Photograph 7529807
530 British children aboard the FAIRSEA eager for a look at their new home. The liner "Fairsea" carrying 1470 migrants from the United Kingdom was the brightest ship on the UK-Australia run. Over 530 children under the age of 14 years were aboard and they had the happiest four weeks of their lives. As she docked at Port Melbourne all decks were crammed with gay laughing children, anxious to get another look at their new home. For the number of migrants carried, this was a record percentage of children, for an all-British migrant carrier. Child migration has been an important feature of the Australian Assisted Passage scheme from the United Kingdom this year. Among the 17 597 British assisted migrants who have sailed from the U K in the first seven months of 1956, 5 580 have been children under fourteen

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A12111, 1/1956/4/124
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