Photograph of the Rock of Gibraltar circa 1935. John William Gordon-Kirkby was born in Gibraltar on 26 August 1936. His parents lived in La Linea but due to the political instability in Spain at the time, they wanted John to be born on British soil. The family moved to Morocco in 1939, and following his father's death in 1959 John decided to migrate to Australia. John decision was influenced by his father who had fought alongside Australians in World War I and liked them and their democratic approach to the military, and his sister who had met a group of Australians on a visit to England in 1959. He arrived in Australia on 26 November 1961.

Description of Content

Black and white photograph depicting a view of of the Rock of Gibraltar, with a road leading up to it. Buses, horse drawn carriages, horse riders and groups of people can be seen in the foreground.

Physical Description

Black and white photograph, printed on matt paper, white border, deckled edge. Image has slightly yellowed.


This is a small but quite comprehensive collection of material representing the immigration process of a British subject. We have few birth certificates and passports in the collection and these, with the identity documents and the receipts illustrate the process of purchasing the well known 10 pound assisted passage as well as the exchange of identity document for passport. The photos were brought with the donor and illustrate his early childhood home. It is important to continue to acquire these immigration document collections as they strengthen the range of stories and types of documents.

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