And the Crew Went Too: The £10 Assisted Passage
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Media: BOOK - paperback, 192 pages
Author: G. Lunn
Other: b&w photos, index
Publisher: Tempus Publishing
The end of the Second World War heralded one of the largest mass migrations ever seen from Europe. Millions left their homelands for new horizons, and Britain was no exception. Australia, like New Zealand and Canada, needed many thousands of new workers so that it could grow and prosper. British and Australian governments collaborated to offer 'assisted passages', effectively subsidising the fare so that emigrants would pay a maximum of £10.
Ships such as the 'Asturias', 'Georgie', 'Canberra', 'Oraiana', and 'Britania' and a whole fleet of vessels were employed to take people to their new homes on the other side of the world. Companies such as Chandris and P&O made small fortunes on these voyages which peaked in the 1960s but continued into the 1970s.
Australia benefited by taking skilled workers from the Old World and sometimes even the crew jumped ship to take advantages of opportunities in the New World.
Geoff Lunn tells the fascinating history of these mass emigrations, using interviews with emigrants to bring the story to life.
1. One Way Fare
2. Early Years
3. The Longest Voyage
4. And the Crew Went Too
5. Liner Luxuries
6. To Stay or Return?
7. Final Sailings
8. What Happened to ...?