The cost to emigrate to Australia was £10, which sounds quite cheap, but it was a substantial sum then, perhaps a few weeks wages for a basic worker.
He flew to Australia, as one of the very early ten pound poms to fly rather than travel by ship. The BOAC Boeing 707 from London stopped in New York, San Francisco and Hawaii, (later: I left out Fiji) before finally landing in Sydney.
On the trip he met a lass his same age. They got along well and once in Australia and briefly being in the same migrant hostel, they formed a relationship. I think I remember him telling me that they 'did the biz'. They lived together in a Sydney shared flat for a short time and became engaged, and then R confessed where his real attraction lay. She did not take it well and I don't think he ever saw her again. I must ask him about it again, one day when he has partaken of a glass of wine or two and his tongue is loosened.
If it was me, I would Google her to find out how her life turned out, but R is not so focused on the past as I am, perhaps a good thing.
He left Sydney and via Queensland and Tasmania, ended up in Melbourne. He liked Melbourne. It reminded him of England more than any other Australian city (perhaps not a good thing).
Where did this post come from? I read that around the world Boeing 747 planes are being retired and not before time, but they were great and large capacity long distance aircraft. They first came onto the market in 1970, hence me asking R what aircraft he travelled on to fly to Australia, the same year as he arrived here. BOAC bought some 747 planes in 1970 but due to pay disputes with pilots and other staff, BOAC did not fly them until 1971.