Tag: Boomerang Poms

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Japanese air raids on Darwin in 1942 made Australia acutely aware that its expansive borders and population of just 7m people left it vulnerable to attack. The incumbent Curtin government realized that Australia needed to “Populate or Perish” and plans were put in place for a large-scale immigration program.

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Over a million Ten Pound Poms emigrated to Australia between 1947 and 1972. The majority settled and made Australia their new home. On the other hand, many Ten Pound Poms were disillusioned by what they found in Australia, including extreme heat, migrant hostels and Pommy bashing. Another challenge faced by Ten Pound Poms was coping…