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Booklet - P&O Orient Lines Passenger Fares, 1964 Document Reg. No: HT 13676

Summary:
Information booklet issued by P&O Orient Lines in 1964 outlining passenger fares to and from the United Kingdom and Suez route ports. It details the P&O Orient fleet, tables for first and tourist class season, and off season fares between UK & Australia, a table on cabin grades, and other information. The booklet was part of the Myerscough's package of information materials as they prepared to migrate to Australia from England in 1963 and kept as a souvenir of their migration experiences.

John and Doreen Myerscough migrated to Australia from Liverpool in England with their daughters Jill and Julie on 20 November 1963. Searching for greater opportunities and with savings behind them, they took advantage of the Australian Government's 'Nest Egg Scheme'. They were also assisted ten pound migrants. The family sailed on the P&O Orient Line SS Canberra and settled in Melbourne where the climate was said to be similar to that of England. They transferred directly to Altona Migrant Hostel and ended up staying there (most unusually) for two years. John worked on the Geelong-Melbourne oil pipeline, in construction, and as a sub-contractor all over Victoria installing ceilings. Doreen had another baby Paul and later worked at Rothman's cigarette factory in Brooklyn. The couple purchased a block of land in Melton, promoted as a growth suburb, but the potential for isolation, as well as the couple's inability to really get ahead, made them decide to give up the dream and return to England. They paid their full fares, sold their land and returned to Liverpool on the P&O Orient Line SS Oriana on 21 January 1966. However, the challenges they experienced inspired them to strive and succeed, and John and Doreen have subsequently become frequent tourist visitors to Australia.
Description:
Soft card cover booklet. Two staples in spine. Red colour on cover with drawing of passenger ship. Printed in Australia by Shepherd & Newman Pty Ltd. 22 pages. Black text with red headings. The back page folds out to map of P&O touring route.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Doreen Myerscough, 2007
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 9.80 cm (Width), 23.50 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: migrant hostels, nest egg scheme, return migration, shipping lines
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Transport Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Processing - Planning & Departure
Tertiary Classification: reference materials
Inscriptions: Text, front cover: P&O/ORIENT/LINES/Passenger fares/To and from the United Kingdom/and Suez route ports./Effective 1st February, 1964 (Cancels all previous issues).
Past Owner or User: Mrs Doreen Myerscough, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1963
Past Owner or User: Mr John Myerscough, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1963

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