"Ten-pound pom" hailed at Library

11 Oct 2017

A new book celebrating the legend of the "10-pound pom" will be launched at Newcastle Region Library on Friday 20 October.
 
Ten Pound Pom is the true story of author Carole Wilkinson’s immigration to Australia – a story shared by many English immigrants who'll readily relate to her family's epic journey to a new life.
 
Local illustrator Liz Anelli lends her own unique artistic talents to the story, which is part of the library's award-winning Our Stories series.

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Between 1945 and 1972, more than a million people immigrated to Australia as part of the Assisted Passage Migration Scheme or, as it's better known, the Ten Pound Pom Scheme.
 
"The scheme was created to increase the population of Australia which, at the time, was only seven million people," Libraries Manager Suzie Gately said.
 
"People from Britain were given the chance to immigrate and start new lives for just 10 pounds, and Carole Wilkinson was one of those immigrants.
 
"She left Britain with her parents and brother in 1963. They travelled the 18,340 km from Derby in the UK to Adelaide on the SS Arcadia for a better life, complete with a brand-new house and a Holden.
 
"Ten Pound Pom beautifully explores this history and will resonate with not only families that were part of the scheme but anyone that's left their home in the hope of finding a better life."
 
Carole Wilkinson will launch Ten Pound Pom at Newcastle Library on Friday 20 October at 6pm. Signed copies can be bought on the night, when all 10-pound poms will be especially welcome.
 
Bookings via Eventbrite.