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Where are the Migrants of Fairsky 1970 in Australia?
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?
10 pound poms
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.
- Immigration Museum: Ten Pound Poms
Adult migrants were charged 10 for their fare and children travelled for free. They were drawn by promises of employment and housing, a more relaxed lifestyle and a better climate.