Ten Pound Poms
Ten Pound Poms follows the journeys of nine Britons who took the gamble of migrating to Australia in the post-war years. They were part of one of the largest planned migrations of the 20th century - the White Australia Policy - designed to provide enough Anglo-Saxon manpower for the burgeoning Australian economy.
Hoping to escape post-war rationing and class-bound British society, over one million Britons migrated to Australia in the thirty years following World War 2. They boarded luxury liners and aeroplanes to the promised land, anticipating ready employment and their own freestanding home in sunny Australia within six months. The only catch was that all assisted migrants had to stay for a minimum of two years - or pay the full fare for a passage home. Over one quarter of the 'Ten Pound Poms' fled home, escaping 'Pommy bashing' and resentment from Australians for 'job stealing', and craving the hustle and bustle of Europe.
But nearly half of the 250,000 Brits who returned to the UK sailed back to Australia again after reassessing England, thus becoming known as the "Boomerang Poms". Many learnt to appreciate the space, good food, healthy lifestyle and free tertiary educational opportunities in Australia - a brand new country where they could be a completely different person in a class-free society. Narrated by Australian actor and 'Ten Pound Pom' John Waters (All Saints), this classic one-hour social history documentary traces the fascinating story of the 'Ten Pound Poms' and their families from the post-war era through to the 1960s, interviewing nine original British migrants. Which country would finally claim the heart of each of these Ten Pound Poms?
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