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Whyalla's Ten Pound Poms

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Road To Iron Knob
Road from Whyalla to Iron Knob


Australia needed more workers
After the Second World War,
So the government offered cheap fares
To bring people to our shore.
Many folk in England,
'Ten Pound Poms' they were called,
Heard tales of 'the land downunder'
And they were enthralled.

Among these immigrants, a little girl,
Leslie by name,
With her grandad, parents and sisters
From London they came,
They paid their ten pounds,
Said goodbye to 'the old country',
Climbed on board the ship
To spend the next six weeks at sea.

After docking in Melbourne
Off to Adelaide they did go,
Then north to Port Pirie,
How much further? They didn't know.
They caught a bus to Whyalla
The last leg of the trip,
In the scorching heat it seemed forever
Since leaving the ship.

At the end of their travels,
Finally- their new home town,
Looking out they saw
A vast landscape all red and brown.
Seeing those acres of desert land
Under the midday sun,
Leslie's dad asked himself,
'What on Earth have I done?'

Dad found employment
As a steelwork's security guard,
Mum got work as a cleaner
They both worked very hard.
Leslie and her sisters set out to
Explore this new place,
With its beach for swimming
And no shortage of open space.

Grandad, parents and children all felt
Some homesickness at first,
Yes, the summer heat, the dust
And those flies they cursed!
But with the passing of time
Each one made many a good friend,
So they found they were happy
In Whyalla, in the end.
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Nice article BUT you need to make clear that it was more than poms that came to Whyalla- we were ten pound migrants but we came from SCOTLAND (def NOT poms) and there were plenty from Ireland and Wales as well. Tired of people thinking UK=England and England=UK......
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