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Ten Pound Poms : Australia's Invisible Migrants : A Life History of British Postwar Emigration to Australia - A. James Hammerton

Ten Pound Poms

Australia's Invisible Migrants : A Life History of British Postwar Emigration to Australia

Paperback Published: 5th May 2005
ISBN: 9780719071331
Number Of Pages: 400

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More than a million Britons emigrated to Australia between the 1940s and 1970s. They were the famous ‘ten pound Poms’ and this is their story. Illuminated by the fascinating testimony of migrant life histories, this is the first substantial history of their experience.

The authors draw upon a rich life history archive of letters, diaries, personal photographs and hundreds of oral history interviews with former migrants, including those who settled in Australia and those who returned to Britain. They offer original interpretations of key historical themes, including: motivations for emigration; gender relations and the family dynamics of migration; the ‘very familiar and awfully strange’ confrontation with the new world; the anguish of homesickness and return; and the personal and national identities of both settlers and returnees, fifty years on.

Accessible and appealing, this book will engage readers who are intrigued about the significance of migrant memories for individuals, families and nations.

About the Author

A. James Hammerton is Reader in History at La Trobe University, Melbourne

Alistair Thomson is Professor of History at Monash University, Melbourne

Industry Reviews

"This book presents a brilliantly vivid, informative, sensitive and thoughtful account of the major post-war migration stream to Australia. Because the authors write in an intelligent, lucid and jargon-free manner, this is a book accessible to many."--Steven Constantine, University of Lancaster.

List of figures
List of Tables
List of abbreviations
A note on punctuation of interviews
Imagining Australia
22 Leaving Britain
Between two worlds
Britons in Postwar Australia
Strangers on the shore
'Butlins without the laughs': life on the hostel
An Australian working life
Suburban dreams and family realities: making a home in Australia
Ten pound pioneers of the back-packing generation
'My wayward heart': the British exodus from Australia
Migration, Memory and Identity
Coming 'home'
British Australians: migration, nationality and identity
Appendix: statistical summary of project interviews
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780719071331
ISBN-10: 071907133X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 5th May 2005
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.59

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