Pictured: Black and white postcard featuring image of a large ocean liner, the ‘New Australia’ at sail in the open ocean. (Public Domain).
The Hathaway Family
The postcard was collected during the voyage on the British Ministry of Transport’s S.S. ‘New Australia’ by Stanley and Lucy Hathaway and was amongst many personal items brought to Australia when the Hathaway family migrated from England in 1951.
Stanley and Lucy (nee Simmons) Hathaway and their daughter Hazel survived World War II in heavily bombed Coventry, England, remaining there until 1946.
They attended the Victory in Europe celebrations there on 8 May 1945. The Hathaways relocated to Buckinghamshire (where second daughter Merle was born in 1948) and Hampshire between 1946 and 1951, finally deciding to migrate to Australia.
They applied successfully to the Assisted Passage Migration Scheme but had to wait two years before departing, living and touring England in a caravan until departing on the ‘New Australia’ on 17 November 1951.
They first stayed at the Bathurst Migrant Camp in New South Wales before being relocated to a housing commission estate in Ballarat, Victoria.
Within six months they had purchased a block of land in Wendouree, living in a caravan while their house was built.
The family became active members of the local Ballarat community, with Lucy working for the newly established McCallum House Centre for Retarded Children at Sebastapol and continued her strong interest in the Brownies and Girl Guides associations.
They later relocated to Melbourne and then retired to Buninyong.