,and my dad said it was the biggest mistake he ever made,i still miss Australia to this day though Ive never been back,i have also had a browse on google earth and oak flats has seen a few changes.michael
caroline tuffrey 15 May, 2013 00:21
Hi, I work for a vintage magazine in the UK, Vintage and Homemade Living, and I'm researching an article on 'ten pound poms'. I am trying to get permission to use some photographs in the article of English people arriving or having just arrived in Australia. Can anybody help me please? With very best wishes, Caroline
Fraser Macleod 13 May, 2013 14:51
Hello, A year or two back I heard the term 'two-bob' or 'two-bit' or something similar with reference to a Scottish-Australian immigrant. So Scottish weren't 10£ POMs but had another nickname... Anyone heard of this? Thanks, FM.
Keith Beller 25 April, 2013 21:42
My parents came to Australia on the Fairstar in 1969 under this scheme. I was 4 and my 2 sisters were 11 and 7. The moon landing took place why we were at sea and I remember my parents telling me when I was a bit older how it was beamed via satellite to TV's on board whilst mid ocean which would have been very impressive technology back then
Paul Scofield 25 April, 2013 20:53
I came to Melbourne Australia as a 6 year old with my parents and sister in 1962 on the Castle Felice. We came from Bristol, England, and lived at the Maribyrnong Migrant Hostel. Dad had a job ready in Newcastle but we were required to get off at Melbourne. The luggage went on to Syndney and back to England before coming back on the next voyage. We were to stay at Altona but they had a fire in the kitchen. Mum was very home sick and my parents bought sosme land at Melton with plans to sell later and return to England. We ended up building a home and never returned to the old country. We celebrated 50 years in Australia on 24 September 2012. Mum and Dad were naturalised in the late 1970s and I did the same in 1989. I have never been back. Mum has been many times and on several occassions with Dad. It has been interesting reading the comments of others.
J.E.MacKay 17 April, 2013 08:55
My mother put the aussie offensive 'slinging-off' in it's right perspective. She told me to reply to their taunts by saying "Well at least I had a choice about where I had to live, you didn't, you're stuck here, I can leave anytime I like.".........that took some of the sting out of their taunts. P.S. I also agree with Norah Hunter nee Weirs' comment above, "I love Australia but I'm not in love with it." ......and it is hard being torn between two countries....:(
Philip 31 March, 2013 16:49
So just found your site... very interesting. I guess we can look forward to calling other migrants by derogatory name like 10 pound wogs. I have never understood why this form of selective racism is tolerated. Pom was and has always been a term of aggression toward people from UK and unfortunately things have not changed changed in Australia. Luckily the next wave of migrants to come to these shores were then the target of racism by Australians. UK folks please don't be so naive as to think it was ever a "term of endearment" it never was and the racism continues. Love the country hate the racist views.
Nick Penn 2 November, 2013 08:15
Philip - Come on, cobber, get over it! Being so thin-skinned will not endear you to us other 10 pound POMS, now proud Aussies. You don't say you live in Australia, but I am presuming you do. This is the greatest country in the world, so learn to live with it, laugh it off or just ignore that "offensive" taunt. The more you kick up, the more you will be baited. Watching the Test cricket must drive you mad - you would have to turn the commentary off! Have you "Googled" POM? There are some thoughts on the origin and suspected meanings of it, but there is no definitive explanation of what 'POM' actually means. However, I found the last paragraph of this article interesting - "An alternative origin of the term is that it derives from the word 'pompous'." Hmmm, I think that alternative meaning could be quite accurate for some POMS. Lighten up, mate, life's too short!
Tom Fitzgerald 10 June, 2013 11:51
Oh Phillip, I agree with Dennis ...get a life.. When I'm called a POM I thank them for thinking of something just for us.....then I proceed to tell them POM is an acroymn for Perfection Of Man. They soon give up!! Love this country to bits and also love my England,,, There will always be an England......
dennis robson 15 April, 2013 23:38
Ah Philip...get a life! I was wondering when a whiner would join this thread. The rest of us '10 pound poms' happily reminisced and shared our experiences of coming to this great country, nobody else seemed too bothered at being called by that name. I was a '10 pound pom', now I am a proud Aussie.
Norah Hunter nee Weir 25 March, 2013 13:22
Like so many migrants who came out as ten-pound poms, we didn't come out for a better life because we had the better life, living in a suburb near London. My father was offered a very good job in Sydney, so they brought their four daughters with them. I didn't have a say in my parent's decision, although I was over twenty at the time. I did the dutiful thing and came with them, thinking we would go back after two years. Over forty years later we are all still here and I'm the only one married to an Englishman from Cornwall. I arrived in 1968 on the Fairstar and my husband travelled on the same ship five years earlier. We love Australia but are not in love with it. England will always be regarded as home but would miss Australia very much if we left. It's very hard being torn between two countries.
Julie 23 March, 2013 09:45
Looking for Christine Rooney who left Glasgow in November 1963 with her husband Hugh on assisted passage to Canberra. She is my mums cousin Sylvia Smith. Any info greatly appreciated
Ingrid Marie Smith 13 March, 2013 13:31
My mother, Miss Dorothy Marguerite Louise Ambler came to Australia from the UK,as a Ten Pound Pom.She came on the P & O ship SS Stratheden, arriving in Australia in November 1957. Her destination was Canberra as she was going to a good job there in the Canberra Community Hospital ( sadly, now gone). I would love to hear from any persons who were on that boat. They came via the Suez Canal and mother's descriptions of coming through the canal were wonderful. It was the time when the Suez Canal was being opened and shut. Some ships came through and some had to go around via Cape Town.
Carol. Smith 12 July, 2013 06:19
We. Sailed. On the stratheden. On its next sailng. From. Southampton. In January. 1958. The ship was fantastic. As well as going through. The Suez Canal. We also stopped at. Bombay. Then to our destination. Melbourne. But returned. Back to England after 3 and a. Bit years. Winter time. And dad was poorly nearly died. The ship was like a. Luxury liner. Lots to do Crossing the equator. Was great fun. Dressing up. And walking the plank. Into the swimming pool. Wrote a short story. Of my life out there. To pass onto grandchildren. I. Have been back. To revisit. As a holiday. But regret that we did not stay
J.E.MacKay 3 March, 2013 16:36
Hi fellow migrants, I arrived in February 1957 on the S.S. Arcadia with my bother, sister, Mum and Dad. We sailed from Tilbury and arrived in Syndey 5 weeks later, travelling around the Cape instead of thru the Suez Canal, which was blocked at the time. We were based at Bunnerong Hostel in eastern sydney for 9 months, and resided in block 8, if I remember correctly the room numbers were 810,811,812. Life was good once we got used to the climate and the difference in cultures. Being laughed at constantly for my scottish accent became a daily hazard but I soon learned to talk like a true local and now have no trace (whatsoever)of my original tongue. I attended Crown St., Girls Intermediate High School for the time I lived in the hostel but transferred to Moorefield Girls High School once we'd moved into our own home. My Dad, Ken MacKay only lived till 1967 but my Mum lived until 2007, succumbing to Altzheimers disease several years earlier. My brother and sister are both still living, both having extended families. Even although I was nearly 14 when I arrived here, my memory of the trip is as clear as if it was yesterday, especially rounding the Cape, where dishes got broken, bones got cracked and hundreds of passengers got seasick. The Australian 1956 Kangaroos travelled with us on their return voyage to Sydney. My Dad had great fun conversing with them and trading stories about his life in the RAF. Keith Holman was one who asked us to meet him on the top deck at 5.00am on the 7th Febraury so he could introduce us all to Sydney Harbour thru his eyes. What an extra-ordinary gentleman he was. A special day I shall never forget as we berthed around the back of the harbour somewhere in Balmain, we were told to wait whilst all the paying passengers disembarked and then we were herded like cattle onto a public single decker bus out thru Redfern, Botany and around past the cemetery to Bunnerong Hostel. We lined up at the (female) managers office and told to stand at attention with our arms outstretched and were handed a grey blanket, white sheets, towels, plate, fork, knife and spoon, mug, toilet roll and of course room keys and told to make our way to our respective rooms. That had to be the one and only time I ever saw my father cry. He sat on the spring matress and sobbed "What have I done to you all", he lamented. Of course Mum shooed all three of us kids outside and comforted him. When we were allowed back into our rooms, we all decided there and then to work or help in any way we could to leave that awful place as soon as was possible to do so. This of course took nine months as only three of the five were eligible to work. Dad went straight to work the next day at Qantas, followed by Mum 3 days later where she stayed for 24 years. My brother got a job at MacDonald Construction and eventually transferred to Qantas as an apprentice where he stayed till he retired about 6 years ago. My little sister Patricia went to the kindergarten provided at the hostel and my daily routine was to take care of her in the mornings and drop her off at kindy at which time she would run to the wire fence and cry till I was out of site. Imagine having to travel to Crown St., High knowing that your little 4 yr old sister was sobbing daily till you returned. Not a happy time for me until the kindy teacher informed me that she quit crying the minute I was out of site and started as soon as she saw me get off the bus. Maroubra Beach was our summer haunt, picture threatres at Kingsford and Maroubra were weekly outings for us all. The people around Matraville were absolutely marvellous and never failed to help in any way if we ever got confused about buses, trams etc., It ended up being a positive experience and one which I (for one) will never forget.
Marilyn Robinson nee Spurr 23 March, 2013 11:09
Hi my family and I arrived at Bunnerong hostel in January 1956 and lived there for 4 years I was 11 at the time. My 2 younger sisters both attended the kindy, as my mother worked in the hostel canteen. We eventually moved out of the hostel when my parents bought a house near the drive in at Matraville. I also remember the spending many a happy day at Maroubra beach, and the pictures at Maroubra junction on a Saturday arvo. We lived in Block 3, I have many Happy memories of our time there. although I can remember my mothers tears the day we arrived, Both my parents have passed on now but my 2 sisters and brother are still living.
Deborah Baylis 27 February, 2013 05:40
My family, Geoff, Beryl, Deborah, Shaun and Tracy arrived at Altona Hostel in 1967. Would love to get in touch with any families who were there at the same time.
Discovery Centre 31 January, 2013 12:18

Hi Louise,

Unfortunately, this is outside our area of expertise. You will need to contact the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship to clarify your mother’s situation. You may like to visit their citizenship website as well. 

Louise 31 January, 2013 00:00
Hi there. My mum came to Australia in 1966 from the UK as part of the '10 pound pom'. She has lived in the country ever since and has never obtained a British Passport, or obtained australian citizenship/passport, nor did she have any type of Visa with her. She is looking at going overseas in the next year to Chili and needs a passport. So my question is, is it better/easier for her to get a British Passport, or become an Australian Citizen and get an Australian Passport? Will she be able to get back into the country on a British Passport? And what documents does she need to obtain a passport, and how do we go about finding out what (if any) type of visa she is on? As im guessing she is a permanent resident status, how do we prove this and put it on a british passport so she doesn't have trouble getting back into Australia. Thank you in advance for any help!
Richard 22 September, 2013 10:15
Hi Louise My mum also wants to know what visa etc, she returned to Uk in 1972 having spent 2years in Sydney. We hope she still has status. Have you had any luck your end finding your mums status. Richard
Steve Roper 29 January, 2013 23:35
My family were among the last of the 10-pound-Poms in 1974 aboard the Britanis. My question, however, is architectural in nature: I'm looking for floor plans for the houses Realty Development Corporation (RDC) mass-constructed in the outer-suburb developments, which were built to house the 10-pound-Poms, during the late 1960s and 1970s. These houses had names such as "the Sherwood", "the Whitehall", "the Flinders" or "the Coolibah". Can anyone assist me in locating floor plans for these houses, or point me in the right direction? Googling produces no viable result, so any assistance you can provide would be great, thanks.
Discovery Centre 25 January, 2013 11:13
Hello Nick! Previous commenters will not be aware if someone has responded to them on this page, particularly if they were just sharing an experience rather than asking a question. Unless they are checking frequently, they may not have seen your message at all. Hopefully they will visit again soon, and thanks for your contributions.
Nick Penn 24 January, 2013 20:31
Hi to the following people who have contributed to this website on the following dates: Ann Gregory (nee Renshaw) - 13 June 2011 to whom I replied on 14 February 2012. Carolyn Denney (nee Hazelwood) - 27 January 2012 to whom I replied on 8 February 2012. Diane Cathcart (Mathison) - 15 October 2012 to whom I replied on 27 October 2012. Each of these people have not replied to me as yet. I hope they do, as posting articles to the site and not following them up seems to me to be pointless. So, how about getting back to me - please!
Jody Coleman 22 January, 2013 01:25
Hi all, we have family that migrated in the 50's and got back in touch for the first 20-30 years, but have now disapeared. trying to find if anyone can help. looking for Keith Glyn Coleman (my Grandfathers brother)would be nice to try and get them back in touch one last time.
ron nightingale 19 January, 2013 13:26
My name is Ron Nightingale. I migrated from north east County Durham from a small ex mining village called Broompark which is situated very close to Ushaw Moor. We left in February and came to Fremantle west Aust with my parents and 2 sisters. We were on the Oriana and arrived in march of 1962. We went to Pt Walter camp which was previously a military camp. The oriana was the newest ship sailing then and she was 43,000 tons. In 1963 they launched the Canberra which was 45,000 tons and the finest of the Orient lines but on her maiden voyage she caught fire in the engine room and abandoned the trip at the first port and the passengers were then flown in to Australia. The trip was awesome for us with great food and entertainment. Also a lifetime adventure stopping and getting off in all those ports. I think it was about a 6 week trip or maybe a bit less but i recall i had my 12th birthday on board which was 14 March. It was not such a splendid trip for many as they were not so fortunate and sailed on some of the much older and smaller ships and i heard lots of stories of others being seasick most of the voyage. The Sitmar lines had some of these ships such as the Fairsea and Fairsky.I tried tracking down us on a passenger list just for the fun of it and also came to dead ends. I think a lot of government records might have been discarded when computers took over.Almost every family went to immigration hostels and then the government had them on a state housing list and i would have thought that would be the best place to try tracing as each family would have been recorded as being allocated to various addresses. My mother is still alive today and has most the paperwork somewhere and there is a paper that states that under the age of 16 children automatically became accepted as citizens after a period of time which i think was 2 years. my sister was 16 and had to pay for her citizenship papers but i never bothered. The cost now is around 500 dollars but i am 62 and if i am going to do it i will wait until i am on the aged pension as it is way cheaper.
catherine murphy 13 January, 2013 00:04
i am looking for a chap who is Irish and left england on the £10 boat his name is eric dunne and he would now be in his late 60th My name is eddie murphy and my son's are living in perth thank you
les edwards 10 January, 2013 21:25
we were 10 pound poms,went via the orion in may 1960, i was 10 with older and younger sisters,we were at broadmeadows till we left for new zealand, my stay in australia was great at the camp,but,school was a terrifying experience as the teacher constantly bullied me calling me a pommy bastard among many other nasty things,my favourite memories are of all those weeks on the ship just having fun, we roamed the ship in both classes with no one ever bothering us, very adventurous for a 10 year old.
Alan Monroe 10 January, 2013 15:02
I arrived in Melbourne in March 1971 on board the Australis, staying at the Orana Hostel in Hawthorn for a few days before moving out. Single people didn't get long in the Hostels! Lived in Melbourne for 17 years before moving to Adelaide for a stint and then to Sydney. Nearly 42 years in Australia - beats the alternatives.
Christine Wilon 10 January, 2013 14:38
Left Dundee Scotland and travelled to Heathrow where I was met my a very handsome Australian who looked after me until my plane left for Australia. I came by plane because I was under 19 alone on the 10 pound scheme. Settled in Brisbane and love it here but still call Scotland home. Been home many times but always glad to return to Oz.
Felicity West (Nee Brady) 9 January, 2013 00:20
We were 10 pound poms and came to Australia on the Fair Star in October 1962. We were first sent to Villawood Hostel and later to Bunnerong Hostel. I would like to hear from anyone who knew my parents Jean & Matthew Brady or indeed any of my siblings. Pauline, Catherine, Peter, Fiona, Deirdre, Felicity, Lorraine, Penelope. There was a newspaper article done on us when we arrived headed 7 Brides for 7 Australians and later the Womens Weekly did a few follow ups. Any friends of my parents please contact me. Thanks Felicity
dennis robson 6 January, 2013 23:29
My parents were 10 pound poms and travelled to Melbourne on the Fairstar in 1964. I was 4 years old and my brother 6yo. We lived at the Fishermans Bend Hostel for 2 years. My mother wanted a better enviroment to beat her kids. In 1981 I went on a South Pacific cruise on the Fairstar, the sights and smell of the ship vividly brought it all back to me as if it were yesterday.
Ian Delamont 31 July, 2014 23:29
I was on this ship and turned 9 whilst on board in 1964 we disembarked in Sydney - my dad worked on the Opera House. We returned toEngland in 1967
Linda Smeaton 5 January, 2013 13:06
We emigrated to Australia in 1961 i am trying to find my name on the passenger list from the S S Arcadia it left Southampton arrived in Outer Harbour on the 4th April 1961.does anyone know how i can get this information
Discovery Centre 6 January, 2013 10:43
Hi Linda, you need to search the National Archives of Australia website for passenger lists.  If you have no luck on the website, consider contacting them directly.
george graham 22 December, 2012 18:39
we arrived in sydney august 1965 and lived at east hills hostel for two years,we went to east hills boys, we spent most of our time as kids down at the river either swimming(even in winter )or fishing for mullets....a great time after early years in cold old blantyre..great times,now just turned 60.
Tracy Hunt 24 June, 2013 19:03
Hiya George I know this is a long shot but I am trying to trace a Eliabeth Wilson Black or Graham and her husband George Graham?? They emigrated on the 14th November 1962. Would you be a relative of theres?? Elizabeth was born on the 29th March 1931 in Kelvin Glasgow?? Hope to hear from you.Tracy.xx
Yvonne Ross (nee Spittle) 24 November, 2012 23:19
I recently found out Julia Gillard was on the same voyage as me LOL. Maybe we played together in the creche. If only I knew then, maybe could have given here some advice, we as 3 year olds Haha. I have some funny photos of the Fairsky passengers looking VERY sick. Also have some great documents regarding the immigration. Thanks to Dad being a hoarder.
bernice pratt 20 November, 2012 10:49
Husband and I came to Oz on Strathnaver May 1961. I had passport. He was ex serviceman and none req'd.Baby son came under husbands name. We have no record of son coming to Aust. Info needed now for Centrelink. Ship passenger list states our names plus infant. Help.
Discovery Centre 20 November, 2012 12:12
Hi Bernice, the National Archives of Australia will have all the records relating to your family's immigration. You should contact them through their Making Australia Home page in order to obtain these documents. Good luck!
MR KENNETH CARR 18 November, 2012 03:10
At the moment doing a bit of reminising about our £10 trip to Sydney Australia on board the RMS Himalaya leaving Tilbury Feb 18th 1966 arriving late march we stayed at Heathecotes/east hills hostel, we came back to England May 1971, we are visiting sydney in Feb next year, we are hoping to hear from anyone from that time. especially Beryl and Mick Brooks who lived in Monavale. from Ken,Sylvia,Paul,Lorraine and Sandra and also John who was born out there in march 69.
Diana Hancock 12 November, 2012 14:06
My mum was one of the Ten Pound Poms to Perth. She arrived onboard The New Australia in Fremantle, on Feb 26, 1956 alone at 18 from Southampton. She worked at UWA for a decade in the Arts and Literature Department. Later she married my father, John, son of Sir Valston Hancock and migrated abroad to Canada, where they have been married almost 50 years. I met my fiance in Hawaii, a man from Perth and though I've never lived here until now followed in her footsteps in my own migration to Perth, Western Australia. How life comes full circle!
technobritish12 10 November, 2012 16:01
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patricia malins (nee morrison) 7 November, 2012 09:26
My mother and I imigrated to australia arriving on the Strathnaver in May 1958. We had a sponser who met us off the boat and took us to accommodation in Neutral Bay, north Sydney. My mother worked in the imigration dept. in Market St. Sydney. She was originally taken to Australia at the age of 2yrs when my grandfather worked for Dorman &Long building the Sydney Harbour bridge, they came back to england when she was 12 in 1932 when the bridge was finished. I still have the 2shilling piece (florin) given to all the workers on the Bridge when it was finished. My grandmother had it dipped in gold and made into a brooch. I went to school in Sydney and then to work in the Valuer General's Dept. Philip St. Sydney and retuned to England in 1965. Would I have been a citizen?
Irene Booth nee Kiernan 16 April, 2013 01:24
Hi Patricia this is the 1st time I have come across someone who travelled on the Strathnaver May 1958. We set off at the end of April and I actually had my 11th birthday on the ship, we landed at Adelaide but Mum and Dad couldn't settle so in August 1960 Mum, Dad, my little sister Patricia and I travelled back home on the SS oronsay my Brother being older stayed in Adelaide where he still lives. I remember the fantastic time as children we had on the Strathnaver, the long journey never worried us and to see all the different countries was fantastic which helped with my geography at school ha ha.Hope you are well are you still in England?
Immigration Discovery Centre 8 November, 2012 10:25

Hi Patrica,

Australian  citizenship  was  created  through  the  Nationality  and  Citizenship  Act  1948,  and came  into  effect  26  January  1949, prior to 1949, Australians could only hold the status of British subjects.  Unless you applied for Australian Citizenship you are still a British subject. If you are unsure of what documentation was filled out on your behalf as a child you can obtain records from the National Archives of Australia. You may also be interested in reading the following history of Australian Citizenship. If you wish to apply for citizenship you will need to contact the Department of Immigration.

Tess Oliver 3 November, 2012 15:11
We came on the Fairsky in 1965. I have some photos of it on the day we left, if interested please let me know.
Discovery Centre 27 October, 2012 13:10
Hi Amy, check out the Australian Bureau of Statistics website for statistical data.  You might also want to look at Ten Pound Poms: Australia's invisible migrants by James Hammerton & Alistair Thomson (2005) and The English is Australia by James Jupp (2004).
Amy 25 October, 2012 09:53
Hey, I am doing a essay on ten pound poms and I'm trying to find some statistics on maybe where people came from OR how many people returned home etc. Any help would be appreciated !
Diane Cathcart (Mathison) 15 October, 2012 16:38
My parents, Alan and Connie Mathison, arrived in Sydney on the Castel Felice from England in 1962, along with me, my older sister and baby brother. We lived at Bunnerong hostel for around 18 months. My parents then decided to move to New Zealand as they couldn't see themselves staying in a hostel for the long term. I was only young but I have quite vivid memories of living in the hostel and attending Matraville Primary school.
Nick Penn 22 October, 2012 21:58
Hi, Diane I was also in Bunnerong Hostel with my two sisters and mum and dad. We arrived from England on the P&O Orion in May 1962 and lived in 725 South for about three years. I guess our paths must have crossed at some time in your 18 months there. I was 12 on arrival, possibly a little older than you. We all moved to South Australia after our stay there. Are you still in NZ or are you back in OZ? Good luck to you, wherever you are.
Peter Smith-Evans 10 October, 2012 00:10
In the 1950's I was a crew member on board the Strathmore, Stratheden and the Orion all carrying passengers to Australia. On the second of seven trips I met an English girl called Sally Leggett who I, at a very young age of seventeen fell madly in love with. As things do circumstances were not on our side and I left the Merchant Navy and served in the British Army for over twenty years and never saw or heard from Sally again. I would dearly like to find out what happened to her and her family. They disembarked in Sydney but latter moved to Victoria Road Sandringham outside Melbourne where I visited them several times including Christmas 1957.
richens david and claire 8 October, 2012 15:58
david and claire richens left SOuthampton August Bank holiday 1970 on the Ellinis and arrived at Station pier, Melbourne 28th Sept.1970.We came to a new life in a new country for the sake of our children who were born in Melbourne. Our son is 35 and is a train driver and our daughter is 33 and is a school teacher and they thank us for coming to this land of opportunity where they have a good life!
Nigel G Gardener 8 October, 2012 00:35
The gardener family came to Australia in 1968 from the UK. Herbert and Evelyn..Paul, Roy, Stephen, Nigel and Gill.
Tania Armstrong 8 December, 2012 12:12
Did you arrive in Feb on the Fairsky by any chance, im looking for pics or info (1968) if anyone can help pls
Immigration Discovery Centre 7 October, 2012 10:24
Hi Thomas! The National Archives of Australia is the national records repository for records from 1923 onwards, including records of immigration by plane. I would suggest contacting the National Archives for the information you have requested. When making the enquiry, you'll need to provide the name of the passengers and other details such as date of arrival and flight number.You will generally receive a copy of the passenger card that was filled out upon arrival to Australia. The information on the card usually includes dates of travel and the flight number. Names have not been recorded in lists for passage by plane, as they were for immigrant ships. You can contact the National Archives of Australia by phone on 1300 886 882, or by email ref@naa.gov.au[.]
christine 26 August, 2012 04:27
Searching for Mary (TESSA) nee Johnson born Birmingham Uk 1945. Mary was in Shenley Fields Childrens Home in the 1950's, we think she may have been a Ten pound Pom ! Her family are searching for her.
Discovery Centre 26 August, 2012 11:49

Hello Christine,

Twentieth century immigration records, including information and documentation relating to the 10 Pound Pom Scheme, are held by the National Archives of Australia (NAA). You can search for such documents using the NAA's online RecordSearch tool and request copies of certain items. You can also contact the National Archives of Australia through their Making Australia Home project for further assistance in searching for your own and your family’s records.

Michael Richardson 20 August, 2012 12:34
I arrived as a ten pound pom in July1967 with my family on the Fairstar..I was 17yrs old at the time and we stayed in the Nunawading hostel..it seems I have been on the move ever since. Mike
Iris Weir nee Allan 5 August, 2012 17:21
We arrived in Melbourne aboard MV Somersetshire on 4thJune 1949 at Station Pier It was a beautiful warm sunny day and as a 7yr old it was an amazing day and life here has remained on the main a warm welcoming experience. With work anything can be attained in the freedom we have in this country. Is there anyone out there who spent 6weeks and 4days at sea with us?
Discovery Centre 3 August, 2012 11:08
Hi Lauren, try searching the NAA website with the family name in the RecordSearch page.  If you have no luck, you will need to contact the NAA directly and they will be able to assist you further.
Lauren 2 August, 2012 22:57
I am trying to find the records of my Nan and Grandad and their 5 children arriving in Australia in January 1970. They left London in December 1969. They remember the name of the ship being Castel Felice but I have searched the passenger lists and cant find anything. Are you able to help me with any information on this trip? Thank you.
Jennie Medcalf 24 July, 2012 18:04
I'm looking for an old friend of my husband. He left Leeds around 1966 for Australia as a £10 pom. I found him on Friends Reunited 7 or 8 years ago and I know it meant a lot to my husband. We've made the big move down under but to New Zealand to be near our family. We last heard of Les living on the outskirts of Brisbane. We would love to meet up as we are spending a week in Brisbane next year, prior to our cruise. If there is anyone out there who could help put us in touch, I would be most grateful.
Pam weldon 30 June, 2012 05:42
Looking for Mario dominic zilko who emigratd around1956.First address 10 orr street strathmore victoria. Lived in Marlborough Place London before emigrating
Discovery Centre 28 June, 2012 12:23

Hi Daniel,

The Brooklyn Hostel was at 431 Francis Street Brooklyn, whereas the Altona Hostel was off Kororoit Creek Road, Altona, where what is now known as 'Technopark' currently is. More information about the Brooklyn Hostel can be found by typing 'Brooklyn Migrant Hostel' in the search box on this Heritage Victoria webpage.  

Daniel D O'Brien 27 June, 2012 20:07
Parents were ten pound poms and we arrived in Melbourne on the Fairsky in May 1967. Wwe initally stayed in the hostel in Brooklyn. (Wondering is that the Altona Hostel that everyone is talking about
Geoff Mason 26 June, 2012 15:39
Apologies in advance for spamming the thread. But it is relevant! The National Archives of Australia is previewing their new site Destination: Australia (http://www.destinationaustralia.gov.au) to key community groups. That means you can get a sneak peak as well. The site has over 20,000 photographs taken to document Australia's post-war immigration boom. If you know someone who migrated to Australia following WWII they might have been caught on film. Get on the site to share your story or just start tagging the people and places you know.
Roy Peacock 21 June, 2012 12:47
Great reading about all the other kindred spirits.I had just turned 7 when we came here as 10 pound poms,7 of us counting parents.We travelled on the fairstar and it was the trip of a liftime for a young kid.Thanks ossies for alowing us into the country my parents definetly made the right choice.
RON MCGURK 18 June, 2012 18:15
marje painter nee Bellard 7 October, 2012 04:02
Hi Vera and Ron, how is life for you ? I just seen your message looking for your friends in Melbourne. I am Jack and Mary's daughter. I now live in Turkey :) Do you ever hear from Ann and Andy's kids? Love, Marje xxx
Alice Ward 15 May, 2012 18:16
Hello we Arrived in Preston immigration camp on the 24th Dec 1960 WE traveled on the Fair Sky from Southhampton in November My father was Alex Ward , Mother was Chrissie, brother was Alex We only stayed in Australia for 4/5 months b4 moving on to N.Z.
Danny Phelan 14 May, 2012 19:31
I came to Australia with my family on the SS Iberia and arrived at Fremantle on the 5th April 1958 we disembarked at Adelaide. We stayed in a hostel at Elder Park in Adelaide for 6 weeks before going to the hostel at Gepps Cross. Does anyone know what date the ship left England and what port?
Aunt Fanny 14 May, 2012 09:39
fascinating article... If I could move to another country for 10 pounds I would be there in an instant! love Aunt Fanny xox
Jessica Adams 3 May, 2012 14:38
My family emigrated from England to Australia on the Britanis in 1973, when I was nine years old. Nearly 40 years later I edited a travel book for HarperCollins called Holiday Goddess. I was introduced to another travel writer called Deborah Dickson-Smith...who was on the same voyage. The odds of that must be pretty incredible.
Susan Jones (nee Godfrey) 25 April, 2012 22:59
I emigrated with my mum, Christine & dad, Peter on the £10 pom deal from Crewe, Cheshire.........we lived in the hostel in Church Street, Burwood NSW from 1964 to 1969 until my dadd ill health returned us back to the UK :( does anyone remember us ? I remember my little frienf at the tim was Clair Hardman and we went to the fancy dress party, me as a french maid and Clair as a bar of palmolive soap !
Jenny Leesman 26 October, 2012 15:29
Hi Susan, just reading your post from last April. We too emigrated from UK but not at same time as you. We were there 1957 for 2 yrs. Ghastly place! I too remember my friends there and often wonder what they are doing now. Best wishes, Jenny.
Discovery Centre 24 April, 2012 10:45
Hi Merv, thanks for the question. There were many migrant hostels across Melbourne, and there was in fact one in Brooklyn, and one in Altona. According to the entry in eMelbourne, Borthwick's Abattoir was located in Brooklyn, so it is possible that you stayed in the Brooklyn Migrant Hostel, you can read more about it on the Victorian Heritage Database.
ALAN HEATH 16 April, 2012 15:52
Thank you for the tips, very helpful.
Discovery Centre 16 April, 2012 11:02
Hi there Allan, thanks for the lovely compliment. To trace your wife's relatives, it could be a good idea for you to follow some of the tips to be found in our blog post on Locating living people. These might help you to locate where they went and where they are now.
ALAN HEATH 15 April, 2012 22:38
Great website. I am looking for my wifes mother and daughter (my wifes sister). They travelled in March 1956 to Sydney on the ship STRATHNAVA. Mums name was Amy Hall dob 30.8.24 and daughters name was Carol dob 28.8.45. Also travelling with them were Amy's mum and dad Lily & William Petty, Margorie Hall (posibly and auntie) and another child Susan Hall (possibly neice). Does anyone have any clues as to where I could find out where they went?
Janet Elderfield 15 April, 2012 18:05
Great reading all the 10 pound pom comments. I came out by myself when I was 27 as a one of these lucky people on the Fairsky in 1967 arriving in Sydney July/August? Have married a great Aussie and adopted two Aussie children. Best move I ever made.
Steven Harrop 10 April, 2012 21:20
Hello Owen:)the years have just drifted on by. Give my regards to John and family. All the best from the Wild Wild West.. ps...Freo still looks the same.
Discovery Centre 8 April, 2012 10:01

Hi Carol,

For more information on this subject, please visit our British subjects and Australian citizenship webpage. Though you will be best served by contacting the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

Carol 7 April, 2012 11:27
I arrived in australia in 1964 on the ten pound assited passage scheme. I am currently looking to become an australian citizen. I have being told that I am already an australian citizen by coming over on this scheme. Is this correct? If it isnt are you able to give me the information required for me to become an ausralian citizen. Any information that you are able to offer will be greatly appreciated. Also if my parents came over on a visa with us did that make them a australian citizen therefor making me a descendant of a Australian citizen. I have documentation of arrival is there any need to get more information for citizenship and if so are there any avenues you are able to offer me as both of my parents are deceased. Thanking you Carol Barrett nee: Carol Cliff
Richard 22 September, 2013 10:26
Hi Carol Can you tell me if you got any further in your situation. I'm hoping my mum got citizenship but she cannot remember. It was so long ago 1970-1972 then she came back to the uk still classed as a minor.
Lynda 20 November, 2012 11:02
Hi Carol, My mum came out in May 1951 on the Cameronia, her dad told her their Visa was for residency only not citizenship. When my dad surprised her with a trip to England in 2010 (the only time she went back) she decided to become a citizen as peace of mind to ensure she could come back without any problems. You must meet all the same requirements as any other applicant; however a good history as a law abiding resident/taxpayer etc should make it a breeze (as it did for mum). Best of luck, Lynda.
Discovery Centre 5 April, 2012 11:34

Hi Louise,

Keith's record will be with the NAA. The reason you can't find them is that only about 20% of records have been put online. You will need to contact the NAA directly to ask them to locate the record. Please be aware that there will be a cost involved for this service.

Louise Howland 4 April, 2012 22:45
I am researching the life of Keith Gilbert Lamb, who came to Australia on the assistaed passage 10 pound pom scheme in 1970 from Southampton to Sydney on the Achille Lauro. Keith Lamb started a very successful Australian band called Hush. He had fronted successful bands in teh UK too and wrote songs for status Quo. I can't seem to find his record on the NAA website. Are there any other ways to research this...or perhaps I am not doing something correctly. Would greatly appreciate any and all assistance. I am also interested of course if anyone was on that ship...Robin Jackson, an irish man called PeeWee and Andy Odd were apparently sharing the cabn with Keith. Many thanks in anticipation! Louise
maureenstreather nee childs 24 March, 2012 01:32
my father was a 10 pound pom so i was told he left us when i eas 4 i would like to try to find any thing about him as my mother never spoke of him he went with steel firm stewts/lloyds of corby.i was told he married on the voyage going out as he left mum with 4 kids and a det i was the youngest no one ever spoke of him i have tried to but i do not want to cause a problem for another family as he never divorced my mother.as i get older i just wonder if ther is another family could you help me ?
Brian Taylor 21 March, 2012 23:18
I am also a ten pound pom and proud of it. I came here in 1966 on the Fairsky. We went to Hobart in Tasmania and I later moved to the mainland. I/m still only a permanent resident as I never got round to doing the citizenship bit, I've always felt like an Aussie and I guess that was because we had citizen rights when we got here. I'm now married to a Malaysian lady and I've been living in Malaysia for the last 11 years. I/m now having great trouble convincing the dept of immigration that I should be allowed to get a new RRV and citizenship. Is there anything I can do to get a fast track to citizenship?
Discovery Centre 22 March, 2012 16:42

Hello Brian,

Unfortunately the museum cannot suggest anything to fast track your citizen application. Here a link to the Citizenship wizard from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship which might assist you with your application.


Joel 20 March, 2012 20:40
I would really like to know why they actually came to Australia and what appealed to them about Australia and how the rights and freedoms are different. Im Writing an Essay on the migration.
Discovery Centre 22 March, 2012 16:38

Hi Joel,

There are many excellent resources that may help in your research.  To the right of this article there is a list of links that should be useful.  Our Origins website contains lots of statistical information about migration including an overview of English migration to Victoria.  Another great resource is the book Ten Pound Poms: Australia’s Invisible Migrants by Hammerton & Thomson which you can view at the Immigration Museum’s Discovery Centre or at your local library. Also, search on Trove for a variety of resources referring to the Ten Pound Poms.  Good luck with your essay!


maria 16 March, 2012 21:31
I came out with my parents in 1967 when I was 10 they came as 10 pound poms. I would like to know if any others who were children have a certificate stating they are permanent residents
Janet 11 November, 2014 19:22
Hi Maria,I arrived here in 1967 on the Ellinis at age 13.I only became a permant resident in 2012 and had to obtain this to keep my job as after a tragic event in my industry we had to prove our legal status to be living in this country.Easy enough to obtain just a phone call to immigration and paperwork was sent to me,the whole process too about a month.hope it helps
JOnathan 29 February, 2012 23:05
I was on the Britanis early 1971. Does anyone else remember the soot on the deck tennis court and the way some of the stewards wouldn't let us kids get too many biscuits when they served tea...and then the Nissan huts of Cabramatta.
Marion 29 February, 2012 02:33
To Cheryl who was asking about the Britanis. I arrived in November 1974 on the Britanis & it docked at Outer Harbour in South Australia. Such a long time ago!! Marion
geoff beesley 16 February, 2012 19:54
we came out from liverpool in england in 1955 on the ship the new australia i was 6years old i am trying to contact anybody that was at the bunnerong migrant from 1955 to 1960 i am after photos and as much information as posible we moved to lalor park in 1959 and our family name is beesley can anyone help ok to publish this message i need help geoff beesley
Nick Penn 14 February, 2012 19:51
To Ann Gregory (nee Renshaw) Our family was in Bunnerong from 1962-65, in block 7 south. Was your dad Brian? Did you move to Adelaide in the 1960s, perhaps to Parafield Gardens?
Discovery Centre 10 February, 2012 11:38

Hi Ian,
You can attempt to locate your friends by either searching the White Pages or contacting the Australian Electoral Commision. Good luck!

Ian 10 February, 2012 02:31
I arrived in Adelaide with my parents On the FairSky in July 1969. I am trying to locate a family that continued on to Melbourne. Mr & Mrs Warboys with Daughters Denise, Dawn, Debbie. Is there anyway of finding there whereabouts??? Regards
Debbie Watts nee Worboys 22 June, 2015 10:02
Living in sunny Qld now.
Sylvia 21 June, 2015 22:36
Hi Ian, Just saw your query about the Warboys family on the Fairsky in 1969. How did you know the family? I may be able to help.
Nick Penn 8 February, 2012 21:22
To Carolyn Denney (nee Hazelwood) Our family was in Bunnerong from 1962-65. Were you the Hazelwood lass with two brothers Richard and Robert(?), mum Mary and dad Charles? Did you move to Elizabeth from Sydney?
Maria 8 February, 2012 00:30
I was a ten pound pom, leaving with my brother from Southampton on 31st July 1968 on the "Castel Felici" and arriving in Sydney on Friday 6th September 1968. We were met by APEX and taken to the Cremorne Point Hotel where we had been booked in. We stayed for a week and got a flat with another friend off the ship, Linda Greenhalgh, at Woolwich - what an absolutely fantastic introduction to Sydney. I have been here ever since, married with a family, have been back many times, but love this Country. I too always thought I was automatically an Australian Citizen after we had stayed here for over two years - I have been on the electoral roll since. Does anybody remember me - I was one of the group who missed the ship in Fremantle and was transported by the Pilot Boat back to the ship!!!