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Canberra Good Neighbour (Newspaper) - January 1, 1955, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory In which is incorporated the new australian the monthly bulletin n of the department of immigration to assist migrants. No. 13 Canberra Jan. 1955 when a Little dutch boy meets. It end for Ida Bach 24-year-old dutch girl when the migrant ship Zui Dekruis reached Melbourne recently. And for Peter Van Esch also 24, it was the beginning of a new life for now he had with him in his new Home land his Fiancee to whom he had become engaged three weeks before he left the Netherlands. They sat on the wharf to discuss future plans in Sunshine amid Flowers and the benign smiles of bystanders. It was a Happy Day. 1955-bumper year for immigration new scheme to operate the announcement by the minister for immigration or. Holt that the immigration figure for 1954-55 has been increased from the original 100,000 to 115,000 suggests that conditions both Here and overseas should make this year a big immigration period for Australia. This increased figure couple with the mounting interest in emigration from the United kingdom to Australia should result in a High migrant intake for the whole of 1955. Another important development in immigration for this year is the introduction of a general assisted passage scheme. This scheme invites migrants from Finland Denmark Norway Sweden and the United states to Australia. Migrants from these countries will be encouraged by assisted passages to the extent of �37 10s. Sterling for each adult and a proportionate amount for each child. This scheme is not yet fully under Way and provision has been made for the reception of Only 500 new settlers during the remainder of the financial year. The additional 15,000 in the migration target up to june 30 will now enable Australia to receive a greater number of Commonwealth nominees from the United kingdom and skilled tradesmen Ana Rural workers from Italy. There has been a remarkable response to the Commonwealth nomination scheme and there is an increasing number of British tradesmen anxious to take advantage of its provisions. Personal nominations of course continue to be the Backbone of All schemes which bring British migrants to Australia. The interest that was aroused in the United kingdom by the Queen s visit to Australia has been maintained and the British migrant flow to Australia on personal nominations is on the increase in All states. In View of the interest being shown in Britain in emigration Australia can expect to receive a higher number of British migrants in 1955 than has been the Case for some years. The assisted passage agreement Between the United kingdom and. Australian governments has been extended for another two years from april 1st this year. This scheme which was initiated in 1947, has been responsible for bringing nearly a Quarter of a million new settlers to Australia. Despite the big increases in costs of shipping and labour since 1947, the Cost of the passage to a British migrant still remains at �10 for an adult and �5 for Young people Between 14 and 19. For younger children there is no charge. The termination of the free passage scheme was announced recently. This will make no appreciable difference to Australia s intake of British migrants since the closing Date for applications by sex servicemen for passages under this scheme was december 31, 1950. Migrants who have come to Australia under this scheme and who still have dependants in the United kingdom May nominate them for similar free passages up to february 1957. The scheme was introduced originally by the British government As a part of the United kingdom re settlement programme after the War. In the Case of other than United kingdom migrants targets have been increased for German italian dutch greek and maltese migrants. Details of the immigration programme for the next financial year will be announced by or. Holt at the citizenship convention this month. And Romance blossomed in the classroom behind a Small item in a tasmanian North West coast newspaper is a Story of migrant Success and Happy assimilation. The item was complimentary evening an event of interest in the Community of Railton is the forthcoming marriage of Tibor Vass draughtsman at the Goliath Cement company to miss Denise Jacob who is on the staff of the Launceston general Hospital. At a meeting of the St. John s Church of England building committee it was agreed to tender the Young couple a complimentary evening in the Parish Hall. A China Cabinet and dinner service Are to be selected for presentation to or. Vass As a Token of appreciation of his outstanding service to St. John s Church As architect and supervisor of construction. While he worked As a labourer or. Vass found time to learn australian ways and to attend English classes conducted by mrs. Jacob. It was there that to met his wife to be. This month we Are devoting a full Page to a Bushfire warning the Page has been arranged so that it May be used by directors of hostels employers teachers and others As a Wall poster. We invite you to display the poster so that new australians As Well As old australians May be reminded of the annual menace which Man can unleash through carelessness. For pictures used in the Bushfire warning we Are indebted to the Herald and Sun feature

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