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Certificate - Crossing the Line, Orient Line, 1955 Document Reg. No: HT 13817

Certificate, Crossing the Line, it was given to Percival Alfred (Pat) Thomas on the Orient Line, SS Orontes, in 1955. Pat migrated to Australia in 1955, on the voyage he struck up a friendship with Amy McCloskey, who was returning home from a year's working holiday in England, the pair had dinner together every night on the voyage. Most of the immigrants on the voyage were put in the bottom half of the ship but Pat was on E Deck like Amy because he had paid his own fare. In Melbourne Pat left the ship, to stay with a cousin, and Amy returned home to Sydney, they corresponded and Pat visited Amy in Sydney. They were married in 1958 and lived in Noble Park. They had two children and often returned to England by ship for holidays.
Certificate in soft cardboard, one side has images of Neptune and script stating Neptune certifies the holder has crossed the Equator. It is dated 20 June 1955.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Amy Thomas, 2005
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 20.90 cm (Width), 24.60 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: immigration, immigrant voyages, shipping lines, immigrant shipping, certificates, shipping industry, ship memorabilia, crossing the equator ceremonies
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Transport Collection, Pat Thomas, English Migrant, & Amy McCloskey, 1955, Orient Steam Navigation Company Limited (Orient Line), 1879-1909
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Travel - Shipboard Life
Tertiary Classification: certificates
Manufactured For: Orient Line, London, England, Great Britain, 1955
Place Used: Orient Steam Navigation Company Limited (Orient Line), 1955
User: Mr Percival Thomas, 1955

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