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Australian migrant ships 1946-1977 / Peter Plowman
In this companion volume to Migrant ships to Australia and New Zealand 1900 to 1939 maritime historian Peter Plowman documents the ships bringing migrants to Australia after World War 2.
In March 1946 an agreement was signed with the British Government to transport a hoped for 70,000 British migrants to Australia. When numbers were less than expected the Australian Government sought migrants from Greece and Italy and then on 21 July 1947 signed an agreement with the International Refugee Organisation to take 12,000 migrants a year from the displaced persons camps of Europe.
Assisted British migrants continued to be transported to Australia but with the advent of aircraft this eventually ceased and Australis carrying 650 assisted migrants was the last such vessel to arrive in Sydney Harbour on 19 December 1977.
Australian migrant ships 1946-1977 is an essential source for those researching the arrival of immigrant ancestors in the twentieth century. Published by Rosenberg the book is part of the Family History Collection on Lower Ground 2, State Reference Library.