Personal letter of reference for Stanley Hathaway written by G.F. Cowton, 5 December 1949. The letter speaks highly of Stanley's many personal qualities in support of his application to migrate.
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 sheet of paper, handwritten in blue ink on cream paper.
Donation from Merle Hathaway, 08 Jan 2015
Type of item
200 mm (Width), 235 mm (Height)
British Immigration, Migration & Settlement, Royal Visits, Education, English Immigration, Immigration Selection, Immigration Policies, Immigrant Shipping, Immigrant Voyages, Assisted Immigration, Trades, Migrant Hostels, Migrant Reception Centres