6th August, 1953 : Australia House calls them ‘second-timers’ – the British emigrants to Australia who return home disillusioned, then miss the sunshine and decide to give Australia another chance. These families made their original outward trip under the assisted passage scheme at £10 a head. But for their return to Britain and their second journey out they have to pay full fares. The average one-way passage costs £80. One second-timer, tool-maker Jack Allitt, went back to England with his homesick wife when his father became ill. “But on my British pay I could not afford to pay off a house, run a car and still save as I could in Melbourne.”

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