Documet of Identity No 203551 issued in lieu of a Passport by the Department of Immigration, Commonwealth of Australia, Australia House, London to Mr James Wiliam Ward, for a single journey to Australia as an approved migrant accompanied by his wife Mary Harriet Ward and three children, dated 17 October 1961.

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

Single sheet of a proforma document printed on one side only in black ink on grey paper, with the crest of the Commonwealth of Australia above the Document Title, and with particular details of the bearer, his wife and childen typewritten in black ink and handwritten in blue ink on a printed form of white paper glued to the Document of Identity, signed by J.W.Ward and Mary H. Ward and the document signed for the Chief Migration Officer over the embossed seal of the Immigration Office London. Number stamped on top right corner and on reverse there are two port entry stamps.


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 300 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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