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Map - P&O Orient Line 'Oriana', 1963 Document Reg. No: HT 13678

Summary:
Fold-out map of the P&O Orient Line ship the SS 'Oriana' issued to tourist class passengers. It includes images and deck maps of the Oriana. The leaflet was part of the Myerscough's package of information materials as they prepared to permanently depart Australia for England in 1965 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 paper cover map with blue cover. Black text with blue headings inside. Printed in England by the Barnyard press. B/W images. It includes images and deck maps of the Oriana and what each deck looks like and detailed map of each deck from verandah to G. Back of map is blank.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Doreen Myerscough, 2007
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 22.50 cm (Width), 9.60 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Unfolds to 83cm x 65cm.

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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
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Travel - Shipboard Life
Tertiary Classification: plans
Inscriptions: Text: P&O-ORIENT LINES/ORIANA/SEPTEMBER 1963 TOURIST CLASS.
Past Owner or User: Mrs Doreen Myerscough, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1965
Past Owner or User: Mr John Myerscough, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1965

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