One of four handwritten letters between Fred and Hazel Lawson and Alex and Betty Barlow, undated, but noted as answered by Alex Barlow on 28 February 1981. In this letter Hazel advises Alex Barlow that they have had an offer of employment in Caulfield, Victoria and are applying to return to Australia. Alex Barlow was Secretary of the 'Bring Out a Briton' scheme for the Methodist Church Burke Road, East Malvern. Fred and Hazel Lawson had earlier been assisted by this church but had returned to England in 1972.
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.
2 sheets unlined paper, handrwitten on one side 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 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
Text: 'Dear Alex and Betty, / Just a / line to let you know / ... (extensive text)... We'll write let you know how we / get on.'
Type of item
Overall Dimensions - Closed
136 mm (Width), 177 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