Letter sent by the Chief Migration Officer, Australia House in London to Stanley Hathaway on 4 May 1951. The letter advises Stanley his family's application to migrate as Commonwealth Nominees as part of the Assisted Passage Migration Scheme has been accepted. His occupation has been approved as a Mechanical Engineer Fitter. The letter advises on other employment matters, requests that twenty pounds be forwarded for the fare, that passage dates would be advised and that identity documents would be provided in lieu of passports.
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 Sebastopol and continued her strong interest in the Brownies and Girl Guides associations. They later relocated to Melbourne and then retired to Buninyong.
Single page letter, typed in black ink on cream paper on both sides.
Donation from Merle Hathaway, 08 Jan 2015
'COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA/AUSTRALIA HOUSE/STRAND - LONDON...'
Type of item
200 mm (Width), 330 mm (Height)