One of four handwritten letters between Fred and Hazel Lawson and Alex and Betty Barlow, received January, 1981. This letter was written in reply to one from Alex Barlow and provides information about Fred's work experience and their children and expresses their regret that they returned to England. Alex Barlow was the Secretary of the 'Bring Out a Briton' scheme for the Methodist Church Burke Road, East Malvern. Fred and Hazel Lawson had earlier been assisted by this church but had returned to England in 1972.
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.
3 sheets of paper, each handwritten in blue ink on one side.
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.
Donation from William & Jennifer Barlow, 22/02/2012
Text: ' Dear Betty & Alex. / I recived [sic] you [sic] / letter and can not thank / you enaugh [sic] ... (extensive text) ... All the best for New Year / love to you all. / Fred & hazel / & kids.'
Type of item
136 mm (Width), 177 mm (Height)
Migration Schemes, English Immigration, Religions: Methodist, Churches, Community Organisations, Immigrant Voyages, Immigration, Migrants, Assisted Immigration, Ships, Housing, Accommodation, Employment