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In Pictures: The pioneering Windrush generation, who arrived 70 years ago

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16 April 2018
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Pioneers from the Caribbean arrived in Tilbury, Essex, 70 years ago, marking the beginning of large-scale West Indian immigration.
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image captionThe ex-troopship Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks, Essex, on 22 June 1948, carrying 482 Jamaicans emigrating to Britain.
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image captionThe journey to Britain cost £28 and 10 shillings.
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image captionThose from Jamaica were leaving a country that had a struggling economy and had been devastated by a hurricane.
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image captionRAF officials from the Colonial Office welcomed the Jamaican immigrants at Tilbury.
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image captionSome of the arrivals stayed in temporary accommodation, like the Jamaican immigrants seen here standing on the streets of Clapham, south London.
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image captionKenneth Murray, Eric Dryndale and Aston Robinson are seen settling in to their temporary bedroom in a former air raid shelter in Clapham in 1948.
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image captionIn the decade after the first group of immigrants boarded Empire Windrush, about 250,000 West Indians followed, including this family arriving from Jamaica in about 1950.
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image captionThose who arrived were tasked with finding work and lodgings, like this man in 1955.
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image captionRue Gordon, seen here in Birmingham in 1955, emigrated from Jamaica in 1953 and became a bus conductor.
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image captionKeith Edwards and Queenie Marques posed for a photographer in Britain in 1954 after arriving from Jamaica.
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