Blue linen bound book, titled 'A Complete System of Nursing' by A. Millicent Ashdown, S.R.N., published by the London Waverley Book Company Ltd, and printed by The Temple Press. First published in 1917. It was reprinted fifteen times before it was revised and reprinted in 1939, and this 'New Edition' was later reprinted in 1940. The Temple Press, in Letchford, Hertfordshire, north of London was opened in 1906 by J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd. London to print the 'Everyman' series. The colophon of this press, a flower, is reproduced in the back of this book. The book includes many colour and black and white illustrations.

According to the inscription on the front end page, the book belonged to a Mary Needham. She trained as a nurse in England and she brought this book with her when she emigrated to Australia in 1961. This item is part of a large collection of material relating to the migration and settlement of British migrants to Australia in the 1960s under the 'Bring Out a Briton' Scheme. It documents in particular both the migration experiences of James and Mary Ward and their three children who arrived in Melbourne on the ‘TSS Stratheden’ from Yorkshire in December 1961; and the Burke Road East Malvern Methodist Church's sponsorship of a number of English families, including the Wards, under the Scheme. The Church’s support included temporary accommodation for assisted families in a neighbouring house. The 'Bring Out a Briton' Scheme (1957-1982) was part of a Commonwealth Government initiative which offered subsidised ship fares, accommodation and support to encourage migration from the UK to Australia after World War II.

Physical Description

Blue linen bound book of 891 pages, with inscriptions handwritten on the front endpage in black ink and on the inside of the back cover in blue ink.


The Ward/Barlow Families collection is of national significance in documenting British assisted migration to Australia post-World War II. The collection provides a comprehensive snapshot from the commencement to completion of a British assisted migration experience and illuminates post-war immigration policies and procedures which favoured British immigration into Australia.

The collection of almost 400 items comprises a unique body of documentation with intersections between personal, community and government narratives that explore British post-World War II assisted migration. It includes photographs, personal correspondence, documents and objects offering a rare glimpse into the role of the Australian and British governments, Methodists Church sponsorship and community engagement in assisting and welcoming British immigrants to Australia. Assisted British migration was a constant theme of Australian immigration history until the early 1980s. Government initiatives such as the ‘Bring Out A Briton’ scheme had an enormous impact on the composition and size of the Australian population, making the Ward/Barlow collection of broad social and political historical significance.

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