Letter from P.A.Birrell, Town Clerk, City of Malvern to Mr and Mrs J. W. Ward, 239 Tooronga Road, East Malvern, Victoria, dated 29 September 1980, noting the invitation issued to them for a ceremony at City Hall, Malvern on 2 October 1980 for the presentation of her Certificate of Australian citizenship and inviting them on behalf of the Mayor, Cr Healy and Mrs Healy to a supper at the conclusion of the proceedings.

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.

Physical Description

Single sheet of buff paper with a printed letterhead in black ink and the crest of City of Malvern in grey ink, and a standard letter and signature printed in black ink with addressee details typewritten in black 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.

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