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Canberra Good Neighbour (Newspaper) - August 1, 1950, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Developments since the convention wives May join husbands if accommodation found government delegates implements suggestion ask f f Der Herr in Grau the employment contract will be suspended for wives of new australians who have found private accommodation provided that there is no essential work in the District in which the wife May be employed. In that Case the wife is permitted to keep House for her husband. This decision by the minister for immigration or. Holt was made As a result of a Resolution passed by delegates to the citizenship convention in january. Migrant instructors to a recent report to representatives of Good neigh Bour councils and new settlers leagues the assistant Secretary assimilation of the Commonwealth department of immigration or. R. E. Armstrong outlined Progress. At the convention 49 separate resolutions were passed. Nine of these dealt with educational matters 13 with social questions five with publicity six with employment two with citizenship and there were 14 miscellaneous. A this is what has been done to Date to implement resolutions a education pre school groups Are now established at All immigration centres. The department has made available kindergarten material to All centres. Kindergarten unions Are advising the department in All states and Are assisting to secure trained j personnel. I the suggestion that migrant i teachers be employed by state i education departments has been i taken up by the immigration j planning Council j in the meantime the department of immigration with the co operation of the common wealth office of education is 1 using migrant instructors to \ teach their own people. The department is now considering the possibility of placing migrants with teaching ability among groups of new australians in More or less isolated areas. A social most resolutions under this a heading can Best be implemented by Means of publicity. They Are in effect an expression of ideas and principles which should be adopted by various organisations and the Community in the interests of assimilation. One of the purposes in producing this newspaper is to enable those ideas and principles to be Given wider circulation. The idea of workers hostels where families May live together has been adopted and a number have been established since the convention in areas where labour is in High demand. An officer has been appointed \ to act As a link Between the various National groups and the department to encourage Cul Tural activities. A number of % exhibitions have been held and i plans Are now being developed to Send an arts and crafts display to All parts of Australia i new australian artists have also been featured in music for the people performances in Melbourne and Are con stantly giving their services on the concert platform in support of worthy charities. On the other hand they Are being Given the Opportunity to know something of australian culture. To this end the . Has made arrangements for leading musicians to visit migrant centres and to present concerts to the new australians living there. Publicity publicity for assimilation has been continued on a High level and the production of the Good Neighbour is the latest move in this direction. Plans Are now being made to co ordinate assimilation publicity with a nationwide publicity Campaign envisaged by the immigration planning Council. All publicity Media will be employed in this drive. Recommendations that new australians be Given information 011 the Aims and functions of Trade unions have been adopted. Two items have appeared in the new australian on this subject. The new australian continues to provide the Channel through which new australians May be reached. This publication is Given a wide circulation among newcomers and copies Are available in response to direct personal requests. Employment recommendations dealing with the establishment of new industries the absorption of new australians into Industry a Survey of the allocation of migrants into Industry and the question of professional personnel have been referred to the immigration planning Council for consideration and action. Citizenship Supply of informative articles to the foreign language press is being continued. A recent Survey of the foreign language press to which is supplied a monthly australian clip Sheet has shown that the material is being Well used and that the service is appreciated. Dutch migrant looks Down in the Mouth a literally Abraham Wijnberg 25-year-old former Royal Netherlands air Force Pilot is not Down in the Mouth in a metaphoric sense. He is Happy running a flourishing dental practice in the Sydney suburb of Roseville. A graduate of the surabaya dental school in 1939, or. Wijnberg was bomber Pilot in a dutch Squadron posted in Darwin. On a visit to Canberra he met Queensland born Lyndall Barnes hotel Canberra receptionist and married her. She is now the attendant in his surgery. After the War or. And mrs. Wijnberg went to Java and Holland but deciding there were More opportunities in Australia returned Here in 1948. They want join our Community to sometimes you hear people comment on our new australians it s no use trying to assimilate them. They Don t want to become real nothing could be More wrong. Here is an extract from an article written for the new australian by one of the newcomers a forget your past. Be proud to be a Pioneer of a new generation in Australia. All our children will soon be australians in language and habits. Ive their parents cannot stay with one foot in Europe and the other in Australia. Let s have the courage to begin a completely new life in this Beautiful country and life will be Happy. There is no doubt about in other words ask the Man in Grey. Even in German the Man in Grey was worried. He sat in his Little cubby Hole at the Spencer Street railway station Melbourne and pondered. To the old Days everyone who came to ask him about timetables and fares spoke English. Now things were different. Long queues would form As some frantic tearful gesticulating newcomer would try in vain to make the Man in Grey understand. So the Man in Grey smiling Friendly 40-year-old Jack Rich Ards made a decision. He would teach himself foreign languages to help make new australians feel More at Home. He had a talk with the immigration authorities who told him that German and italian would be most useful. He bought self teaching phonetic text books in those languages. Or. Richards started six months ago. Today he can nonchalantly Tell any Signor that his train leaves at any hours from Mezzanotte a Mezzanotto Midnight to Midnight or carry on a conversation about von repack overweight Luggage Schlaf Wagen sleepers or Fahr Kosten fares without batting an eyelid. Iii Lento. " he was pretty nervous at first. Usually his slow words provoked a torrent of German or italian and he had to interpose one of the first phrases he Learned Piu Lento prego or b note Spracher Langrammer speak slowly please. He admits that his grammar would Shock a language teacher and that he often has recourse to his dictionaries. Anyone who has seen an old woman mutter a few hesitant words in English then seen her eyes Light up and her face wreathe in grateful smiles As Der 11 err in Grau tells her Ich up Roche Ein Kleine Deutsche will Realise the value of his help. And there Are Many others who offer this help. Some examples the firm of j. B. Young ltd., Canberra department store began it All. Seeing puzzled newcomers trying to explain that they wanted boots not a hat manager h. B. Ganter had an idea. Soon a new australian girl with Mas Tery of several languages was installed in the store. The Experiment proved an instant Success. The big Over Emporium Melbourne followed suit speedily. Others help too besides proving a mine of information to enquirers she is kept Busy All Day Long going from one department to another to help solve buying problems. In Sydney at Murdoch a there Are assistants who Between them speak 16 languages. Then there Are the big undertakings which employ Many new australians and Are also providing facilities to overcome difficulties. Concerns such As vacuum Oil Philips lamps British general electric and Many others have provided diaries booklets in English and other languages filled with simple and useful information As to coinage weights and measures and other subjects. Other companies have English speaking new australians on their personnel staffs whose duty it is to help new australian employees a a proper understanding of shop methods and the use of special tools and equipment. But the Diligence of Der Herr in. Grau will take some beating. This is where new australians Are working there Are now Over 60,000 new australians at work throughout Australia. At the end of june figures released by the department of labour and National service showed that there were 49,318 new australian men and i2i2i women employed in essential work in the six states. At that Date 19,266 were employed in providing Public utilities 8,028 were engaged in the building and Allied industries and 7,034 were working. In country districts. Of the 12,000 new australian women at work nearly 8,000 were employed As domestics in hospitals hotels guest houses and private households
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