May 23, 2021

6: A Facebook Community for Brits in Perth

6: A Facebook Community for Brits in Perth

‘Poms in Perth’  has 27,000 Facebook members and is one of the largest social media groups dedicated to Brits living in Australia.  

Russell Burder, who emigrated from Canvey Island, Essex as an offshore surveyor in 2006, originally set up the group to keep in touch with his friends.

He explains how the group's membership has exploded and tells us what has kept him on the other side of the world.  

Bullet points of key topics & time stamps: 

● 00:51 – find out what ‘POM’ stands for (also written as “POME and “POHM”)

● 01:29 – find out about how the Facebook group was set up accidentally

● 04:38 – Russ talks about why his Facebook group is useful to Brits living abroad

● 12:48 - Russ tells us how he was sponsored by his employer to come to Australia 

● 20:55 - Russ explains what FIFO (‘fly-in-fly-out’) work is  

List of resources mentioned in episode, suggested reading & social media handles:  

Poms in Perth Facebook group (membership is limited to Brits living in Perth, Australia) 

Read more about the convicts who were shipped to Australia  

More information on sponsorship visas


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