Hand-written account of Mary Ward's life penned by Mary Ward for the Inverloch Historical Society in 1999, also a three page typed document entitled 'Memories of Coming to Australia,' transcribed from the hand-written account by William Barlow in 2011. Many years after settling in Australia, James and Mary Ward purchased a holiday home in Inverloch, Victoria, whilst still residing principally at 239 Tooroanga Rd, Glen Iris. They joined the local Uniting Church, the Inverloch Historical Society and other community groups in Inverloch.
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.
Pad of lined paper, handrwritten in blue ink and three single, typed pages.
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
Extensive text.'Mbro contin. long icy months of winter living / in town, Industrial town, heavy smogs - .../ (extensive text) ... as we wander hand in hand.'
Type of item
129 mm (Width), 201 mm (Height)
Migration Schemes, English Immigration, Religions: Methodist, Churches, Immigration Selection, Immigration Policies, Community Organisations, Immigrant Voyages, Immigration, Migrants, Assisted Immigration, Ships, Housing, Accommodation, Employment, Families