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Photograph of "Ten Pound Poms"

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Strathnaver, Marion SchnekOriginal photograph that appears in the 24 March 1959 issue of the Daily Telegraph. The article welcomes the “Ten Pound Poms” who arrived on the Strathnaver liner the day before. “Ten Pound Poms” is a colloquial term used to describe British migrants who came to Australia after World War II. Under the Government of Australia’s assisted passage scheme, adults were charged ten pounds for their journey from England to Australia.

Marion Schnek, the donor’s mother, is pictured on the far right. She was born in Vienna in 1936 and escaped to France during World War II with her mother. They moved to London when the war was over. In 1959, Marion decided to leave her mother behind and migrate to Australia, even though people discouraged her. The photograph is signed "To mummy from Marion".

Donated by Cassia Partane (nee Schnek)
M2009/038:033

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