Booklet titled 'Facts about Sport in Australia' published by the Department of Immigration, Australia House, London, 1957. It was given to the Marshall/Taylor families as part of a collection of promotional material when they were arranging to migrate to Australia in 1960. 'Facts About' were a series of information booklets published during the 1950s and 1960s by the Australian Government for intending migrants, on subjects relating to living in Australia, including housing, education, sport, employment and women's issues.

In 1960 Lynne Marshall (now Carmichael), her brother Peter, parents Leslie and Irene and maternal grandparents George and Lillian Taylor all migrated to Australia from Gloucestershire, England. Her father had long been keen to come to Australia; her mother, fearful of ship travel, did not. Finally persuaded, they travelled from Tilbury dock on the 'Arcadia' having successfully applied for the 'nest egg' assistance scheme which guaranteed them a house in a new housing development in Elizabeth, South Australia. Her parents remained in their house for most of their lives, her grandparents having relocated early on to a house of their own. Uncertain of what they might find in Australia, they had packed a numerous domestic items and the early years were hard in a remote undeveloped suburb. The family never regretted their relocation, with health and education opportunities, but Lynne's parents were always to remain 'English to the core'. Lynne moved to Melbourne with her husband in 1997 for employment reasons.

Physical Description

Booklet of 16 pages printed with text, photos and graphics in ink and black ink on white paper. Two staples along centre fold. The front cover features a black and white photo of a boy and a girl in tennis uniforms holding tennis racquets.


The Australian Government published a wide range of materials in order to both inform and entice prospective migrants form Europe and particularly the United Kingdom to Australia. 'Facts About' was a popular series circulated during the 1950s and 1960s and offers interesting insights into the ways in which the Government presented Australia's social, economic and cultural advantages during those relatively prosperous post-war years. They also reflect the social role and attitudes towards women, generally accepted views on family, domestic life and the emphasis on sport, climate and outdoor living.

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