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Canberra Good Neighbour Newspaper Archives Nov 1 1955, Page 1

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Canberra Good Neighbour (Newspaper) - November 1, 1955, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Or. Holt first Greet our Millionth first to Greet Australia s Millionth migrant mrs. Dennis Porritt on her arrival will be the minister for immigration or. H Arold Holt. Mrs. Porritt will be welcomed at station pier port Melbourne aboard " Oronsaye Early on november 8. To the evening through the Courtesy of the Orient line representative citizens will be the guests of or. Holt at a dinner reception in the couple married at their Home town of Redcar Yorkshire on september 17 and their arrival in Melbourne will Mark the close of their honeymoon voyage to a new Homeland. Guests invited to the dinner which will celebrate a great Milestone in Australia s history include the Premier of Victoria or. Henry Bolte and mrs. Bolte the lord mayor of Melbourne or. Frank Selleck and mrs. Selleck members of the immigration planning and advisory councils diplomatic representatives from emigration countries and the United states the state electricity commission Good Neighbour movement migrant welfare departmental and shipping representatives. The ship s orchestra will provide music during the dinner. Floral decorations will Combine White roses the Emblem of York and australian Howers to symbolise the link Between the great countries of Britain and Australia. A of the a marked to Crown Australia s tremendous achievement of gaining 1,000,000 new people from overseas since 1947. Television and radio coverage for Britain Europe and the United states has been arranged through the British broadcasting corporation. The australian broadcasting commission and commercial stations have planned a wide radio coverage in Australia. For or. And mrs. Porritt it probably will be the busiest and most exciting Day of their lives. Their first glimpse of Victoria their new Homeland will be Early in the morning from the Southern Ocean. After their greeting from or. Holt and press and radio interviews they will spend the Day touring Melbourne. An Early visit will be to Captain James Cook s cottage in the Treasury gardens. This will be of special significance to or. And mrs. Porritt because their Home at Redcar Yorkshire is Only 10 Miles from Captain Cook s Birthplace. This association cemented their desire to Migrate to Australia. After three Days in Melbourne or. And mrs. Porritt will leave for their new Home at Newborough Yal Lourn the Centre which supplies most of Victoria s electric Power. Both will work there for the state electricity commission or. Porritt As an electrical fitter and mrs. Porritt As a stenographer in the administrative office. In which is incorporated the new australian the monthly bulletin of the department of immigration to assist migrants no.23 Canberra november. 1955 what of the others who went before ? mrs. Dennis Porritt is our Millionth migrant a figure marking a momentous Milestone. But what of the million what do they mean to us they mean added Security for our nation greater use of Australia s resources new friends and a Richer life. Here is a Little of what they mean in the rather cold terms of production our migrants form about on third of the total work Force of the building trades. More than 10 per cent of the workers who have come to Australia under Pott War migration schemes have been employed in the building Tades. In 1954-55 More houses and Flats were completed than in any year since the end of the War. Since the beginning of 1950, 410,000 new houses have been built adding to our dwellings by 20 per cent in a period where our population Rose by 13.8 per cent. Migrants make up about 45 pet cent of our Post War population growth but they have added 75 per cent to the Post War growth of the work Force. Migrants contribution to Industrial development has been even greater i these figures suggest thanks to selective recruiting selective placing in employment and the mobility of the migrant workers. Seventy five per cent of the Pott War increase in the number w workers producing ingot steel Faffle from migration. This has enabled steel production to Rise by per cent since 1947-48. The additional steel has meant More Homeland other building. Bigger output of galvanised Iron and wire netting has helped primary production. The extra steel production has reduced the need for imports at �80 a ton Jim a to when the local product Sells to �36 a ton. This has had a jerked favourable effect on our balance of overseas payments. Mobility of migrant workers has ensured adequate labour for Jar scale development works. Of these new works Are now 10 production. Of the 2,300 people employed by the snowy mountains Hydro electric authority almost 1,000 Are alien migrants. Of the 2,600 working for contractors and sub contractors 1,600 Are alien migrants. Migrant labour comprised 65 per cent of the workers at Victoria s Eldon Weir More than 50 per cent on Western Victoria s docklands dam and 80 per cent on the Morwell Brown Coal Gasi fiction project. Railways building projects new Industrial undertakings such As the aluminium production commission s Bell Bay Plant and Oil refineries in Western Australia Victoria and new South Wales have leaned heavily on migrant labour. Without it none of these projects could have been undertaken. Largely because of migrant labour Black Coal production Rose from 14,000,000 tons in 1945-46 to 19,400,000 tons in 1953-54 an increase of 38 per cent. Electricity generation Rose from 7,500 million kilowatt hours in 1946 47 to 13,600 million kilowatt hours in 1953-54 a 81 per cent. Think what a boost these jumps in Basic industries have Given to general Industry migrants helped us to build Clay Brick production from 617,000,000 in 194849 to 816,500.000 in 1954 Cement building sheets from 18,600,000 to 28,230,000 Square Yards Portland Cement 1,031,000 tons to 1,886,000 tons Cement tiles 28,300,000 to 47,980,000 Terra Cotta tiles 44,200,000 to 64,310, 000 sawn Timber 1,184 million super feet to 1,417 million super feet. Since the War nearly 10,000 British assisted passage migrants Hare come to Australia As Rural worker. Thousands More who came Here at their own expense have taken up Rural occupations. In the last three years More than 12,000 assisted migrants were selected As Rural workers from Germany Austria Holland Greece Italy and Malta. As each fruit picking season approaches about 2,500 specially selected migrants Are brought to Australia. They go to initial employment in the Murray Valley and the Goulburn Valley. Among other Rural projects successfully helped by migrant labour Are pea picking at port Pirie the harvesting of wheat in the Wilmera and riverine and the Dairy Industry in Gipp land and the new South Wales South coast. Country Road building by migrants has helped Rural Industry. Workers in Basic industries have Cut the bottlenecks in production of farm machinery fencing and other equipment. Because of careful selection against the background of Industry s needs migrants include a higher percentage of skilled workers than the australian population. They also show a higher percentage of workers and Are generally Young people. Under the British Commonwealth nomination scheme during 1954, 65 per cent of All workers required were skilled tradesmen. For the first six months of this year the percentage Rose to 73. Of our total intake in 1954 and 1955, 71 per cent of migrant workers recruited were skilled or Semi skilled in 1954-55, 13,793 skilled tradesmen came to Australia a More than Are being added to the skilled work Force by australian apprentices completing their terms. It was intended to be just a quiet wedding just a quiet Little saturday wedding in the Zetland Park methodist Church Redcar Yorkshire it was to have been. But the Bride miss Barbara Ann Wood 21, of Redcar had been chosen to represent Australia s Millionth Post War migrant. Her quiet Little wedding to or. Dennis Porritt 25, also of Redcar had changed to a world event. Hundreds of people thronged the Street outside the Church for a glimpse. Newsreel cameras whirred. The crowd hampered competing photographers and reporters. Cablegram flashed across the world and the quiet Little wedding so lighted Australia s Success Story of 1,000,000 new citizens gained since the War. One Hundred and fifty guests attended the wedding reception at the Church Hall. Messages of Good wishes read at the reception included this cablegram from the australian minister for immigration or. Harold Holt on behalf of nine million prospective Good Neighbours who assure you of a warm Welcome to Australia 1 Send congratulations and Good wishes on your marriage. You mrs. Porritt have been " chosen to carry the title of aus Thalia s Millionth migrant because we see you As a most fitting representative of the first million settlers of this period who have helped to build our nation with us and because with your husband you typify the kind of migrant we Hope will follow you in even greater numbers. May the Success and Contentment which Are yours for the asking in Australia continue in daringly for you the happiness of your wedding in a Telegram from London the australian High commissioner sir Thomas White said that lady White joined him in sending congratulations and every Good wish for the couple s happiness in their new country

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