Hand-written poem originally stored within the pages of a black leather bound Bible, which was brought by Mary Ward when she migrated with her family from England to Australia in 1961. Mary is known to have written poems and it is possible that this poem was penned by her.
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.
Poem hand-written in blue ink on a single sheet of lined paper.
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
Past Owner & User
Front page: 'My Master Think through me today / Thoughts Loyal Kind and true / Then by Thy Spirit, quicken me, / Thy Holy will to Do / And whether I speak, or read, or write / Let Christ, through all things speak / And all my being Daily prove / The joy of being Thine / The (the following line was crossed out) Christian that lives by faith alone / Never alone, is the Christian / That lives by faith and prayer / For God is a Friend unfailing / And God is everywhere / I was Troubled in my Heart / Anxious and afraid When Suddenly / I Knew Someone must have prayed' Back bottom right corner: '128 / 131 / 4 / 10-8-3 / 7-11-3 / 14-4-6 / 32-4-0'
Type of item
136 mm (Width), 178 mm (Height)
Migration Schemes, English Immigration, Religions: Methodist, Churches, Community Organisations, Immigrant Voyages, Immigration, Migrants, Religions, Religious Artifacts, Religious Instruction, Religious Symbols, Prayers