Summary

Blue leather bound book, entitled 'Cassel's Modern Dictionary of Nursing and Medical Terms', edited by Elizabeth M. Day, s.r.n. and published in 1941 by Cassell and Company, Ltd., London.This book belonged to Mary Needham (later Ward) when she was a nurse in England and she brought it to Australia when she emigrated with her family in 1961. The book provides a definition of various medical terms.

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

Small book of 392 pages bound in navy-blue-covered linen covers, with a hand-written inscription on the textblock. It contains eight black and white plates and numerous line drawings. Four editions of the book are listed on the back of the title page: the first in December 1939, the second in January 1941, the third in July 1941 and the fourth in November 1941. It seems likely that this is the fourth edition of the dictionary.

Significance

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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