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  1. Hi, Sorry if this has already been posted. I've had a look but couldn't find anything. I'm asking on behalf of my Great Uncle. He is a £10 pom that was in Australia through the migrated passage scheme in 1964. He says they were granted residency and it was never rescinded and he and his wife lived there til 1972 when they had to return due to her mother being ill. He is hoping to apply and qualify through "heredity entitlement" on the basis that his Grandfather was a first born Australian and that his mother (his Grandfather's daughter) was also entitled to be recognised as an Australian citizen because she was the daughter of an Australian. His mother lived the final 38 years of his life exclusively in Australia through til death in 2002. His father was also an approved British migrant resident living in Aust from 1964 til death around 1990. We think there is an application procedure somewhere that refers to a requirement for second generation (my Great Uncle's Mother) applicants to be able to prove they lived their final years in Australia but have no idea where to look and searching for this online doesn't seem to bring up any results. My Great Uncle - I believe - was born in the UK. His sister was also born in the UK but has been a resident and citizen of Australia for most of her life I think. Any help you could give to point us in the right direction would be really appreciated Thanks
  2. Guest

    POM in Melbourne

    Hi Guys I have been living in Melbourne for the last 7 years and loving every minute of it. Thought I would join to see if I can offer advise to people moving over here as I know it is a daunting thing to do. Its also a great adventure so enjoy!
  3. Hello Everyone, Im not sure how common this question is but here you go…. A friend of mines parents come over to Western Australia around 38 years ago and had their PR visas,After a few years they returned back to the UK without being made citizens. They are still there in the UK but my friend their son has lived here for over 8 years and has been a citizen for a good few years too. His parents are getting older and come over at least twice a year and they are desperate to come back and live near to their son. With them already having PR in the past is there a way they can return without putting in thousands and thousands and thousands. Ive done a bit of research and thought the 155 visa maybe an avenue they could go down but im not sure? Can anyone advise me? Thank You
  4. Well, how thrilling it is to see all you fellow new Queenslanders like me, but lucky you'ze get to live in lovely Brisbane while im out here on me tod in Mount Isa!! MMmm, Im thinking I best work on my husband a bit more to get up and moved!
  5. ... and I still only know one person! Hello, I am a guy from London, 36 years old, moved to Brisbane last month and I now live in the city and work in the Valley. I am doing OK and love it here, but it would be GREAT to have some friends to meet up with for drinks and maybe some trips etc. (Sightseeing trips, not LSD/Acid). The one guy who I do know from home is not in my age group. I am pretty quiet and reserved with new people who I dont know, so find it hard to speak to strangers without reason and a bit unnerving meeting a group of 20 all at once... hence this little message! It would be good to hear from anyone in the same situation 10 years or so either side of my own age. Where do you go? What do you do? IS ANYBODY OUT THERE? lol
  6. Hi there , been in gero a few months now . Have'nt come across any pom's yet , is there any living here ? cheers Shaun.
  7. whatsthestory

    Single Life - Adelaide?

    hey everyone, just wondering what single life is like in Adelaide? Where is the best area to live and / or go out for a 30 year old. don't really want to be surrounded by screaming kids or teeny boppers. Need a bit of info, sharpish! coming over in july and i haven't really got a clue where to go. going to be 30 in august so i got a few weeks to round up some drinking buddies. cheers all, i'll get the first round! Danny
  8. More than half of British women's waists 'too big' :eek: :err: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18570445
  9. yes!!!! Its time for me to come clean, I am a Whinging POM!!!!! its the weather you see, after going into the 9th month in a row of horrible cold weather i have had enough of it. Since the end of August last year we haven't been able to sit outside or have a barbecue, thats a lie, we had one but we all wore our winter coats. Also we had alot of barbies when we had a month in Brisbane validating our visas in April. We thought winter would be over when we got back, but we are still scraping ice off our car windows, here in Yorkshire. I hate, i hate it, i hate it, i am a Whinging POM!!!!!!! But does it count being a Whinging Pom living in the UK. Is there anyone else on PIO who feels the same way. This isn't a uk versus Australia post, its a sad whinging cold and miserable housebound Pom post, which i admit is me. I know i should get out more, but just what is there to do, i have stopped playing golf as a member because i was playing in horrible weather to make it cost effective. Am i the only one on PIO who feels like this and more importantly is this a good reason to emigrate. Obviously i have other reasons, but this is at the top of my list. Jim :cry:
  10. I didn't write it but soo true me thinks... A Diary of a Pom In Karratha August 31st Just got transferred with work into our new home in Karratha, Western Australia, now this is a town that knows how to live!! Beautiful sunny days and warm balmy evenings. What a place! I watched the sunset from a deck chair on the veranda. It was beautiful. I've finally found my my home. I love it here. September 13th Really heating up. Got to 35 today. Not a problem. Live in an air-conditioned home, drive an air-conditioned car. What a pleasure to see the sun everyday like this. I'm turning into a sun worshipper. September 30th ad the backyard landscaped with tropical plants today. Lots of palms and rocks. What a breeze to maintain. No more mowing lawn for me. Another scorcher today, but i love it here. October 10th This temperature hasn't been below 35 all week. How do people get used to this kind of heat. At least today it's kind of windy though. But getting used to the heat is taking longer than I expected. October 15th Fell asleep by the pool. Got 3rd degree burns over 60% of my body. Missed 3 days of work. What a dumb thing to do. I learned my lesson though. Got to respect the ol' sun in a climate like this. October 20th I missed Kitty (our cat) sneaking into the car when I left this morning. By the time i got to the hot car for lunch, Kitty had died and swollen up to the size of a shopping bag and stank up the $3,000 leather upholstery. I told the kids that she ran way. The car now smells like Wiskettes and cat sh1t. I learned my lesson though. No more pets in this heat. October 25th The wind sucks. It feels like a giant fxxking blow dryer!! And its hot as hell. The home air-conditioner is on the blink and the AC repairman charged $200 just to drive over and tell me he needed to order parts. October 30th Been sleeping outside by the pool for 3 nights now. Bloody $600,000 house and we can't even go inside. Why did I ever come here November 4th Its 38 degrees. Finally got the ol' air-conditioner fixe today. It cost $1,500 and gets the temp down to 25, but the bloody humidity makes the house feel like its about 30. Stupid repairman. I hate this stupid fxxkin place. November 8th If another wise arse cracks, "hot enough for you today" I'm going to fxxkin throttle him. Fxxkin heat! By the time I get to work, the car's radiator was boiling over, my clothes are soaking fukin wet, and I smell like baked cat!! November 9th Tried to run some messages agyer work. Worse shorts, and sat on the black leather seats in the ol' car. I though my fxxkin arse was on fire. I lost to layers of flesh and all the hair on the back of my legs and my fxxkin arse. Now my car smells like burnt hair, fried ass and baked cat. November 10th The weather report might aswell be a fxxkin recording. Hot and sunny. Hot and sunny. Hot and fukin sunny. It's been too hot to do anything for 2 damn months and the weatherman says it might really warm up next week. Doesn't it ever rain in this damn fukin place? Water rationing will be next, so my $5,000 worth of palms just might dry up and bow into the fukin pool. Even the palms can't live in this fxxkin heat. November 14th Welcome to HELL!!!! Temperature got to 41 today. Now the air-conditioner's gone in my car. The repairman came to fix i and said "hot enough for you today?" My wife had to spend the $2,500 mortgage payment to bail my ass out of fail for assaulting the stupid fxxker. Fxxk Karratha! What kind of sick demented fukin idiot would want to live here? December 1st WHAT????? This is the first day of Summer??? You are fxxkin kiddin!!!
  11. Waitingawhile

    going to be a ping pong pom?

    anyone moved back and kinda knew they would be moving back to OZ before they got on the plane?:swoon:
  12. Hi there, We are a British family of four - two adults and two children (aged 7 & 4) who have just arrived in Australia. We are currently staying in a holiday home on the East side of the lake whilst waiting for our belongings and dog to arrive from Blighty. We are looking for friendship with any like minded familes in the Lake Macquarie area who have been through or are going through the same trials and tribulations you face on arriving in this magical land. Thank you for taking the time to read this post. Regards The Mackie Family (Newly escaped from Ellesmere Port, UK)
  13. Any on here, any Expat POMS in Oz working as a taxi driver for either Black and White, Yellow, or Gold Coast Taxi firms................I am interested in hearing from you, i will/would love to meet up when i arrive.. Cheers
  14. Guest

    Expats in Sydney

    I'm looking to speak to British ex-pats living in the Sydney area for research for a documentary series for ITV (UK). I'm interested in talking to everyone and anyone who has moved to Sydney or the surrounding area from the UK. I'm not looking for any commitment at this stage, I'd just love to hear about your experiences. What is life really like as a Brit on the other side of the world? Have your dreams come true or has your move to Australia not turned out as planned? What challenges have you faced in pursuing a new life away from the UK? Are you making the big move soon and are you excited / nervous? What’s it like leaving loved ones behind? Have you found your dream job? If you're interested in telling your story or you'd like to know more please contact Patrick at Century Films I look forward to hearing from you.
  15. This is a hello to the group. I am a Brit and Australian due to the fact that my Dad was born in Australia but I was born and brought up in Hampshire, UK. I have lived in the US for 30 years (last 20 in California). My wife and I are considering a year off starting with UK summer in Cornwall and then possibly Australian summer in Melbourne. We plan to take our 2 dogs to the UK which is possible without quarantine but apparently not so easy in Australia (minimum 30 days quarantine, so I may leave them with family in the UK. Questions re Melbourne; Does it get too hot/too powerful sun in the summer for a convertible which has no ac with the roof up? I am considering shipping an MGC from the UK and then selling when I leave. However they are commonly referred to as "roasters" here due to engine heat and mo ac. What are the tax consequences for a non resident pom/Australian selling an imported antique ('69) British car? Anyone sailing in Melbourne? I would want to rent a simple small house with access both to downtown/university, and sailing without driving miles. In fact we prefer to walk or bicycle. Cost of renting a small house?
  16. I've noticed that there a quite a few newer queries from recent arrivals and those arriving soon surrounding exchange rates. It seems that a lot of people are reluctant to move money here and are waiting for exchange rates to improve. Could we be in for a long wait? What are we doing with our UK savings? Can we find good financial advice by someone competent in both tax systems? ]Is there a good ex Uk accountant here. I would be interested in hearing from people who are in a similar predicament .
  17. Guest

    Pom's in Melbourne!

    Alright all, I've recently moved to Melbourne temporarily with work and as good as my new work mates have been looking to meet some people outside of it as well. If anyones in the same boat or fancies meeting up for drinks or something let me know. I'm currently in st kilda although not ventured too far off st kilda road so any suggestions on cool things to visit here would be welcome! Jeff.
  18. newjez

    What is a Pom ???

    I've always wondered what the definition of a pom is. Aussies are different in the way that they treat the different UK sub races. Is a Pom just the English - or does it include the Scots, Welsh and the Irish? What about the channel islands and the isle of Mann? Is Northern Ireland the same as Southern Ireland? I've always wondered - does anyone know? Maybe - just maybe - anyone who is an immigrant to Oz could be called a Pom? Would that be a good thing?
  19. As there is an slowdown in Oz that could lead to a recession ( debatable ) , for those who are looking for work do employers seem to be in favour of Australian workers rather than migrants now ? It appears that more and more are finding it hard to secure FT employment and even PT / casual jobs. The last figures had about 30% unemployed have been out of work for 2+ years, and the over 40's hardest hit. How do those looking finding it now. M
  20. Just had to share this with you all! We are moving out to Australia in June (my partner is already with you, in Canberra) with our two children. My daughter is 5 and is very interested in Australian life, partly because of the impending move and also because she recently studied Australia in school. This evening I read her the usual bedtime story and played our usual 5 minute 'guess the animal' game. Following several questions I had ascertained the animal she was thinking of was small, grey, lived on land and was wild. I guessed at a squirrel and a few others and met with a resounding 'NO!'. So, I gave up. What could this animal be? 'A pom!' she announced proudly. 'A pom?' I enquired 'Yes, they live in Australia, sometimes you call them pom-poms'. :jiggy:Can't wait to see the country finally, though I'll keep a look out for the Poms.....
  21. After a long labour Ryden Vaughan was born on the 2nd April 2011 at 7.29am Mother and baby are doing well. Couldn't be more happier :jiggy:
  22. Hello everyone, It is great to find a site with lots of information. We have been in NZ for 10 yrs and our daughter was born here. We have decided to hop across the ditch and live close to family in Mornington/Frankston. We are NZ citizens so have no visa issues but everything else is more or less the same for us. Oh, except the flight times! Thanks for having us, Emma
  23. Guest

    Pom Lorry license in OZ

    My driver has a UK lorry license, he can drive up to 7 and half tonne. We need him to drive a 6 tonne for a day's haul. Can he use his English license, or does he have to do another test in OZ. We are in Perth.
  24. Guest

    Help a pom not yet in Oz!

    Hi everyone, First time posting on a forum, however have seen that there are some knowledgable and helpful people out there so thought I would give it a bash... My husband and I are emigrating to Sydney in April. I secured a job in January when we were over on holiday, but are still waiting for the sponsorship 'nomination' to come through. The company has their own internal imigration specialist and it is now going into the 4th week and I have no nails left, and big black bags under my eyes! We''ve both handed in our resignation at work and our last day is due to be 31st March as I signed my contract around 20th Jan and they said it was then in concrete the offer and my start date is due to be 18th April, However..... Im aware that I still need to complete my application part of the sponsorship, go for medicals and get the full sponsorship through. This leaves me worrying as I don't want: Rent my flat out, sell my car, book flights, put stuff into storage, only to get nearer the time and for whatever reason, it can't be cleared. They have said to me to carry on as normal and plan for getting over there, and if needs be, they can apply for an e-visitor visa which will allow us into the country and to work until the sponsorship comes through, but I don't feel that this is an option for us, we need it to be confirmed CONFIRMED before I can leave the UK. Am I being over-sensitive or does anyone else think this is wise that I wait to do all those things? When and IF it comes through, I have no idea how much longer this will be, which will mean I will probably have 2 weeks to sort everything out and I'm not sure if that is enough time?! Any advice or help anyone can give would be appreciated!!!:err:
  25. Hi my name is Andrew, i emigrated to the south of Brisbane nearly three years ago i currently have a job where i have worked my way up to a supervisory position and although the job is very rewarding in many ways but it is not challenging enough ! I have a MR truck licence and a clean Australian class C driving licence. I ran my own Vehicle Upholstery business in the uk for 9 years and have not touched Upholstery since then as over hear they do it differently which is a shame... but i do miss it . I am very trustworthy, punctual and very very hard working self-conscious and a good team player and quite able to work on my own initiative. I am also able to ‘think on my feet’ and welcome new challenges. If there is any opportunities for the expertise that i posses please contact me. Many thanks Andy.