Booklet titled ''Gippsland and its Lakes and Caves', published by the Victorian Railways Public Relations and Betterment Board, with the Tourist Development Authority, V.R.Print 3241-58, 1959. This booklet contains a short description of each of Gippslands towns, a centre, double page map of the region and many black-and-white photos. This is one of many booklets about Australia collected by James and Mary Ward before they migrated from England to Australia or soon after their arrival in 1961.

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

A booklet of eight sheets of paper, folded and stapled along the spine to make a 28 page booklet printed generally in black ink with some blue, yellow and orange decorative motifs; two maps in black, blue and orange; and numerous black and white photos. The front and back cover design includes black and orange text with yellow, blue, green and yellow motifs on a whirte and yellow background.


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.

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