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  1. If you are moving to Perth and want to know about schools in the area, suburbs or need help finding accommodation or friends in the area, then why not take a look at our sister site PerthPoms: Western Australia Migration & Expat Forum
  2. Guest

    Poms Going Home to UK (register)

    There seems to be more and more Poms returning to the UK so I thought it may help to have a register of us so others know who we are and who to talk to if they need to talk.
  3. Hi All, Just watched ep4 I think, about the flooding, meter girls help, backpackers, and RM Daz from Redcliffe who moved 2yrs after ex wife and 2 daughters. He holds a special place in my heart as has had a similar journey to me when I went to QLD, in that he has cancer since his arrival. I am now back in the UK, but planning a return 2020 or before all being well. Wondered if anyone knew Daz, or could pass him onto this thread as would love to hear about his journey, treatments and share stories together. Hoping he is well, and enjoying the QLD fun. Thanks :biggrin:
  4. Guest

    any poms in griffith

    Hi anyone in griffith nsw area that would like to chat?
  5. Guest

    Muswellbrook X poms!!

    Hi there. Just wondering if there are any poms living out in Muswellbrooke in here???? Have just been offered a job in Muswellbrooke with HITACHI and would like some info on all sorts of stuff :err: Thanks kennmikp
  6. The Pom Queen

    British Abroad

    Not just for the British but why not join us over on http://www.britsabroad.com there we discuss every country not just Australia, it could be a place where you can swap information on your home town whilst getting help with your questions about moving to Australia. http://www.britsabroad.com :wubclub:
  7. rachuk1

    English Food Poms miss

    My sister was asking me; "if i had to pick 5 food items that i really miss from the UK what would it be?" I had to pick things that she could post out to me. this was great as i didn’t find it hard to come up with a list so hopefully they are on their way to me as we speak! mushy peas (quick soak dried peas) to have with my fish and chips! UK Cadbury chocolate bars Walkers Quavers crisps Blue Ribands walkers cheese and onion crisps If anyone else here in Australia is missing the Uk food - what would be your top 5? I love Australian food and the lifestyle no question about the quality of life and food here. I simply want a few of my favoutite foods that i have grown up with.... AND - does anyone know if they can get the mushy peas here in the Melbourne are (not the tin variety :biggrin:)
  8. The Pom Queen

    Poms in OZ Time Capsule

    I'm not sure if this is going to work but I thought it would be great for members new and old to share what's happening in their life right now (nothing to personal thank you:biggrin:) and what they think they will be doing in 5 years time. I thought we could then close the thread in a few months and file it away to be opened 5 years later and see where we all are and if our thoughts/dreams come true. :hug::hug: let's pray that when we open it in 5 years time those who are waiting for their visas have been successful. I'll start but will create it on a separate post
  9. That's the way i see it.I can't differentiate(apart from the ........):wink:
  10. The Pom Queen

    British Expats Happy in Australia

    Ok, this is a thread for people who are here and happy ONLY. If you aren't happy in Oz or returning home then we can start another thread for you. However, I would like this one to be for the people who have made the move and think it's wonderful, please tell us what you like about Australia (the area you are), how long you have been here, etc. Who knows I may even give a prize for the most inspiring story.:wubclub:
  11. Guest

    Aussies calling brits poms

    I am in Australia from manchester and I don't understand why Aussies call Me a Pom. I am told by Aussies that POM means Prisoner of Mother England. That would mean the first Aussies where the POMs then not us Brits. Wouldn't that make Aussies POMs not Brits? I never hear Aussies call other Aussies POMs not even their own forefarthers and people desended from Brits.
  12. Guest

    Just joined Poms in oz

    Hi would like to introduce myself. My name is Tracy my family and I have been in Adelaide for 3 months now still finding our feet!!!!. My son and husband have both got jobs now but I have has to complete a few courses first, nearly there now received police clearance today so hopefully work here I come. :biggrin:
  13. calNgary

    Life in Queensland .com

    Hiya guys just to let you all know ,us mods have taken this site under our wings and are hoping it will be as popular as poms in oz one day ,,check it out http://www.lifeinqueensland.com Cal x
  14. Guest

    New to Poms in Oz

    Hi all, myself and my partner are planning to move to Perth WA, we staretd the process last September and dont seem to have got very far! We have gone through a Migration Company Global Visa's, lets just say i would not recomend them. At first they were on the phone and emailing us all the time aking for all our documents and stuff, now nothing, they dont even reply to our maessages. we have applied for a 176 state sponsored visa, WA have agreed to sponsor me, we have been given a DIAC ref but have heard nothing since september 2011, is it usuall to not hear from anyone at this stage or should we be getting worried? Also if anyone knows how we can find out ourselves whats happening without going through our agent? :confused:
  15. Guest51810

    10pound poms

    Scots families tell how they set off in search of a better life and found their dream in Australia Jan 30 2010 Annie Brown OVER a 25-year period, almost one million British people left for Australia on the £10 Pom scheme -a small price to pay for the prospect of a better future. This week, the passenger lists from the 1950s of those who took up the assisted scheme have been posted online and, with them, the background of the migrants who helped transform Australia. Among them was the mother of the Kylie and Danni Minogue, Carol Jones, who made the journey on SS New Australia in April 1955 with her parents, David and Millie, leaving behind their life running the local post office in Maesteg, south Wales. Carol was just 12, trained as a dancer and went on to marry accountant Ron Minogue and settle in Melbourne, raising their daughters Kylie and Dannii to become stars. Between 1947 and 1981, more than a million Britons took advantage of an assisted passage scheme introduced by the Australian Government. Around 170,000 Scots used the scheme to lure skilled workers to the build the country. Alistair Thomson, who co-wrote the Ten Pound Poms, said that the Scots, like Kylie's Welsh forebears, desperately tried to avoid being categorised as "Poms". He said: "Scottish and Welsh migrants vigorously asserted that they were not Poms , especially when the term whingeing Poms started to get bandied about. They wanted to be disassociated from the English who they claimed moaned the most and who certainly suffered most abuse." Some of the Scots had come from backgrounds which were much poorer than the English and the suggestion is that they moaned less, because they had given up less. Alistair said: "The Scots did mix more with other groups and nationalities, particularly through football clubs. Football was a great bonding influence for them. "There was also animosity towards the English because of what was viewed, rightly or wrongly, as their sense of superiority. But the Italians and the Greeks also suffered racism in Australia. The Scots were lucky." The 10-pound scheme started in 1947 and although it officially finished in 1982, it petered out in the Seventies because of the changing economic climate. In 1962, David King's parents Davy and Mollie took their five children aged five to 17 from Possilpark to the promise of a new life in Australia. It wasn't an easy decision, Davy, a 45 year old upholsterer had 10 brothers and sisters in Glasgow and his mother was in hospital dying of cancer just as he was they were about to leave for Australia. David said: "They decided there would be better opportunities for us there than there would be in Glasgow but it was a big sacrifice for my parents. My dad had to be forced to leave by the rest of the family because he wanted to stay with his mother. They left a lot behind but they did it for us. It was hard for my dad, my grandmother died when we were on the boat." As Davy mourned, 13 year-old David and his siblings were in the midst of what they saw as a fantastic adventure. David said: "We were so excited. We didn't have that much to miss in Scotland and so much to look forward to in Australia." But as their ship, the SS Oriana, travelled from Southampton to open waters, sea sickness hit the passengers. The older boat, the Fairsea, was dubbed the "fair sick" by Scots passengers. On the Oriana, it was bad enough. David said:"It was horrible for the first couple of days. Everyone was running for the toilet. The queues were long and that sickness was bad." Gradually, as their sea legs improved, so did the trip. David said: "It was like a holiday, a £10 cruise. There was a swimming pool, snooker tables and parties for the adults atnight. We'd never even eaten in a restaurant before. We had a great time." The ship docked in Italy and Aden, and travelled through the Suez Canal. Next stop was India before Perth and then Melbourne. David said: "It was a big excitement for us - the world seemed so much more exotic. We had hardly been out of Glasgow before." When they arrived in Perth, it was a Sunday and in heat of 40 degrees Celsius, the devoutly Catholic family had to search the streets for a chapel. David said: "The heat was incredible. It was so intense. We had never felt anything like it. There was no air conditioning and that heat is my most vivid memory of landing in Australia." The Kings were bound for Melbourne where Davy had a brother Jimmy, who was in the Australian air force and had built up a great life for himself in his 10 years in Australia. The migrants were taken off the ships and placed in camps with hostels and tin prefabs. Conditions were cramped but they were free until they got their first job, and there was a canteen which served breakfast lunch and dinner. David said: "It wasn't the best, it was stinking hot at night. A lot of people wanted to go straight back home. We had arrived in February and that was the hottest month in Australia, so for days on end, it didn't drop below 40 degrees." One strict stipulation of the £10 fare was that migrants couldn't return within two years or they would have to pay the full return ticket price. Some people hated Australia instantly and so intensely that they never left the camp, waiting it out until their two years was up. For the 10-pound Poms, there was a 25 per cent return rate but then half of them went back to Australia, realising it had been better after all. Most returned to their own countries because of family ties. It was the other side of the world and felt like it. There was no phoneand letters took a week. It took a month to get there and it was expensive. As one migrant said, Australia was "awfully familiar and awfully strange". They spoke the same language, the cities where the migrants settled were not the culture shock of the bush, but the heat was intense and the space vast. The Kings only stayed in the camp for a few months before Davy got a job and a home for his family, complete with a fridge. They settled in Dufftown, outside Melbourne, and were surrounded by other Scots. David said:"It was a little bit like a mini-Scotland. We used to have Hogmanay and Scottish events. "But it was better in a lot of ways. When I was in Scotland, we were taught to hate Rangers supporters and Protestants and we never mixed with them. In Australia, that was all forgotten and we were all just Scottish Australians. The guy across the road was a Rangers supporter and my dad and him used to put a table in the middle of the road and have a drink together on New Year's Eve." David and two of his brothers joined the air force and his youngest brother went to university and became a teacher. David said: "That would never have happened if we had stayed in Scotland. The environment was much better than it was in Possilpark. We would have ended up in dead end jobs. In Australia, we had more choices and more opportunity. If I had stayed in Scotland, I don't think I would have been as well off now." David now co-ordinates a teaching programme between China and Australia. He was able to afford to retire at 55, but went back to work because he missed it. He and his wife Margaret have raised two daughters in a lovely three-bedroom home and he believes conditions in Possilpark, one of Glasgow's most deprived areas, would never have matched up. His dad died two years ago at the age of 92. Mollie died four years ago when she was 80. David said: "I think they had been happy but I do think they would have liked to have gone back to Scotland and finished up their life there. "But they were glad their family grew up, out of trouble and with a good life. For £10 they bought us a great future." Found this quite interesting, anybody else got any 10pound pom stories, any family members that were one? :wubclub:
  16. A story today on news.com.au http://www.news.com.au/travel/australia/its-no-ramsay-st-ping-pong-poms-going-home/story-e6frfq89-1226183140312
  17. Guest

    New to Poms in Oz

    Hi, I am a Pom who has been in Oz most of her life. I am new to Townsville though and found this site and thought it would be a good way to meet new friends. I came to Australia when I was a small child, along with my parents and my sister and brother. We lived in Wollongong on the NSW south coast for five years and then my Dad got another job in Sydney, so we moved again, and lived in the southern suburbs of Sydney at a place called Heathcote for many many years. As an adult I moved to the NSW Central Coast, midway between Sydney and Newcastle, with my husband. We raised a family there, and eventually got divorced. On my own and beginning a new career as a social worker I moved again, for a job, and now I am in North Queensland, in Townsville. I found this site because I am considering relocating again, this time to Cairns, and I had googled 'Townsville versus Cairns' and got this site. Joining in Poms in Oz seems like a good idea because there do seem to be a lot of Poms living in North Queensland, and because I work full-time and live on the outskirts of town I do not do a lot of socialising and thought this would be a good way to meet new friends. cheers,
  18. A LONDON newspaper report suggesting Fraser Island is infested with crocodiles has puzzled Queenslanders. The report, published in The Telegraph under the headline "The world's most dangerous beaches'', warns visitors of possible encounters with saltwater crocodiles on the Queensland tourist island. Tourism Minister Jan Jarratt says the story, under a photoshopped picture of a large grinning saltwater croc, might have been inspired by a prank in which a huge styrofoam monster was placed on a beach some years ago. The Fraser Coast Chronicle published photos in 2006 taken by Korean tourists of the huge croc on the sand, paint peeling from its nose and eyes. An Aussie couple also released photos of their baby daughter sitting on the fake monster's head. The Telegraph's story should be taken as seriously as the tales of mythical "drop bears'' Australians have told to spook gullible tourists, Ms Jarratt says. "If we're going to be concerned about the crocodile story on Fraser Island we might also want to look out for the drop bears,'' she said. "As far as I can ascertain, this was based on a story in 2006 that was typical Queensland humour, where a fake crocodile was photographed on the island and made a bit of a hit around the world.'' To avoid disappointment, tourists looking for crocodile encounters would need to look further north, the minister says.
  19. The Pom Queen

    Poms in Oz Awards for Best State

    Ok, we have seen all these statistics for the best country/state etc, let's have one ourselves. Which is the best State in Australia?
  20. Guest

    ipswich poms?

    hi all simon here,my partner and I have been in Queensland about 4 years now, just wondering if theres any people looking for friends in the Ipswich/Brisbane area.Im 31 my GF is 30 and were looking to meet nice people :smile:
  21. Guest

    Poms on the Sunshine Coast

    Hi all, we're English but have been living in Sydney for the past 15 years (I'm 43, hubby is 44, kids are 10, 8 and 2) but we're now looking to move to the Sunshine Coast. Just wondering a) which suburbs are best for families and b) where do most English residents choose to live as I desperately miss the English sense of humour!!! Would love to hear from anyone living there now, ideally we want to be within walking distance of the beach, close to a good private school and I'd love to live somewhere where the kids can ride their bikes and play with their friends in the street (just like I did in England!). Cheers, Vicky.
  22. Fisher1

    Parents of poms in oz!

    I am a parent of a 'pom in oz' We (husband and I) have been out three times and love it there. We would seriously think about emigrating ourselves (always supposing it was possible to get the necessary visas etc.) but my very elderly mother makes this unthinkable for the moment. I am wondering if there are any other parents in a similar position who, while not wishing / not able to take the plunge and emmigrate, would be interested in swapping information thoughts etc. For example, I found out only recently (through poms in oz) that Amazon now deliver to Australia. There must be lots of useful information to share, not to mention cheap (ha ha I mean less expensive) flight news and of course accomodation information. Our daughter hasnt got room to put us up, so we are thinking of trying house swap next time to keep the costs down ... has anyone tried this? Is there anybody there? :-)
  23. The Bolt decision will have implications for us all 512 Comments Andrew Dodd No doubt the Federal Court would like us to see its judgement against columnist Andrew Bolt today as a call for decent standards in journalism, rather than as a landmark ruling against freedom of speech. But in reality it will not be seen that way because it is a slap in the face for free expression. It limits the kinds of things we can discuss in public and it suggests there are lots of taboo areas where only the meekest forms of reporting would be legally acceptable. Justice Mordy Bromberg ruled in favour of nine fair skinned Aborigines who claimed that two articles written by Andrew Bolt two years ago were inflammatory, offensive and contravened the Racial Discrimination Act. There is clear logic in the judge's ruling, but my contention is that it fails to establish why Bolt’s writings did not qualify under the freedom of expression exemptions within the Act and it falls short of establishing that Bolt's motives were as debased as the ruling suggests. Bromberg makes it clear that Bolt and the Herald Sun lost their case because Bolt got his facts wrong and because he went out of his way to distort and inflame and provoke. So it is important to work out exactly what was being argued about. The lead applicant, Pat Eatock, claimed that Bolt had insinuated that she and the other applicants were not genuinely Aboriginal and that they were only pretending to be Aboriginal so that they could grab benefits that are only available to Aboriginal people. Under the Racial Discrimination Act she needed to prove that at least some fair skinned Aboriginal people were offended or insulted by Bolt's comments. Not a difficult thing to do. And she had to prove that Bolt made those offensive comments because she was of a particular race or color or ethnic origin. Again, a pretty easy thing to prove, given Bolt's entire argument was about the color of her skin and her ethnic origin. Strangely the Herald Sun tried to argue these points. It claimed the articles were not offensive and that race had nothing to do with the motivation for writing the stories. One might ask who they thought they were kidding? The Herald Sun also argued that even if someone could find the articles offensive, it is irrelevant because Bolt wrote his piece in good faith and was therefore entitled to an exemption under the Act, giving him a right to free speech. Justice Bromberg clearly rejected the idea that the articles were not offensive. He found that the people named by Bolt genuinely identified themselves as Aboriginal – and had done so since birth. He found that none of them had used their identity inappropriately to advance their careers. In short he had no problem with the idea that they are bona fide Aborigines. Bolt tried to argue that because he didn't incite racial hatred, he was entitled to a measure of protection under the law. The judge thought otherwise. He found that the Racial Discrimination Act is actually about promoting racial tolerance and human dignity and equality. Controversially, the judge also ruled that it's the group of people who have been offended that should determine whether or not a comment is offensive. In other words, the views of an average Herald Sun reader are not important here. It's the views of Aboriginal people that matter. In essence this case was lost on this point - the belief by the judge that "people should be free to fully identify with their race without fear of public disdain or loss of esteem for so identifying". Bolt did not get an exemption under the Act because of "the manner in which those articles were written" and because "they contained errors in fact, distortions of the truth and inflammatory and provocative language". I think the ruling is dangerous because it asserts as indisputable fact that Bolt's articles were not reasonable and were not written in good faith and do not classify as "fair comment". The Judge clearly believes they were not written with a genuine public interest in mind. But in the end this is just one person's view. Although those of us that don't like Bolt's writing might think we understand his motives, we really don't have a clue whether Bolt honestly held these views. Perhaps he was being courageous, rather than reckless, in seeking to talk openly what many would say quietly. I don't share his views but I can see some merit in the argument that true racial tolerance is only achieved when we can ventilate unpopular views openly and have a robust discussion about them. In any case do we really want to silence debate on irksome and uncomfortable topics? Given that many in the judiciary have a very dim view of even the most responsible forms of journalism, how would the courts have us write about topics when the conclusions or opinions are going to be unpleasant for the people who are being written about? If the offended people are the arbiters, how should the media question the behaviour of minority groups? In any case, this has a fair way to go yet. This is most certainly heading to the full bench of the Federal Court and then perhaps the High Court. Eventually, the final ruling will have serious implications for us all. Andrew Dodd has been a journalist and broadcaster for over 20 years, working for The Australian, Crikey and the ABC amongst others
  24. hi we are from Hornchurch (Essex) and moving to Brisbane, the gap, in january! :biggrin: are there any other young familys (pommys) in Brisbane looking to meet other poms? my husbands 34 im 24 and by the time we get out there we will have an 8 weeks old son :biggrin:
  25. Guest

    boomerang poms

    Hello all, My Husband and I and our 3 children (7,12,16!) lived in Australia for 10 years and we have recently returned to the uk permanentley due to my husband having caught skin cancer.We also returned as we have lost everything we own due to the slumping climate of building houses and getting caught up in the 'bigger you get the bigger you fall' syndrome!We love Australia and are very unhappy at returning to the uk. I would say though things arent always better on the other side,we lived on the sunshine coast,queenland and it was very expensive for eg it cost us $15 for a kilo of bananas this is due to floods and cyclones ect, so its not the cheap country it used to be 10 years ago.We bought a half acre block of land for $90,000 and built a house on it for $140,000,we sold it for $525,000 and due to a big build going wrong we lost everything the same house now is on the market for $850,000!! So please be aware its not cheap.Schooling has to be payed for.My husband had to pay $8,000 for a operation to remove cancer or wait 2 months on the health service.....all in all though love the country but we cannot afford to go back..I could go on and on but i wont ..good luck