Tag: Ten Pound 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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As a way of spicing up the long voyage to Australia everyone on board was invited to take part in the ceremony of ‘Crossing the Line’ on the night their ship passed over the equator to enter the Southern hemisphere, bringing the Poms ever closer to their final destination; literally transporting them from one side…

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The Ten Pound Pom passenger lists have been digitized and can be downloaded or purchased from a number of different websites. The passenger lists are a great way of preserving your personal history or that of your parents, grandparents or ancestors. A searchable database allows you to research and find friends made during the long…

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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…

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Jul 15

The Scheme

Key features of the Ten Pound Poms scheme are as follows: Fares: £10 for adults £5 for children aged 14-18 (free by the 1960s) Free for under 14s In 1952, the normal cost of an adult fare to Australia was £120 and the average male manual worker’s weekly wage was around £10. Eligibility Criteria: British…

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White Australia Policy The White Australia Policy encompassed legislation passed with the intention of restricting the immigration of “non-white” peoples into the country. The Immigration Restriction Act of 1901 was one of the first acts passed by the new Federation. Racial antagonism had existed from the 1850s when large numbers of hard-working Chinese entered the…