Receipt for £10 issued to John William Gordon-Kirkby for the payment of his passage to Australia from England. Born in Gibraltar in 1939 John grew up in Morocco. Following his father's death in 1959 he decided to migrate to Australia. In order to qualify for assisted passage he had to live in the UK for six months, however John's application was rushed through as he was sponsored by an Australian couple. John met the couple while they were holidaying in Morocco. He arrived in Australia on 26 November 1961, working first in public administration and later working in PNG as a patrol officer.

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Piece of paper with black printed text and details completed in black printed text, it has been signed in blue ink in the bottom right corner.


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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