Letter from K J Smith, Commonwealth Migration Officer for Victoria, Department of Immigration to Mrs Mary Gung of Ascot Vale on 6 December 1962. Stating that her registration as an Australian citizen has been approved. Mary arrived in Melbourne from Hong Kong on the ship Shansi in 1947, with her husband Samuel and two children Jeffrey and Phyllis. Her name at this time is recorded on her vaccination certificate as Mark Wai Kwua. The Gung family collection documents their experiences of immigrating and living in Australia from the 1920s to the 1960s and the gradual easing of the White Australia policy.

Mary was married to Samuel Gung, who was born in Australia to Chinese parents. They remained in Australia after migrating in 1947, having four more children here. They were greatly assisted in immigration matters by Auther Calwell, then Immigration Minister, and a friend of the family.

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Yellowing paper with Department letterhead. Printed in black ink. Personal details typed in black. Signature in blue pen. Small tear on right hand side

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