Where are the Migrants of Fairsky 1970 in Australia?

Fairsky 1970

Did you travel from Southhampton England on the Fairsky to Australia or New Zealand in 1970?

Years ago there were among some 710,000 Britons who took up a ten-pound passage to Australia, and hence the name of Ten Pound Pom for one of the biggest migration schemes in Australia’s history.

And I was on the ship in 1970 at 5 years old with my Mum & Dad, older brother and little sister, Dad paid extra to make our way to New Zealand where we went to school in Christchurch NZ.Did you travel from Southhampton England on the Fairsky to Australia in 1970?

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Others include The singer’s Kylie & Dani Minogue's Welsh-born mother Carol Jones made the journey on SS New Australia in April 1955 with her parents, leaving their life running the local post office in Maesteg, South Wales, for a new life in Australia.

include the ancestors of Miss Minogue’s Neighbours co-star Jason Donovan as well as Australian actor Hugh Jackman.

The phrase ‘Ten Pound Poms’ derived from the Britons who emigrated to

Australia following World War Two on the Australian government’s assisted passage scheme.

They were shown beautiful pictures of Australia to encourage them to leave as they were desperate for workers and this gave them a way out

of the rationing of life after the war They were offered the dramatically reduced fee for their passage only on the condition that they stay in Australia for a minimum of two years, or pay the full £120 fare back. This fee was prohibitively expensive for most.

When I was back in Wales I met many families where one had wanted to leave & the other hadn't and were regretting it years later.

We finished our trip in New Zealand as Dad wasn't sure if he wanted to stay for 2 years.

Now we are all in Australia scattered in different states.

I am hoping to hear stories from others, How was the boat trip ? were you all squashed in a small cabin like us?

Did you stay the 2 years fighting the homesickness and make a new life for yourself?

I am glad we made the trip over in 1970.

In 1989, I went back & showed my daughters & husband what my life would have been like if I had stayed, met up with relatives who never made the trip.


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warchild75 6 years ago from Worthing, west sussex, england

My uncle and his wife made the trip in the late seventies and are still there to this day,i have been out there to see them and it is a wonderful place,P.s read ur forum question on earnings,i make a regular second income from hubpages and have no formal training as i have just picked up information as i go along,any questions feel free to mail me

Cheryl White 6 years ago

Hi all £10 Poms,

I'm doing research for a film on the experiences of £10 Poms specifically in the 1970s and would be very grateful if you would complete a short questionnaire. Email me at clwhite400@yahoo.com if you are willing.



Ivor Morgan 6 years ago

I was a ten pound Pom in 1967,Sailed on the Fairsky to Sydney,travelled all over Oz and now live happily in Cairns

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viking305 6 years ago from Ireland

Hello I sailed on the Castle Felice arriving in Adelaide in May 1967. I was 11 years old with my parents and 3 younger sisters and older brother.

I have just written 2 hubs, one from my mothers point of view and one from my fathers.

I have another 3 hubs coming about our experiences in Australia and sailing on the ship.

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rwf82r 6 years ago

I arrived as a 10 year old in 1964 on the Fairsea with my parents & 2 younger brothers.

I do remember landing in Perth & enjoying our 1st decent meal in 3 weeks...a lovely steak.

The trip was not enjoyable as we were crammed tight on the ship & the crew were not very pleasant.

Martin Emeny 6 years ago

I too was a ten pond Pom, sailed on the Fairsky to Sydney in 1967 (July). Lots of Pics and Cine film.


Geoff  5 years ago

Hi, me and my family came out in the 1964 or 1965 trip and im not sure which ship or anything that i was on, i think that it was the fairsky. Does anyone remember the Waddell Family, Their was five kids And Mum & Dad. I do not have contact with any of my family members since then i believe i was 5 years old. If anyone has any info or anything for me please let me know, would appreciate it heaps. Thankyou


Dave Lawrence 5 years ago

I emigrated to Australia, age 10, on the Fairsky with my family in 1970. We departed from Southampton on April 20 and arrived in Adelaide on May 21. We stopped on the way at Las Palmas (Canary Islands), Cape Town and Fremantle.

Still living in Adelaide.

Millie Kennedy 5 years ago

I also arrived with my Family on the Fairsky in May 1970 i was 11 years old and i still live in Adelaide how ironic is that?Maybe put your email address on here so i can get in touch if you like.Thanks Dave.

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freecampingaussie 5 years ago from Southern Spain Author

So many of us came out on ships to NZ - Australia to live . Wonder how many went back for a visit like us & were really please we live here !

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CarolineJarden 5 years ago

I traveled on the Fairsky, with my family, as a 10 year old in 1970. We sailed all the way to Sydney, as far as the ship went. We then traveled by train, or "cattle train", as my father called it, to Brisbane. We lived at Wacol migrant hostel for 6 months before we moved into our own home. I still live in Queensland, not far from Brisbane. I have only returned to England once, in 1990. I love Australia, but miss my childhood in England.

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freecampingaussie 5 years ago from Southern Spain Author

Thanks for the visit , Do you know what month you travelled on the Fairsky Caroline ?

Caroline Jarden 5 years ago

Yes, we left Southhampton on 25th September, 1970. I remember it so well because it was my 10th birthday

Jim Reddock 4 years ago

I travelled with my parents George & Joan Reddock on the fairsky in 1970 leaving on 20th April 1970 from Southampton arriving Adelaide on 21st May 1970. I was in the floor shows on the ship, I was the snake charmers slave. I had the words silly fakir written on my back, I was also a charlston dancer. I was 16 years old at the time and had a ball. On arrival we went to Whyalla where I stayed until 1978 and then moved to Adelaide. I am still in Adelaide. Great memories.

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freecampingaussie 4 years ago from Southern Spain Author

Hi Jim , Thanks for sharing , would have been a lot of fun ! As I was only 5 I don't remember much of the trip so enjoy hearing other peoples stories of the Fairsky .

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Kerry43 4 years ago

Hi there! I took a guided tour around this ship with my parents prior to them making a booking..but they ended up on the Fairstar instead. Thanks for the memories. My parents loved that trip to Manilla, Hong Kong, Singapore and...I forget lol.


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freecampingaussie 4 years ago from Southern Spain Author

Hi Kerry , Thanks for the visit ! I wish I could remember more of the trip on Fairsky but I was only 5 ! It was strange standing at Southhampton years later where we left from in 1970

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Kerry43 4 years ago

Oh yes, I imagine that would be such a bizarre feeling!

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freecampingaussie 4 years ago from Southern Spain Author

It was near to where the Titanic left from in Southhampton !

sherman cable 3 years ago

My family migrated to Australia at the end of 1970 aboard the Fairsky. It was a terrible trip. The recent fire on the sister ship led to overcrowding and after Cape Town there was an outbreak of measles which swept through the children on board, including me. By the time we made Melbourne we were all glad to leave.

We ended up settling in Adelaide and I stayed for 30 years before I realized that Australia just wasn't for me. So I re-migrated back to the UK 12 years ago.

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freecampingaussie 3 years ago from Southern Spain Author

Hi Sherman, Thanks for the visit & comment . Your trip sure sounded tough. We all ended up living in Australia but I love visiting the UK. We are spending July/August exploring Britain. Everyone needs to be happy where they are living.

Jim Duffy 3 years ago

I emigrated to Australia, age 9, on the Fairsky with my family in 1968. We departed from Southampton on December 13th 1968 and arrived in Fremantle January 9th 1969. We stopped on the way at Las Palmas (Canary Islands), Cape Town.

Still living in Rockingham (Perth).

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Lesandrew 3 years ago

I was on the Fairsky leaving Southampton on 1 Feb. 1970 emigrating to Adelaide. I had told my parents when I was 8 years old I was going to Australia when I grew up and proceeded to draw a huge map showing the route! It filled all walls of my bedroom. 18 years later I was on the Fairsky. It was an eventful voyage, after we hit the Bay of Biscay so many were seasick that the waiters outnumbered the passengers in the Grand Social Hall! Later we were to lose a passenger overboard, he was married with a Wife and 2 young children. A very moving tragic time.

Living happily in South Australia.

glenn 2 years ago

Hi Lesandrew,, i was on the same trip still live in queensland, been back a few times for holidays, was a tragic trip and rough enjoyed it Hi to everyone on that voyage

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freecampingaussie 2 years ago from Southern Spain Author

You were a bit ahead of me as we left November 1970./It would havebeen awful losing a ppassenger overboard.

David Townend 2 years ago

I left Southampton on the Fairstar September 1970 but not sure what day could have been first or second week

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freecampingaussie 2 years ago from Southern Spain Author

David Townen, Thanks for the visit . You were ahead of us by a couple of months . Are you happy with the move ?

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