Hand-written poem originally stored within the pages of a black leather bound Bible [Book of Psalms], which was brought by Mary Ward when she migrated with her family from England to Australia in 1961. The words appear to be either an extract from a hymn or another work of poetry by Mary Ward. On the reverse is a reference to the Saltersgill Free Church in Middlebrough, England, 1960.
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.
Hand-written extract on the back of half a typed letter.
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
Past Owner & User
Front [hand-written in pencil]: '528 / Father now our Service ended / Guide us on our home ward way / Let the spoken words & music / Echo through our works of day / Grant us strength along the journey / Strength to play a womans part / Give us each a cheerful spirit / And a brave and loving heart' Back [printed in black ink]: 'Saltersgill Free Church (Baptist) / Beverley Road / 1 Briardene Avenue, / Middlebrough / October 1960 / Dear Friends / We are holding our Sisterhood'
Type of item
126 mm (Width), 84 mm (Height)
Migration Schemes, English Immigration, Religions: Methodist, Churches, Community Organisations, Immigrant Voyages, Immigration, Migrants, Religions, Religious Artifacts, Religious Instruction, Religious Symbols, Prayers