Letter from the Chief Migration Officer R.E. Armstrong at Australia House London to John and Barbara Woods, thanking them for sending the correct date of birth for Barbara to complete their application to migrate to Australia under the assisted passage scheme, dated 27 May,1957. It is one of many letters, information sheets and booklets received by the Woods during their successful application process during 1957 to migrate to Australia.

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 Thomastown in 1960. They had a variety of jobs before they opened their own drapery store in Lalor and had three children.

Physical Description

Single sheet of cream paper with typed text and Australian Coat of Arms letterhead.


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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