Aboard Ellinis, 1965

Aboard Ellinis, 1965 Originally uploaded by MagicTyger

Neil (me) and Karen (in the pram).

I don’t know who that is pushing the pram.

Mum tells me that most days aboard Ellinis, she didn’t have much to do except walk Karen and me around the decks. She was 6 months pregnant.

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Departure Day

Departure Day Originally uploaded by MagicTyger

58 Mount Road, Bexleyheath, on 29 March 1965.

The day we left the UK for Australia.

Left to right:Bruce Ennis (Dad), Sylvia (Mum), Karen and Neil (me). Harold and Anna (Grandpa and Gran) in the background.

Mum’s pregnant with Kevin.

One can only imagine …

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Back to where it all started

We drove out to the Grain Terminal at Pinkenba today.

It’s not very picturesque. A bunch of silos at the mouth of the Brisbane River. There’s a strong smell of rotting grain, and muddy puddles everywhere.

But what’s important about it to me, is that it’s …

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Fellow Passengers on Ellinis, March-May 1965

Here’s a list of all the people who left Southampton aboard Ellinis with us in March 1965, bound for Australia. There are 143 family groups.

Click here to download the passenger list.

AMOS George Gerald born 17 February 1936; Kathleen (nee Pearson) born 25 May 1938; ANDREWS William born 28 March 1928; Elsie (nee …

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Arriving in Oz

Liz indulged me for a while yesterday and patiently looked after the kids while I dug through some newspaper archives in the Qld State Library at Southbank.

I arrived by ship in Brisbane in May 1965 with my Mum, Dad and Sister. We were “Ten Pound Poms”.

I have a postcard of Ellinis sitting in …

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Links for Ten Pound Poms

There are many online resources that can help you find more info about your Ten Pound Pom history. If you have any, please let me know and I’ll add them to the list.

The National Archives of Australia has a comprehensive Record Search facility that lets you query details of anyone who arrived …

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I originally created as a resource to share my family’s migration experience in the 1960’s. This history is important to me. I want my kids to know how we got here. Understanding this gives me a better idea of who we are today.

By exploring my own history, I also discovered that …

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