I was born in London, England. I can trace my family tree back to the late 1800’s (am trying to find help to go back further) and it appears we have always been in South London, in and around Bermondsey (St. Olave’s), although the last 2 or 3 generations have wandered abit (hence me being in Australia). In the mid-60’s my parents decided that life would be better in New Zealand so we became “10 pound POMs” and migrated to Wellington.
In the 1960’s New Zealand needed people, so they implimented a scheme where people from the “Mother Country” could emigate and pay only 10 pounds, they came to be known as “10 pound POMs” (Australia did something similar). The life style in NZ at the time was in most ways a lot better than that in England but in quite a few major ways it was inferior (modcon’s mainly) . Over all life in NZ was a lot easier and from my perspective a lot better than what we left behind. The major drawback was that we left all of our family in the UK (we only had my mothers uncle in NZ but he returned to England just 1.5 years after we arrived). Fortunately for us my maternal grand-parents emigated 2 years after we did and one of my father’s sisters (with her husband and 2 children) emigrated to Australia. Just for a side note, my mother was an only child, my father was the eldest of 15 (so far as I know 12 of his siblings are still alive, he died in 2008, the next eldest, Terry died the same day Prince William got married).