Letter sent by the Australian Client Services Division of the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs to Lucy Hathaway on 20 August 1997. The letter advises Lucy that her application for Australian citizenship has been received and that an interview will be arranged.
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.
Two page letter printed in black ink on white paper.
Donation from Merle Hathaway, 08 Jan 2015
'Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs/...MRS LUCY JESSIE HATHAWAY...'
Type of item
210 mm (Width), 295 mm (Height)
British Immigration, Migration & Settlement, Royal Visits, Education, English Immigration, Immigration Selection, Immigration Policies, Immigrant Shipping, Immigrant Voyages, Assisted Immigration, Citizenship