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EASTWARD HO! AN EMIGRANTS GUIDE TO NEW SOUTH WALES
Place of origin Date
NSW, AUSTRALIA 1885
Details
This booklet is a realistic account of the voyage to Australia. It highlights the lack of prior information given to emigrants regarding the hardships and social restrictions of shipboard life. The account relates the experiences of the assistant Surgeon-Superintendent of ships sailing with emigrants to Sydney, under the auspices of the NSW Government.
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SOUVENIR VASE COMMEMORATING THE SNOWY MOUNTAINS SCHEME
Place of origin Date
WESTERN GERMANY c.1950
Details
Work began on the Snowy Mountains Scheme in late 1949 and was completed in 1972; having been the largest such project in Australia at that time. The scheme's major aims were to harness the Snowy Mountains' water resources to generate power and to divert water to inland rivers for irrigation. It also served as an opportunity to provide the large number of migrants arriving from war-torn Europe with an occupation, to assist their integration into Australia.
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POLITICAL FLYER: PAULINE HANSON'S ONE NATION
Place of origin Date
AUSTRALIA 1993
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This flyer was distributed by the One Nation political party to encourage supporters to join the party, with Pauline Hanson as it's leader. The One Nation party gained popularity through its attempts to re-establish the protectionist policies that Australia had held in the past which claimed to protect its workers and industries. The protection of small business and the encouragement of Australian industry were major factors in the successes the party achieved during this time. The policies the One Nation Party sought to promote were very similar to the political actions of the Australian Government under the White Australia Policy.
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BOOKLET: "ENGLISH ON THE WAY - A SHIPBOARD COURSE FOR NEW AUSTRALIANS"
Place of origin Date
AUSTRALIA 1955
Details
These booklets were prepared for the Department of Immigration by the Commonwealth Office of Education. They were intended as English language textbooks so that immigrants could learn English on their journey to Australia. The 136 page booklet is divided into lessons starting with the alphabet and progressing with conversational English phrases. In-line with Australia's White Australia Policy, the entire booklet is written in English, so unless immigrants were already familiar with the English language these booklets would have been of little value to them.
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NEWSPAPER: EMIGRATION - A VOYAGE TO AUSTRALIA, ILLUSTRATED
Place of origin Date
LONDON, ENGLAND 20 JAN 1849
Details
The popular illustrated newspapers of the 1800s usually carried tales of immigration information. In this account the scenes offer a romanticised view of the voyage to Australia. "The tide of Emigration has unquestionably set in towards Australia, notwithstanding the gold of California may lead to a temporary diversion in favour of that country. We are persuaded, therefore, that the accompanying pictures will possess considerable interest at the present moment, over and above their artistic merit, which is of no common order. They, however, combine the actualities of experience with pictorial ability in a remarkable degree".
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GERMAN BAKER'S CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCE
Place of origin Date
GERMANY 1884
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Urban Schmeising migrated to Australia from Germany in 1898 and established a bakery in Gordon with another German immigrant, August Dietz. By 1905 Schmeising was the sole owner but during WWI the name of the bakery was changed to that of the manager, J. Curran, due to the anti-German feeling which was fanned by wartime propaganda. In its later years it was known as the Gordon Bakery and continued to be owned and run by the Schmeising family until the land was reclaimed in 1955 for the widening of the Pacific Highway. By then the bakery had provided the people of the district with their daily bread for over fifty years and won many awards for excellence.
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PAMPHLET: IMMIGRATION AND THE WHITE AUSTRALIA POLICY
Place of origin Date
AUSTRALIA 1950
Details
This 15 page political pamphlet, by R. Dixon, assistant secretary of the Australian Communist Party, discusses the need for Immigration in Australia to be tied to its economic needs instead of anti-Asiatic racial beliefs. The White Australia policy is described as "an outrageous insult to our allies in the people's war against fascism ... because it proclaims "white" superiority" and is likened to Hitler's "monstrous racial theories". The text concludes that the White Australia policy must go in order to strengthen the bonds with our "coloured allies in the peace, as in war, as equals".
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ARTICLE EXTRACT: "THE TIDE OF EMIGRATION TO THE UNITED STATES AND TO THE BRITISH COLONIES"
Place of origin Date
LONDON, ENGLAND 6 JUN 1850
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This article provides a summary statisticle table of emigration from the United Kingdom to the American continent and to Australia and New Zealand from 1825 to 1849 inclusive. In total 185,286 British people migrated to the Australian and New Zealand Colonies in this 25 year period. Many of these people labourers and peasants, or those looking for a fresh start.
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POSTCARD: SHOW MERCY. AUSTRALIANS WELCOME THE BOAT PEOPLE
Place of origin Date
AUSTRALIA 2002
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The Postcard, issued by Avant Card, promotes the Show Mercy concert held at Sydney Town Hall on April 21st 2002. The concert was intended to raise awareness of the plight of refugees in Australian detention centres. The program was organised by the Rights Campaign for Asylum Seekers, supported by Australians for Just Refugees Programs, Amnesty International, Labor for Refugees and MAMBO. The distinct MAMBO design was created by musician and artist Reg Mombassa, a founding member of rock band Mental as Anything.
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BANNER TO BRITISH MEN AND WOMEN INVITING THEM TO MIGRATE TO AUSTRALIA
Place of origin Date
WEMBLEY, ENGLAND 1924
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This banner, displayed in the Australian Section of the 1924 British Empire Exhibition, invited men and women of Britain to migrate to Australia and start a new life there, in a place with "unequalled and unlimited op-portunity for progress". The campaign was aimed at male farmers and farm labourers and females in general. The journey was subsidised in the hope that Australia be populated with people of "the same stock, who speak the same language."
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THE EMIGRANTS BY EDMUND WALKER (AFTER W.ALSWORTH)
Place of origin Date
AUSTRALIA 1840
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Reproduced by National Australia Bank in 1988 from the hand coloured lithograph by Edmund Walker. The image represents a somewhat romanticised impression of what it would have been like for British migrant families (in this case an upper class Scottish family) to arrive in the wilderness of Australia and begin their new life.
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