Alternative Name: Passage Contract

Assisted ticket of passage for Sylvia and Shirley Forbes onboard the Sitmar Line ship Fair Sky, sailing from Southampton, England to Melbourne, Australia on 8 July 1961. The ticket was issued in London on 21 June 1961.

James and Sylvia Forbes migrated from Aberdeen in Scotland with their two year old daughter Shirley and James' younger brother Harry. The family were sent to Broadmeadows Hostel and more family followed who settled in Adelaide. Sylvia was employed at the Ford Factory while James worked for Stewarts & Lloyds Stanton Pipes Division. Tragically James was killed in an industrial accident on 20 June 1963 and after subsequently also losing her unborn baby, Sylvia and Shirley returned to Scotland on 18 September 1963. Shirley visited Australia for the first time since departing in 2014.

Physical Description

Two sheets of paper fold in half and also folded at the top. Evidence of triplicate pages removed from inside the ticket. Printed on pale blue paper in blue ink with black typed additions


This collection provides a valuable and poignant insight into a young family's post-war British migration experience and their return home. It offers a perspective on the return migrant experience which is more difficult to obtain, as opposed to the more commonly told permanent settlement narratives; and it also reveals the diverse (and at time tragic) reasons why migration can be a transient experience for some.

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