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Ten Pound Poms: From Tilbury Port to Port Adelaide


Essex Cultural Diversity Project and Creative Estuary have teamed up with Port Enfield Adelaide Council, History Trust of South Australia and Tilbury on the Thames Trust, to present a new creative co-commission focusing on migration and the ‘Ten Pound Poms’, who emigrated from Tilbury Port on the Thames Estuary to Port Adelaide in South Australia.

From 1945 to 1959, several British migration schemes were launched, supported by the Australian Government. ‘Ten Pound Pom’ was the colloquial term for the general Assisted Passage Migration Scheme, launched in 1945 to enable British migrants from any British colony to come to Australia for the price of £10 per adult.

We are currently calling for proposals from theatre, performance and live art practitioners, to respond to the themes and stories of migration from Tilbury Port to Port Adelaide, and explore cultural heritage and legacy. The deadline for proposals is Monday 17 January 2022, and the commissioned artist will be announced in February 2022. Find out more about the co-commission at