Summary

Two copies of the program consisting of an order of service for the British Commonwealth Youth Sunday church service held in May 1959 and organised by the British Commonwealth Youth Sunday Council of Victoria. It was possibly attended by Hazel and Merle Hathaway who had migrated to Australia with their parents from England in 1951. Lucy Hathaway and her daughters were involved in Brownies and girl guiding in England and Australia as wealth as maintaining loyalties to England and the monarchy. This church order of service is both a thanksgiving and an expression of loyalty to the British Commonwealth and the Queen.

Stanley and Lucy (nee Simmons) Hathaway and their daughter Hazel survived World War II in heavily bombed Coventry, England, remaining there until 1946. They attended the Victory in Europe celebrations there on 8 May 1945. The Hathaways relocated to Buckinghamshire (where second daughter Merle was born in 1948) and Hampshire between 1946 and 1951, finally deciding to migrate to Australia. They applied successfully to the Assisted Passage Migration Scheme but had to wait two years before departing, living and touring England in a caravan until departing on the 'New Australia' 17 November, 1951. They first stayed at the Bathurst Migrant Camp in New South Wales before being relocated to a housing commission estate in Ballarat, Victoria. Within six months they had purchased a block of land, living in a caravan while their house was built. The family became active members of the local Ballarat community, with Lucy working for the newly established McCallum House Centre for Retarded Children at Sebastapol and continued her strong interest in the Brownies and Girl Guides associations.

Physical Description

Two identical programs printed in blue and red ink on cream paper. Consists of 8 pages and has two staples at centre folded spine. Front cover has image of two figure, one male, one female, standing on each side of a world globe with commonwealth countries coloured in red.

Significance

This collection represents the experiences of thousands of post-war assisted migrants from England who brought with them memories of danger, sadness, courage, austerity and celebration in both tangible and intangible forms. This family survived one of the most severe bombings of any English city during World War II and brought with them material symbols of endurance and triumph in the Victory Day dress and Union Jack flag, symbols with almost universal resonance. The collection also includes items which tell stories about the goods migrants select in order to start new lives, the adventure of the ship voyage, and the seeking of familiar interests in a new community. The collection also explores the theme of maintaining connections and loyalties to homeland, in this case through memorabilia relating to the British monarchy and exchange projects with former local communities.

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