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Kylie Minogue (Carol Jones)

Kylie Minogue (Carol Jones)

Singer

Arrived: 1955

Ship: New Australia

Kylie’s mother (Carol Jones) was a young child when she sailed to Australia with her parents Millie and Dennis, ex-managers of the local post office in Maesteg, Wales. Carol trained in Australia as a dancer and gave birth to Kylie in 1968, after marrying Irish descendant, Ron Minogue. The family settled in Melbourne where Kylie’s brother Brendan and sister Dannii were born.

Hugh Jackman (Chris Jackman & Grace Watson)

Hugh Jackman (Chris Jackman & Grace Watson)

Actor

Arrived: 1967

Ship:

Hugh is one of many famous Australians with parents who were Ten Pound Poms. He was the youngest of five children and the second in the family to be born in Australia. His English parents divorced when he was eight. Hugh's mother returned to England and he remained in Australia with his father, living in North Sydney.

The Bee Gees

The Bee Gees

Musicians

Arrived: 1958

Ship: Fairsea

The Gibb brothers are famous immigrants who emigrated from Manchester to Redcliffe, Queensland in the late 1950s, but returned to England in 1967. Though children were supposed to clear the decks of the Fairsea by 9pm the Gibb brothers frequently broke the curfew by sneaking out of their cabin in their pyjamas to sing to crowds of enthusiastic passengers.

Tony Abbott

Tony Abbott

Prime Minister of Australia (2013+)

Arrived: 1960

Ship: Oronsay

There has been plenty of coverage in the Media about Julia Gillard being a Ten Pound Pom but did you know that Tony Abbott emigrated to Australia only six years before her, when he was only two years old? Tony's parents were Australian expats living in London but still qualified for the assisted passage.

Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard

Prime Minister of Australia (2010-13)

Arrived: 1966

Ship: Fairsky

Gillard suffered from bronchial pneumonia as a child. Her parents, John and Moira, were Poms and took the doctor's advice about moving to a warmer climate and the family emigrated to Australia in 1966, originally intending to set up home in Melbourne. During the long voyage aboard the Fairsky, Julia's parents befriended a Welsh couple who had already set up home in Adelaide and were on their way back there after making a trip back to Wales. The prospect of having some ready-made Welsh friends persuaded the Gillards to change their plans and move to Adelaide.

Noni Hazlehurst (George and Eileen Hazlehurst)

Noni Hazlehurst (George and Eileen Hazlehurst)

Actress

Arrived: 1951

Ship: Ormonde

Noni is one of many famous Australians whose parents were Poms. Noni Hazlehurst made her name presenting the popular children's television show, Playschool, between 1978 and 2001. She has since starred in a number of films and television shows such as City Homicide and Better Homes and Gardens.

Alan Bond

Alan Bond

Businessman

Arrived: 1950

Ship: Himalaya

Bond emigrated to Fremantle, Australia from London with his parents and sister in 1950. He ended America's 132-year winning streak by winning the America's Cup in 1983 with Australia II. He paid $1 billion in 1987 for the Nine television network and founded Bond University (Qld) in the same year. Declared bankrupt in 1992, Bond served four years in prison from 1997-2000 for siphoning off over $1 billion into the Bond Corporation.

Al Grassby

Al Grassby

Australian Minister for Immigration (1972-74)

Arrived: 1948

Ship: Ornonde

Grassby was born in Brisbane to parents of Irish and Spanish descent. He lived in Sudan, Italy, France, Spain and Scotland before moving back to Australia. We think he counts as a Famous Ten Pound Pom! Minister for Immigration in the Whitlam Labor government, he ditched the White Australia Policy in 1973 and initiated sweeping reforms in immigration, human rights, and is often known as the father of Australian multiculturalism. Grassby died in 2005.

Frank Tyson (Typhoon Tyson)

Frank Tyson (Typhoon Tyson)

English Cricketer (Fast Bowler)

Arrived: 1958

Ship: Iberia

Tyson met his wife in Melbourne on the 1954-55 Ashes tour. "It had struck me while I was over there that it was a wonderful country to bring up a family, with the open spaces, the climate and the job opportunities." He retired from first class cricket in 1960 and emigrated to Australia, working as a cricket commentator on Australian radio for 36 years and for Channel Nine from 1979 to 1986. Another one of those famous Australians who was really a Pom!

Harold Larwood

Harold Larwood

English Cricketer (fast bowler)

Arrived: 1950

Ship: Orontes

Harold Larwood implemented Douglas Jardine's fast leg theory and bowled bouncers at Bradman in the Bodyline Ashes Test Series of 1932-33. Thanks largely to Larwood, the Poms comfortably took the Series by 4 tests to 1 (on Australian soil). Harold Larwood emigrated to Australia in 1950 and lived in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, working for Pepsi Cola. He died in 1995.

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