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PRESS STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION

HON. A.R. DOWNER. Μ.P.

RECORD U.K. FAMILY ON "YOUTH SHIP”.

A f a m i l y o f f i f t e e n , t h e b i g g e s t B r i t i s h f a m i l y e v e r to

m i g r a t e to A u s t r a l i a , w i l l a r r i v e a b o a rd the m i g r a n t s h i p

" F a i r s k y " , due i n Sydney on November 9»

They a r e Mr. J o h n Hampsey, aged 44, a t a x i p r o p r i e t o r , h i s

w i f e , Mary, 42, and t h e i r t h i r t e e n c h i l d r e n r a n g i n g i n age from 22

y e a r s to one y e a r o l d , who l e f t I r e l a n d to s e t t l e i n New S o u th

W ales.

F i v e o f th e c h i l d r e n w i l l go to th e F a i r b r i d g e Farm School

Molong, N.S.W. The p a r e n t s and the r e m a in d e r o f th e c h i l d r e n who

a r e Commonwealth Government n om inated m i g r a n t s w i l l e n t e r a h o s t e l

p r o b a b l y i n Sydney.

" F a i r s k y has e a r n e d th e t i t l e fYouth S h i p ’ f o r t h i s v o y a g e " ,

Mr. Downer s a i d . "The Hampseys a r e among many l a r g e f a m i l i e s

i n c l u d e d i n a t o t a l of more t h a n 450 f i n e , young, B r i t i s h a s s i s t e d

m i g r a n t s u nder 19 y e a r s o l d a b o a r d ’F a i r s k y ’ . The c h i l d r e n a r e

t r a v e l l i n g i n g r o u p s , o r w i t h t h e i r p a r e n t s , among 950 B r i t i s h

a s s i s t e d m i g r a n t s i n t h i s s h i p .

"T h is a c c e n t on y o u t h i s th e f r u i t o f a d e te r m i n e d p o l i c y

to m a i n t a i n th e h i g h B r i t i s h m i g r a n t i n t a k e and e n co u rag e f a m i l y

m i g r a t i o n " , Mr. Downer s a i d . " C h i l d r e n and young p a r e n t s a r e the

b e s t p o s s i b l e new c i t i z e n s f o r A u s t r a l i a . They n o t o n ly i n j e c t a

h i g h p r o p o r t i o n o f young p e o p l e i n t o o u r p o p u l a t i o n , b u t t h e m se lv e s

w i l l add s t i l l f u r t h e r to th e r a t e o f ou r a c c e l e r a t e d p o p u l a t i o n

growth by the c h i l d r e n t h e y w i l l have h e r e .

"Our main a p p e a l i n B r i t a i n , e s p e c i a l l y i n t h e s e days of

h i g h p r o s p e r i t y , i s to t e l l p a r e n t s ‘Come t o A u s t r a l i a f o r y o u r

c h i l d ’ s f u t u r e ’ . T h is i s h a v in g an i m p r e s s i v e e f f e c t . P a r e n t s who

a r e c o m f o r t a b l y e s t a b l i s h e d r e a l i s e t h a t t h e r e a r e b e t t e r opp o r­

t u n i t i e s i n t h i s young, grow ing, c o u n t r y . M oreover, t h o s e who

r e s p o n d to t h i s type' of message a r e th e b e t t e r , t h i n k i n g , ty p e s

and t h i s i n t u r n i s h a v i n g a f a v o u r a b l e i n f l u e n c e upon t h e q u a l i t y

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o f t h e m i g r a n t s we a r e g e t t i n g . A l l r e p o r t s fr o m i n d e p e n d e n t

s o u r c e s c o n f i r m t h a t t h e q u a l i t y o f o u r m i g r a n t i n t a k e now i s

h i g h e r t h a n e v e r "before "both i n t h e p r o p o r t i o n o f s k i l l e d w o r k e r s

and i n t h e g e n e r a l l e v e l o f i n t e l l i g e n c e and c h a r a c t e r .

"They a r e a l s o b e i n g a t t r a c t e d i n t h e U n i t e d Kingdom by

t h e s p e c i a l l i b e r a l m e a s u r e s I i n t r o d u c e d l a s t y e a r . T he se

i n c l u d e a scheme w h ic h e n a b l e s a l l c h i l d r e n u n d e r 19 to t r a v e l

f r e e w h i l e t h e i r p a r e n t s pay o n l y £10 e a c h t o w a r d t h e i r own

p a s s a g e c o s t s ,

" I n a d d i t i o n , t h e Hampseys h a v e t a k e n a d v a n t a g e of a n o t h e r

scheme which e n a b l e s c h i l d r e n t o r e c e i v e t h e a d v a n t a g e s o f t h e

F a i r b r i d g e Farm S c h o o l t r a i n i n g and t h e p a r e n t s t o t r a v e l as

a s s i s t e d m i g r a n t s ,

" T h is s h i p l o a d o f y o u t h i s warmly welcomed h e r e . I hope

t h e y w i l l b e f o l l o w e d by many m o r e . "

The c h i l d r e n i n t h e Hampsey f a m i l y a r c — J o h n 22,

P a t r i c k 20, Maiachy 19, B e r n a r d 17$ P h i l o m e n a 1 6 , P a t r i c i a 13»

Seamus 12, P e t e r 8 , S a r a h 7» P a t r i c k 5» G e r a l d i n e 3 , D e l o r e s 2,

a nd P a u l i n e t. ·

:The m i g r a n t s a b o a r d t h e " F a i r s k y " r e p r e s e n t a wide c r o s s

s e c t i o n o f B r i t i s h c i t i z e n s . They i n c l u d e - d o c t o r s , n u r s e s ,

l a b o r a t o r y a s s i s t a n t s , m e t a l l u r g i s t s , m ech an ics motor and

e l e c t r i c a l , b u i l d i n g t r a d e s m e n , p o l i c e m e n , f a c t o r y w o r k e r s , m i n e r s ,

r u r a l and t r a n s p o r t w o r k e r s .

The 1 0 0 t h p o s t - w a r p a r t y o f " L i t t l e B r o t h e r s " t r a v e l l i n g

i n F a i r s k y , c o m p r is e 40 y o u t h s b e tw e e n t h e a g es o f 15 and 19

y e a r s .

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7 t h November, 1960.