Letter from Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, Australia to Mr. Ward, 239 Tooronga Road, Glen Iris, Victoria, dated 12 September 1980, inviting him to a ceremony at City Hall, Malvern on 2 October 1980 for the presentation of his Certificate of Australian citizenship.
This letter forms part of a series of items related to James (Jim) and Mary Ward's Australian citizenship.
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.
Single sheet of buff paper with a printed letterhead and the crest of Australia in blue ink and a departmental logo as a footer, and a standard letter in black ink with addressee details typewritten in black ink and signature in blue ink.
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.
Donation from William & Jennifer Barlow, 22 Feb 2012
Letterhead: 'DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATION AND ETHNIC AFFAIRS / Commonwealth Centre / La Trobe Street / Melbourne, Victoria 3000' Text; 'Dear Mr. Ward, / You will have received a letter telling you that your application for /Australian citizenship ... (extended text) ... Seat No. 19'
Type of item
210 mm (Width), 296 mm (Height)