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Commonwealth Government Records about South Australia


Immigration and employment

The Commonwealth Government has been responsible for various immigration and employment schemes across Australia. Major employment opportunities directed by the Commonwealth that have attracted migrants to South Australia include munitions factories, farm labour for the Drive for Rural Migrants scheme and the Commonwealth Railways.

Migrants who arrived as part of post-war bilateral agreements with Australia and their home country were bound to a two-year employment contract with the Commonwealth Government. This enabled vacant positions in underemployed industries to be filled.

Records held by the Archives relating to immigration and employment in South Australia include correspondence, publicity material and photographs.

Selected series relating to immigration and employment in South Australia
Sydney
Recorded by: Department of Labour and National Service, Branch Office/Regional Administration, South Australia
Correspondence files, 'M', 1949–63 AP775/1
Adelaide
Recorded by: Department of Labour and National Service, Branch Office/Regional Administration, South Australia
Rural vacancies for migrants, 1952–55 AP31/1
Migration section – a sample assortment of leaflets, booklets and Commonwealth Employment Office posters used in migration work, 1945–76 AP1191/3
Correspondence files, 1945–54 D1917
Selected series that contain records relating to immigration and employment in South Australia
Canberra
Recorded by: Department of Immigration, Central Office
Immigration photographic archive, 1946– A12111
Selected items relating to immigration and employment in South Australia
Canberra
Development Branch, South Australia – returns of migrants, 1930 A458, D154/28
Sydney
Drive for rural migrants, 1952–56 AP775/1, M16820
Adelaide
Dutch and Italian migrants – instructions for employment, 1952–53 D1917, D1/52
Contract work for migrants, 1952–53 D1917, D20/52
Rural vacancies for directable migrants – share farming, 1952–54 D1917, D4/52
Dutch migrants – establishment of small businesses, 1960 D400, SA1960/7069

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Chapter 10
Immigration and naturalisation