Booklet providing information about the British Royal Family 'to tell New Australians About the Royal Family', prepared by the Empire Youth Movement with the Commonwealth Department of Immigration, 1951. It belonged to Lucy Hathaway and was brought with her when she migrated from England to Australia with her family in 1951.
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. Their application took nearly two years to be confirmed under the Assisted Passage Migration Scheme, correspondence indicating that Stanley's trade qualifications were not immediately accepted for the Commonwealth Nomination Scheme. They lived and toured England in a caravan until finally departing on the New Australia, 17 November 1951.
The Hathaways 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 in Wendouree, 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. They later relocated to Melbourne and then retired to Buninyong.
18 page booklet plus cover with full colour British coat of arms on the front and black and white printed text and photographs within. Full colour image of British Houses of Parliament at centre.
Donation from Merle Hathaway, January 2014
Front cover: 'PREPARE BY THE EMPIRE YOUTH MOVEMENT/IN CO-OPERATION WITH THE COMMONWEALTH/DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATION TO TELL NEW/AUSTRALIANS ABOUT THE ROYAL FAMILY'.
Type of item
Overall Dimensions - Closed
130 mm (Width), 210 mm (Height)