Souvenir diary, entitled Voyage Souvenir. England to Australia', issued by the Saw Savill shipping line for the ship New Australia's voyage from Southampton to Melbourne sailing 17 November 1951. It was received by the Hathaway family either just before or during their migrant journey and lists the ports of call via the Suez Canal. The inside double page has the date of every day on the voyage with space for passengers to enter their own comments (Stanley Hathaway entered three comments). The back pages have a prepared story printed.
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.
Card, folded at centre to create four pages, printed with blue ink. Some handwritten annotations. Photo of a ship on the front cover.
Donation from Merle Hathaway, 8 Jan 2015
Front cover: 'ENGLAND TO AUSTRALIA/Voyage Souvenir'
Type of item
Overall Dimensions - Closed
130 mm (Width), 200 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