Certificate of Australian Citizenship and envelope, for James William Ward, dated 1 August, 1980. The certificate has been signed by Ian Macphee, Minister of State for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, and Hubert Healy, Mayor of Malvern. A specimen of J.W. Ward's signature is affixed to the certificate and embossed with a seal of the Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs.
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.
Certificate of Australian Citizenship with accompanying envelope. Printed in colour on buff card, with a red embossed seal and particular details added in black typescript and with signatures 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 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.
Donation from William & Jennifer Barlow, 22 Feb 2012
Printed on the front of the certificate, under the coat of arms: 'COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA / Australian Citizenship Act / CERTIFICATE OF / AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP / James William Ward...' Printed on the envelope: 'CERTIFICATE OF / AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP'
Type of item
209 mm (Width), 298 mm (Height)
Migration Schemes, English Immigration, Community Organisations, Immigrant Voyages, Immigration, Migrants, Assisted Immigration, Citizenship, Australian Citizenship Conventions, Australian Citizenship Act