Car registration certificate for the state of Victoria, issued to John Woods on 4 December, 1961. He had purchased a 1961 green Hillman Station Wagon after first owning a Holden Sedan which he purchased nearly three months after migrating from England to Australia with his wife Barbara as assisted migrants. John and Barbara were residing at Lot 291 Cypress Street Lalor at the time.

Barbara and John Woods had 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 cream sheet of paper with black printed type on both sides and hole-punched down right-hand side.


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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