Floor plan of migrant house at 371 Wattletree Road, East Malvern, hand-drawn by Alex Barlow, Secretary of 'Bring out a Briton' Committee, Methodist Church, Burke Road East Malvern, circa 1960. The timber-framed house is weatherboard-clad with a terracotta tiled hip roof. It has a side entry off a verandah and comprises four main rooms and kitchen, bathroom, laundry and a sleepout. A photograph of the house is included in the collection (MM129961) and also in a letter to the Wards from Betty Barlow (HT32476). The house was purchased by the church in February 1959 for 4,560 pounds and first occupied under the scheme on 8 June 1960 by the Herron family. By July 1964 forty-one people had lived in the house under the church's program.

Part of a large collection of material relating to the migration and settlement of British migrants to Australia in the 1960s under the 'Bring Out a Briton' Scheme. It documents in particular both the migration experiences of James and Mary Ward and their three children who arrived in Melbourne on the 'TSS Stratheden' from Yorkshire in December 1961; and the Burke Road East Malvern Methodist Church's sponsorship of a number of English families, including the Wards, under the Scheme. The Church's support included temporary accommodation for assisted families in a neighbouring house. The 'Bring Out a Briton' Scheme (1957-1982) was part of a Commonwealth Government initiative which offered subsidised ship fares, accommodation and support to encourage migration from the UK to Australia after World War II.

Physical Description

Hand-drawn plan in red and blue ink on single sheet of paper.


The Ward/Barlow Families collection is of national significance in documenting British assisted migration to Australia post-World War II. The collection provides a comprehensive snapshot from the commencement to completion of a British assisted migration experience and illuminates post-war immigration policies and procedures which favoured British immigration into Australia.

The collection of almost 400 items comprises a unique body of documentation with intersections between personal, community and government narratives that explore British post-World War II assisted migration. It includes photographs, personal correspondence, documents and objects offering a rare glimpse into the role of the Australian and British governments, Methodists Church sponsorship and community engagement in assisting and welcoming British immigrants to Australia. Assisted British migration was a constant theme of Australian immigration history until the early 1980s. Government initiatives such as the 'Bring Out A Briton' scheme had an enormous impact on the composition and size of the Australian population, making the Ward/Barlow collection of broad social and political historical significance.

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