Ten Pound Poms: Australia's Invisible Migrants Paperback – 28 Sep 2012
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This text will make a lasting impression on individual readers and the scholarly field. Catherine Kevin, King's College London, Reviews in History --Catherine Kevin, King's College London, Reviews in History
this masterful book shares with the best oral histories a commitment to empathy and to getting myriad stories right. Ten Pound Poms recovers the meanings and experiences of a real and significant transplanting. (Mark Peel, Australian Book Review) --(Mark Peel, Australian Book Review)
The book has two great strengths. First, Hammerton and Thomson demonstrate in intricate detail what they describe as 'this tension between familiarity and strangeness' (124) in the immigrant experience of Australia. The derisive Australian phrase 'Pommy bastards' captures the ambivalent positioning of the British in Australia. The second fascinating part of Ten Pound Poms, and the chapter I will use most in my teaching and research, is their work on the return immigrants. Described as 'invisible twice over', the writers examine the consequences to Australian identity of leaving these voices outside of celebratory national narrative. (Tara Brabazon, Murdoch University) --Tara Brabazon, Murdoch University
About the Author
A. James Hammerton is Honorary Research Associate at La Trobe University, Melbourne. Alistair Thomson is Director of the Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Sussex and Reader in Continuing Education and History
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This very comprehensive book is the result. In structure it follows the arc of any emigrant's experience, from the initial dissatisfaction of Britain, to the voyage by either boat or plane, to the migrant hostels on arrival, to work and family life, then homesickness and other issues. A whole chapter is devoted to the ones who gave up and returned, and the concluding chapter discusses that weird hybridism that comes with having two nationalities for the ones who stayed.
While going through the arc, the authors jump back and forth in time to all points from the 1940s to the 1970s as their interviewees tell in their own words their personal experiences of different stages of their adventures. There are a few charts and graphs of data, but primarily the book uses lots of little stories, with named people, and it's a very accessible read.
I was delighted that one page described the hideous bullying that British child emigrants encountered in the school playground. I can confirm from personal experience that this was still occurring in the 1980s, but I've never seen it mentioned before in any medium. Thank you for putting it on the record.
This is an excellent piece of social history, and I am now chasing up copies of those out-of-print memoirs that are quoted in it. I'm intrigued!
Some of the unhappy ones were able to return, some were never able to do so. One lady returned to retire here in Devon/Cornwall, leaving all her family behind in Oz. Some spent their lives unable to settle in either country, and travelling between every few years. Worth reading.
It made me far more aware of the emotions my own parents must have gone through in making the decision to go to Oz in 1963, and of those they left behind.It also made me much more sympathetic of the reasons for their eventual return to the UK.
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Dad is looking into the family tree, in which his Uncles were 'Ten Pound Poms' so this tells the story about people with that experience.Published on 2 Jan. 2014 by Miss K A Kennedy
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