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Canberra Good Neighbour Newspaper Archives Aug 1 1955, Page 1

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Canberra Good Neighbour (Newspaper) - August 1, 1955, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Thousands seeking citizenship status a marked increase in the volume of applications by new australians for naturalization was reported by the Commonwealth immigration advisory Council at its meeting in Adelaide on july 7 and 8. I he chairman of the Council or. G. W. Brown m.b.e., m.p., said after the meeting that it was estimated the number of naturalization this Calendar year would exceed 25,000 and that the total next year might reach 50,000. The Council was informed that during the month of May 2,/ou applications were received a 500 More than in any previous month. The total for this year to the end of May was 9,770. The Council gave consideration to the question of a new design to be adopted for the naturalization certificate. It is proposed that this will have an australian Motif and will be an impressive and colourful document which migrants May prize As evidence that they have received Australia s most precious gift a the privilege of citizenship. It will replace the More formal official document now in use. The Council appointed a subcommittee to consider the desirability of preparing a draft statement of australian citizenship for presentation to candidates for naturalization. The sub committee will consult with authorities and interested organisations m considering whether a statement should be prepared. 1 he proposal to be examined is that a statement for candidates should give in Clear and inspiring language the ideals which australians associate with the democratic Way of life the duties which an individual accepts and the privileges he enjoys on becoming a citizen. Members of the Council saw a pre View of a film they become australian the Lihn shows How the new style naturalization ceremony is conducted in a Friendly atmosphere and with dignity and warmth in town Halls throughout Australia it will be distributed later through die Good Neighbour movement. Details of the immigration programme for 1955/56, which Federal Cabinet has decided should be based on a total intake of 125,000 migrants including 70,000 assisted migrants were presented to the Council. Members were informed that the Overall target intake of 115,000 persons provided in the 1954/55 programme would be exceeded by about 7,000. A review of the successful operations of the adult migrant education scheme showed that More than 200,000 Post War non English speaking migrants above school age had availed themselves of the facilities provided for learn ing English. This total includes 112,000 enrolments for instruction in class and by correspondence lessons during the financial years 1950-51 to 1954-55. Monthly returns from the state education departments showed that 23,000 students attended classes or studied the correspondence course and that radio lesson booklets were distributed to 14,000 individual applicants. To assist visitors and participants attending the olympic games in Melbourne the Council agreed that the immigration restrictions and formalities should be streamlined to the greatest possible extent consistent with essential National safeguards. The Council s views on a number of other important matters in the Agenda will be reported to the minister for immigration or. Holt. Immigration Lias lost a great advocate sir John Storey one of Austral s leading industrialists and adj sors on Australia s immigration policy died in Melbourne on july the minister for immigration or. Holt paid tribute to his work. Or. Holt said with the death of sir John Torey Australia has lost one of sir John Storey in great architects and advocates this country s Post War imm Grain policy. Among his most notable peace me activities was the work he As chairman of the Commonwealth immigration planning Bouncil continuously since its in Tion in november 1949, until s untimely death. Sir John Storey s inspiration cd guidance were largely resin sible for the important part at the planning Council has Yed in the formulation of Imlig Raiton policy. He has been an Active part Pant in All the australian Citi ship conventions at which Ith other leading citizens he As Given advice that has assisted government in arranging the Booth absorption of the huge Grant intake. Sir John Storey will always remembered As one who ought great vision and energetic Lents to the task of nation gilding. His death is a deep Ronal loss because he also gave those who worked with him the it of British assisted target up target for assisted British migrants from the . To Australia in the financial year 1955 56 is 25,000. Announcing this in London Australia s High commissioner to the United kingdom sir Thomas White said that seven liners sailing in july and August would carry 5,148 British migrants. Three of the sailing will be Al migrant trips totalling 4,622 persons. Sailing dates from the United kingdom Are str Theden july 11, with 75 migrants Strathairn july 26, with 1,250 new Australia july 27, with 1,580 Orion August 9, with 133 Georgic August 16, with 1,850 Strathnaver August 23, with 190 Himalaya August 29, with 70 migrants aboard. They learn the Drill students of the Hamilton Victoria English class visited the Drill making Factor of the Frost engineering works to extend their knowledge of the language am a ays of the country. Foreman Jim Hoy third from the left is explaining Hurt Fil drills Are put into the Furnace for hardening. Where some found the e a a actions difficult to follow translations were Given by the More advanced pupils. in which is incorporated Thene australian i he monthly bulletin of the department of immigration to assist migrants no. 20 Canberra August 1955 Happy Holiday Exchange in order to give the children of new australians a Holiday in the country and some experience of farm life the members of Perth rotary club arranged for 20 of them to go to Fairbridge farm school for the May holidays and for 22 of the girls and boys from Fairbridge to have a Holiday in Perth where they stayed in rotarians Homes. The Fairbridge children were j1 course also Young migrants 1 they come from the British Isles. 1 he new australian children were irom Poland Ukraine and Latvia. 1 the children who went from i Perth were chosen from various families with the help of the Good Neighbour Council who put the rotary club into touch with some of the new australian leaders. Several meetings were held to discuss the idea at the office of the Good Neighbour Council in Stirling Street Perth. At the first there seemed a Little reluctance on behalf of die new australian parents to agree to their children s going away from Home but when the idea had been explained to them there were More applicants than could be accommodated. 1 he children lived in cottages at the Fairbridge farm school and were in charge of the cottage mothers who reported very favourably on their behaviour. 1 he principal of Fairbridge farm school or. A. E. Ball wrote to the effect that for our part we thoroughly enjoyed having the new australian children a our guests. 1 hey were All Well be have and fitted into cottage and farm life 1 he Fairbridge children had a Happy time while in Perth and each rotarian who acted As Host was very pleased to have them and remarked on what Fine types they were. While at Fairbridge the new australian children went on several picnics saw three picture shows played games did some Rabbit trapping and even chased foxes. 1 he Fairbridge children while in Perth were entertained by Peters ice Cream company including lunch and a picture show and they saw some interesting demonstrations at the fire brigade went to the zoo saw How a newspaper is mod us cd and printed at the office the West australian.". The biggest group of migrants for some years arrived in Australia aboard Georgic which had left Britain on May 14. The ratio of skilled men among the migrants was the highest it has Ever been. Many of them were skilled a workers in the various branches a the building hade. And the number of children aboard was so big that the vessel was virtually a floating Nursery. Special meals were served to the 117 children who were be Low the age of three. The total of children was 536. Babies were accommodated in two nurseries aboard ship. During the course of the voyage lectures were Given on All the states of Australia on taxation matters and on Australia s social services. Australian films were shown

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