Letter from the Australian High Commission Migration Office in Sliema, Malta to Mr and Mrs Herbert Portanier, notifying them that their application to migrate to Australia had been approved. The letter, dated 19 December 1979, is written in both English and Maltese.

Herbert and Eleanor Portanier and their three year old daughter Sarah migrated from Malta to Melbourne on 27 March 1979, arriving at Tullamarine Airport on 29 March 1979. They had visited Australia in 1977 to see Eleanor's family who were already in Melbourne and enjoyed it so much they decided to return permanently. The Portaniers were assisted migrants, and Herbert already had employment arranged. The couple settled in Bentleigh and their son James was born in 1981.

Physical Description

Single sheet letter, white paper printed in green ink with specific details typed in black. The letterhead features the Commonwealth of Australia coat of arms. The letter is in English and Maltese.


This small collection provides a valuable represention of assisted migration to Australia during the 1970s, a story little told. migrant plane journeys are difficult to portray through material culture as plane tickets and related documentation are highly ephemeral and hard to acquire.

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