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More than a million Britons emigrated to Australia between the 1940s and 1970s. They were the famous "ten pound Poms" and this is their story. Illuminated by the fascinating testimony of migrant life histories, this is the first substantial history of their experience and fills a gaping hole in the literature of emigration. The authors, both leading figures in the field More than a million Britons emigrated to Australia between the 1940s and 1970s. They were the famous "ten pound Poms" and this is their story. Illuminated by the fascinating testimony of migrant life histories, this is the first substantial history of their experience and fills a gaping hole in the literature of emigration. The authors, both leading figures in the fields of oral history and migration studies, draw upon a rich life history archive of letters, diaries, personal photographs and hundreds of oral history interviews with former migrants, including those who settled in Australia and those who returned to Britain.


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More than a million Britons emigrated to Australia between the 1940s and 1970s. They were the famous "ten pound Poms" and this is their story. Illuminated by the fascinating testimony of migrant life histories, this is the first substantial history of their experience and fills a gaping hole in the literature of emigration. The authors, both leading figures in the field More than a million Britons emigrated to Australia between the 1940s and 1970s. They were the famous "ten pound Poms" and this is their story. Illuminated by the fascinating testimony of migrant life histories, this is the first substantial history of their experience and fills a gaping hole in the literature of emigration. The authors, both leading figures in the fields of oral history and migration studies, draw upon a rich life history archive of letters, diaries, personal photographs and hundreds of oral history interviews with former migrants, including those who settled in Australia and those who returned to Britain.

22 review for 'Ten Pound Poms': Australia's Invisible Migrants

  1. 5 out of 5

    Belle

    I found this book extremely informative and I enjoyed it but it was very heavy going with lots of info and I had to really pace myself to take it all in. I took 2 weeks to read this, which is a long time for me. Lots of research and lots of engaging human stories have gone into this well thought out book but I did find it almost more like a report than a book exactly. I almost cried near the end when I read about the parents names on the Migrant Wall. I found out lots of small details that I nev I found this book extremely informative and I enjoyed it but it was very heavy going with lots of info and I had to really pace myself to take it all in. I took 2 weeks to read this, which is a long time for me. Lots of research and lots of engaging human stories have gone into this well thought out book but I did find it almost more like a report than a book exactly. I almost cried near the end when I read about the parents names on the Migrant Wall. I found out lots of small details that I never knew about, so it was educating and as a former migrant myself it was comforting to read about people with similar identity conflicts. I loved that aspect of this book, as you did get to know and admire some of these migrants; although I found it sad that many of them are probably no longer with us, as the book was written in 2000. While there was absolutely nothing wrong with the structure of this book, personally, I would have preferred to read one family or migrant's story in its entirety rather than flitting back and forth between them all (but that's because I have a terrible memory and forget who is who) but I did see that each family or individual migrant was listed at the back of the book, so I could have looked them up to be reminded.

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