Identity document issued to John William Gordon-Kirkby by the Commonwealth of Australia at Australia House, London on 19 October 1962. John was born in Gibraltar on 26 August 1936. His parents were living in La Linea, Spain at the time. In 1939 they moved to Morocco and were trapped there when war broke out, following World War II they remained in Morocco. After his father's death in 1959 John decided to migrate to Australia. In order to qualify for assisted passage he had to live in the UK for six months but his application was rushed through due to his being sponsored by an Australian couple who he had met while they were holidaying in Morocco. He arrived in Australia on 26 November 1961 and as was standard practice, his passport was taken in exchange for an identity document in order to assure he remained in Australia for the minimum 2 years. At the end of the two year period the passport was returned.

Physical Description

Single sheet of paper with printed black text.


This is a small but quite comprehensive collection of material representing the immigration process of a British subject. We have few birth certificates and passports in the collection and these, with the identity documents and the receipts illustrate the process of purchasing the well known 10 pound assisted passage as well as the exchange of identity document for passport. The photos were brought with the donor and illustrate his early childhood home. It is important to continue to acquire these immigration document collections as they strengthen the range of stories and types of documents.

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