‘Ten Pound Poms’ Help P&O Cruises Celebrate 175 Years of Heritage A select group of 175 “Ten Pound Poms” and friends remembered their life-changing voyage to Australia at a special event onboard P&O Cruises’ Oriana in Sydney this week.
The nostalgic reunion was held as part of celebrations to mark 175 years of heritage for the UK-based cruise line, which played a key part in the post-World War II assisted migration program. Under the program, which ran from 1947 to 1972, more than a million Britons paid ten pounds to cruise to Australia to start a new life, earning the tag of Ten Pound Poms.
Now famous Australians who arrived here under the program include Prime Minister Julia Gillard, actor Hugh Jackman and singers Kylie Minogue, Jimmy Barnes and the Gibb brothers, better known as The Bee Gees. The lunch followed an invitation from P&O Cruises World Cruising to Australia’s Ten Pound Poms, asking them to tell their favourite stories about their journey to their new land.
The cruise line was flooded with more than 1500 entries, revealing stories of romance and adventure at sea and complete surprise at the Australian way of life on arrival. The winners and guests, 175 in all, were invited to attend today’s celebratory event onboard the cruise line’s modern day Oriana, the namesake of one of the ships which carried Ten Pound Poms to Australia in the 1960s. John Pond.