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Canberra Good Neighbour (Newspaper) - August 1, 1951, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Monthly bulletin of the department of immigration immigration fills gaps in nation s work Force immigration is doing much to repair the damage done to the strength of Australia s work Force by the decline in the birthrate during the depression years of 1930-33. A Survey recently undertaken of the age groups of migrants revealed that the accent was definitely on youth with particular emphasis on the work Force group Ages from 15 to 59. J he depression years dealt Australia s birthrate a hard blow. With unemployment widespread there were fewer marriages and the birthrate fell to the lowest on record. Children born during and immediately after the depression years Are now in the 15 to 19 years age group and should now be leaving school and entering Industry in great numbers. But on june 30, 1949, Only 7.1 per cent of the australian population was in this age group. However there Are thousands of newcomers Young men and women who Are readily available to help fill the gaps in the work Force. This potential is particularly marked in the 20-24 and 25-29 age groups. The following table of comparisons shows How immigration is increasing the work Force. The figures Are the percentages of the totals. Migrants Aust. In pop. 20-24 years 25-29 years 30-34 years 35-39 years 40-44 years 45-49 years 1950 30-6-49 14.7 8.1 17.6 7.8 11.0 7.8 10. O 7-3 6.7 6.5 3-8 6.1 from these figures it is apparent that the majority of newcomers is Between the Ages of 20 and 40, and thus is available to join Australia s work Force. Destination Sydney Phe australian ambassador to the Netherlands or. Alfred Stirling recently visited Schiphof Airport near Amsterdam to witness the departure of a . Royal dutch airlines plane with settlers for Australia. Picture shows the ambassador with glasses with or. B. W. Haveman Netherlands commissioner for emigration and a dutch family about to Board the plane. In the last 14 months More than 4,000 dutch migrants have left the Netherlands for Australia by air reports our correspondent at the Hague. They travelled by . Royal dutch airlines charter planes. By the end of the year it is estimated that nearly 7,000 people from Holland will have been brought to Australia this Way. The first . Charter flight left Amsterdam on june 19, 1850, and to the end of december that year 24 such flights were made. D.c.4 planes were o used each carrying about 50 c passengers. This year constellations were put on the run. These planes have been specially designed for carrying More than 60 passengers Long distances. They hold comfortably 59 adult passengers but when children Are carried the numbers Are increased. Up to the end of june this year . Had made 67 charter flights. They Fly the following route Nisi Raam Amsterdam Cairo a 1 r a Iva Mauiu a Rachi Bangkok Singapore Darwin \ Syc Ney. Travelling time is about five Days. At Karachi Bangkok and Singapore the passengers spend the night in hotels. 1population still mainly British an interesting fact revealed in recent research by immigration department statisticians is that the present Large scale immigration of non British migrants c x be c de to have Small Impact on the predominantly British composition of the australian population on june 30, 1950, the British percentage of the population was 97.6. On the Assumption that migration will be 200,000 each year it is estimated that the British percentage of the population in 1963 will still be More than 90 per cent. In that year it is expected that Australia will have a population of 12,000,000. You can make a room in a Nissen hut look like this Anna Drosch of Greta dependants Centre shows How a few feminine touches can transform an austere Nissen hut cubicle into a comfortable bed sitting room. The Beds table and cot Are Issue furniture. Anna has covered them with colourful drapes. For Side tables she has covered Deal crates salvaged from the waste dump. Then she has added a radio a Mirror and one or two personal possessions for the Walls and tables. While her husband works with the water Board in Sydney Anna cares for baby Maria and makes life in a dependants Centre As comfortable As she can. Dutch will Aid Cherry carnival Putch residents will play a prominent part in the new South Wales Blossom carnival this year. Leading figure in this move to help the people of Orange in their famous carnival is dutch Herbert Frank who settled in Orange in May. Or. Frank said that getting the dutch Community together to help the carnival would create a stronger tie Between the newcomers and the old residents. The eagerness and willingness of the dutch people to do something for the town they Are going to live in is most satisfying said the carnival Secretary or. Box. Their desire to be taken in As citizens should be they All want to go camping t Here will be no Lack of acceptors at sche Yville Centre new South Wales for next year s National fitness Camp. When an open invitation to this year s Camp reached sche Yville the children were not interested. Apparently their shyness to mix with australian children outweighed the attractions of a fortnight on a sunny Beach with outdoor lessons. Persuasive eloquence had to be employed until a party of 10 boys and three girls accepted. The 13 children returned with such glowing accounts of Camp life that All the children at the Centre want to attend the next Camp. In his report of the Camp the Centre school s headmaster or. N. Robb said the children were Well received by All concerned and results indicate that they did very Well in All spheres of Camp activity. By sending English lessons to Netherlands transmission to the Netherlands by the British broadcasting commission of lessons in the English language has been enthusiastically received by dutch people who Hope to emigrate to Australia. Phe lessons began last month. They Are broadcast three Days a week. When or. S. F. Stevens director of the overseas services division of the ., visited the Hague last month to observe dutch reaction to the broadcasts he found keen interest in them principally because Many dutch people have Hopes of emigration to Australia. One suggestion made to or. Stevens was that ships carrying dutch migrants to Australia should be equipped with gramophone records of the lessons so that migrants could study them at their Leasure on the voyage. Or Stevens has undertaken to Supply the records and it is Likely that the suggestion will be implemented. Another move is to have the Lessons relayed Over four dutch radio stations. If this is done the lessons will reach an audience of several million people each week. Critics Praise exhibition by european artist t Urmilla Meilerts new australian Painter gave her fourth exhibition in Australia at the athenaeum gallery Melbourne last month. Her work has been highly praised by Melbourne Art critics. Her exhibition is As refreshing As a Day s Sunshine in the midst of a gloomy Melbourne Winter wrote one. Although a newcomer to this country her Brush has already become accustomed to the Light and Peculiar characteristics of the local in opening the exhibition mrs. H. E. Holt wife of the minister for immigration said the sparkling freshness of mrs. Meilerts work reflected the attitude of mind that she adopted when she came to Australia three years ago. 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