Street directory, 'Universal De Luxe', Melbourne City & Suburbs, 1961. It contains yellow and blue maps, lists of street names and advertising and was obtained by John Woods who purchased his first car in Australia, a Holden, soon after arriving in Melbourne from England. The book also includes an introduction by Chief Commissioner of Police about road safety, drink driving and road fatalities.

Barbara and John Woods married in 1955 and were living in commission housing with extended family in Buckinghamshire, England when they decided to apply for the assisted passage scheme and migrate to Australia. They sailed on the Sitmar Line MV 'Fairsea' from Southampton in 1957 and eventually built their house in Lalor (also referred to in some items in the collection as Thomastown) in 1960. They had a variety of jobs before they opened their own drapery store in Lalor and had four children.

Physical Description

Hard cover book containing 105 maps, street name listings and black and white advertising. Front cover is red with white type and an image of a policeman holding up his arm in a stop gesture.


The Woods family collection documents through objects, documents and photographs the experiences of an English family who migrated to Australia under the 'Ten Pound Pom' assisted passage scheme. The material enables the exploration of their entire migration narrative, from the decision to emigrate, planning and departure, the ship voyage, arrival and early settlement, including employment, building a house and family life. More than one million people from Great Britain migrated to Australia under this scheme between the 1940s and 1970s.

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