British Passport issued to John William Gordon-Kirkby by the Consul General of Tangier for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on 4 July 1959.

John was born in Gibraltar on 26 August 1936, his parents having crossed over from the Spanish mainland so that he would be born a British subject. They subsequently lived in Morocco. In 1961 John migrated to Australia as part of the assisted Bristish migration scheme, working in Papua New Guinea and remote central Australia for many years. He became an Australian citizen in 1987.

Physical Description

Black covered passport with United Kingdom Coat of Arms in gold on the cover. The inside of the passport contains personal details, immigration stamps and a photograph of the holder.


This is a small but quite comprehensive collection of material representing the immigration process of a British subject. We have few birth certificates and passports in the collection and these, with the identity documents and the receipts illustrate the process of purchasing the well known 10 pound assisted passage as well as the exchange of identity document for passport. The photos were brought with the donor and illustrate his early childhood home. It is important to continue to acquire these immigration document collections as they strengthen the range of stories and types of documents.

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