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Accommodation Plan - Chandris Lines, RHMS Ellinis, 1968 Document Reg. No: HT 14827

Folded accommodation and berthing plan for Chandris Lines, RHMS Ellinis. There plans feature a photographic image of the ship in blue and show the floor plans of the different decks of the ship. They also note that the ship was fully Air Conditioned.

Built in 1931 as the Lurline for the US Matson Line, she was used for the San Francisco to Honolulu service. Operating as a troop ship between 1942 and 1946, when she was completely refitted. She then re-entered the San Francisco to Los Angeles to Honolulu service in 1948 before being sold to Chandris Lines in 1963. Renamed Ellinis she was refitted with accommodation for 1,668-single class passengers. First used for the round-the-world service from Rotterdam to Sydney to Rotterdam, from 1975 onwards she was used for cruising only. She was scrapped in 1986.
Folded plan printed on white stock in dark blue lettering and lining. Features photographic image of the ship in blue and floor plans of the different decks of the ship.
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Donation from Mr Paul Carman, 2006
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Tagged with: immigration, pamphlets, shipping, shipping lines, ship memorabilia, shipping industry, ships, plan drawings, accommodation, mv aranda, passenger lists, captain james cook bicentenary 1970, hi, my name is billy lathan and i sailed on the ellinis from southampton in may 1971. i landed in sydney and met many people on board during the trip, some of who i keep in contact with including mark green and his wife karen who were married a few eeks prior to sailing. i now live in adelaide and mark is in the gold coast. i remember very well at capetown seeing the large hole in the front of the ship that had occurred when we hit a sandbar leaving southampton. great times and australia is the best country in the world., in 1969 was ik emigrant en ging met de ellinis van southampton naar new zealand om afrika.ik was 21 j klaar met de opleiding verpleging en ging naar mijn broer die in n.z woont al n hele tijd.wat een geweldige ervaring die zeereis op de ellinis.na 1 j ben ik terug gegaan naar holland maar wel weer per boot dat was de australis nu om amerika via panama kanaal. het is het rijkste wat ik in mn leven mee draag, ik nelke adrichem woon nu op een sleepboot wel voor de binnenvaart maar het varen is wat ik vast wilde houden. mijn email is sleepbootmaaike hotmail.com, my name is barry pinkney sailed from southampton to sydney may 1971 returned 1973 never looked back had great time but was to young and missed family and friends back home, michael brown, looking for a passenger list of people that sailed on the rhms ellinis on march 1972 from southampton to adelaide, please contact on miky1949 yahoo.com.au, i have a doll, boy sailor doll witch chandris lines on his hat, arrived in melbourne 9 april 1970, 45 anniversary today, looking for people who sailed on the ellis from sydney to southampton in 1969 email. jaddrafting bigpond.com, i need to get refugee australia visa pleas helpe me iam handicap pleas helpe me iam somali pleas may address somaliland hargaysa pleas may telephon 634486329 pleas may name abdisalan ahmed faheye pleas may email abdisalanfaheye gmail.com143
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: WATER TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Shipping Lines
Tertiary Classification: promotional materials
Inscriptions: Printed on front page in blue: "CHANDRIS LINES / R.H.M.S. "ELLINIS" / BERTHING PLAN"
Printed next page: "R.H.M.S. "ELLINIS" / ONE CLASS SHIP / 26,000 Tons Dis. Fully air Conditioned
User: Chandris Line Ltd., London, England, Great Britain, 1968
Ship Depicted: ., 1968


Keith Hillier (Howlett) Posted on 06 Nov 2011 10:22 PM

I was an 18 year old English migrant on the Ellinis which departed Southampton on 31 October 1968 arriving in Sydney 4 December.
Mary rice Posted on 05 Dec 2011 8:16 PM
My husband daughter and I sailed on the Ellinis in March 1972 as 10pound poms and settled 80kms from Sydney. I've often wondered about the passengers we met on board and did they settle etc
Sue Bugler [Levy] Posted on 15 Feb 2012 11:29 AM
I also was a ten pound Pom, sailing to Australia in 1970. There were four of us in the cabin and in 2010, three of us had a reunion in Sydney - on the Harbour. The fourth cabin member lives in Canada and we hope to catch up when she comes out in the next couple of years.
les harrison Posted on 01 Apr 2012 5:26 PM
sailed southampton to melb nov 1968 10 pound pom.remember it being very windy cape town en route.lots of water not much land,put me off cruising for a long time!
Anne Mason Posted on 07 Apr 2012 11:04 AM
My husband, baby daughter and I sailed from Southampton to Sydney in 1971. I will never forget the voyage. After leaving Capetown we hit the most dreadful storm and rough seas. It was really exciting but many people were sea sick and no one was allowed on the decks for nearly a week. I loved the voyage and met many lovely people all with different reasons for being on the ship. A Very interesting and great time in my life.
Rob Priest Posted on 14 Apr 2012 6:43 PM
Family sailed to Oz November 1973 via Cape Town. Mum and Dad now passed away but Brother and I still here in Far North Queensland. fond memories of our voyage on the Ellinis and still have daily news letters and menus that Mum kept.
Phil Morgan Posted on 29 May 2012 3:49 AM
I was 3 years old in 1971 when I sailed on the Ellinis, emigrating with my parents, brother and sister from Southampton to Australia.
Lorraine Wynne Posted on 08 Jun 2012 12:38 AM
My parents, sister and myself sailed on the Ellinis in1971 and can relate to Anne Masons story of the frightening storm after leaving Capetown,when we arrived at Fremantle a large part of the hull was damaged and migrants lost luggage etc, i will never forget one stormy night at dinner when we had to hold onto a bar under the dining table to stop from sliding away on our chairs! One passenger was very unlucky and he flew off in his chair across the chair across th dining hall when the rudders were shaking violently and his lung was punctured ..Before the storm it was a very beautifull journey and i still have the sepia paper book i wrote about the voyage age 13.
Gary seaman Posted on 24 Jun 2012 3:52 PM
My family and I sailed on the Ellinis from southampton to Sydney 1969. I remember the trip six weeks at sea. Very enjoyable I was nine years old and a ten pound Pom. Now live in maleny qld.
John derek savage Posted on 06 Jul 2012 7:36 PM
I sailed to Australia on the Ellinis July 31st 1965 under the "Big Brother Movement" back in the UK now but often wondered what became of the others in the party.
Andrew Antoniou Posted on 16 Jul 2012 11:40 AM
I travelled to San Francisco from Sydney in Feb 1974 on the Ellinis. If anyone else did the same and have any photos can they share them? Thanks,
Javier Ballester Posted on 21 Jul 2012 4:13 AM
My family and I sailed from Southampton to Fremantle in 1969 when I was 5 years old. I have some fantastic footage of the trip on super 8. I have very fond memories of my childhood in Australia where I lived for 11 years. I now live in Mallorca, Spain.
robert wilson Posted on 06 Oct 2012 9:43 AM
sailed on ellinis jan 74 to oz. came back on britannis round aboout oct 74. best years of my life
robert wilson Posted on 06 Oct 2012 9:49 AM
is there a facebook page or anything similar for these great liners and the people who had the privelige to sail on them?
Savva Thomaidis Posted on 10 Oct 2012 9:33 PM
I travelled on the Ellinis as a young 23 year old from Piraeus to Melbourne arriving on 28 aug 1964,I have lived in Melbourne for 48 years .I remember the journey from Western Australia to Melbourne being very rough , I was in the ship for 20 days
Faye Inskip Posted on 16 Oct 2012 12:46 PM
Hi Andrew, I also sailed on Ellinis in 1974. I did the Circle the Pacific voyage which departed from Sydney on Feb 4th. My many photos of the cruise have faded somewhat over the years but not so my happy memories.
Louise Morris Posted on 16 Oct 2012 8:12 PM
I sailed to Australia at the age of 9 aboard the Ellinis. We first docked at Fremantle in March 1973. One of my strongest memories is of having to eat in a separate dining room from my parents & the dreadful food. Every child on the ship had food poisoning my own bout occurred during the night before we disembarked in Sydney. I was so ill & weak that my Dad had to carry me off the ship so my memories of arriving in our new country is mainly of the view of the ceiling of the customs hall. Does anyone else remember that voyage?
roger males Posted on 20 Oct 2012 12:14 AM
departed 4/1/68 ellinis southampton.1st 3 days very rough.arrived melbourne 02/02/68.would love to hear from anyone on that cruise.
Frits Hengst Posted on 04 Nov 2012 2:23 AM
We, the whole family, saild back to Holland at the end of 1970. I was 11 years old. A trip to always remember.
JACQUELINE MILTON Posted on 06 Nov 2012 4:18 AM
left Southampton on 5th November 1970, stopped at Fremantle on 29th November and arrived at Port Melbourne on 3rd December, having passed through Las Palmas and Capetown.
Anthony lee Posted on 14 Dec 2012 3:59 PM
Hi roger males...I too was on that voyage, settled in perth. Got vey seasick after leaving uk. Better by las palmas though..I was 13 at the time. Great memories
Jane Pugh Posted on 26 Jan 2013 9:36 AM
Left Southampton Dec 2 1965 and arrived Jan 1 1966 aboard the Ellinis. I remembered being separated from my parents at eating times. We were lucky, our cabin was above water level, a positive especially when going through rough seas like the Great Australian Bight...very rough. I remember being the last ship down the Suez Canal before it was closed and seeing the British troops in Aden.
Karen Hamilton Posted on 12 Feb 2013 9:37 PM
Sailed from Australia to Southampton on this lovely ship in about 1973 my Dad told me it was supposed to be her last voyage but I see above that she was actually scrapped in 1986. It's sad that we don't make these sort of voyages now - planes are quick, but not nearly so nice.
Linda Mardle Posted on 18 Feb 2013 7:10 PM
I was 12 when My family left Southampton in December '72 arriving to settle in New-Zealand end of January '73. Have lots of lovely memories of the Ellinis and still have postcards and boarding passes.
mary breen Posted on 02 Mar 2013 7:07 AM
John and I sailed as 10 pound poms on the ELLINIS in August 1973. IT was the trip of a lifetime
John Cheney Posted on 19 Mar 2013 1:24 PM
November 1971 - December 1971 Southampton to Melbourne, 4 weeks of great fun for me as a 10 year old but my 13 year old brother had a much worse time of it being in hospital with asthma for most of the Cape Town to Fremantle leg.
Richard Martin Posted on 23 Mar 2013 6:18 PM
November 1971 - December 1971: I was a full-fare paying passenger. I sailed from Rotterdam via Bremerhaven, Southampton, Las Palmas, Capetown, Fremantle, Adelaide, Melbourne to Sydney. I had a Lanai Cabin on the Main Deck and the bathroom was equipped with a proper bath. Good weather was experienced throughout the voyage. I recall that late afternoon, every day, the ship’s garbage was dumped from the stern. Overall it was agood experience and a grat way to travel
Zenon Zolek Posted on 04 Apr 2013 7:38 PM
My family left Southampton Oct 1972 bound for Australia, via Las Palmas and Capetown. What a great trip, my mum and dad thought this would be our last vacation for a while as it would be hard work setting up in OZ, so we had a great time, until we left Cape Town, the seas we so rough all the way to Fremantle, but a great adventure
Joy Coey Posted on 07 Apr 2013 6:39 PM
My family sailed from Southampton on 6/1/71 arriving 6/2/71 in Sydney then took the 'overnight express' train (a rattler) to Brisbane arriving 7/2/71. I was only 10 but from what I remember it was a fabulous trip.
Wilma Schrotenboer - Hoekman Posted on 09 Apr 2013 9:46 PM
We, my father, mother and 5 children, left Sydney in, I think, late May 1964 to return 6 weeks later to Rotterdam. My parents and eldest brother had left Holland in December 1955 for Sydney.
Karen Bungard Posted on 14 Apr 2013 11:18 AM
My family and I travelled on this ship from Sydney to Southampton in 1968 through the Panama Canal I was 7 years old and remember the trip well, the listing, the whale and my brother falling into the water at Fiji looking at the tropical fish. We spent christmas and new year onboard
David Beswick Posted on 22 Apr 2013 2:45 AM
Self,wife and two children sailed as fare paying passengers on Ellinis in September 1965 from Auckland to Southampton via Tahiti,Panama and Curacao.Lovely voyage with good weather all the way. Still have the passenger list and a few menus and many photographs. Happy days indeed.
Robert Evans Posted on 07 Jun 2013 1:45 PM
Our family sailed March 1973 from Southampton to Sydney. My brother was quite sick and lost a lot of weight, we struggled with the food and eating separately from our parents. I remember our ship coming to the aid of an injured sailor on another boat. The trip was quite an adventure for a 11 year old.
Warren Maxwell Posted on 21 Jun 2013 1:57 AM
My mother and I saied from Wellington to Southampton via Tahiti, Pamama, Curaçao, and Cherborg to Southampton on the Elinis in 1968. I was 14 years old. Became British Ice Dance Champion and Olympian and World silver medallist. I now live on Dallas, Texas. The voyage was one of wonder for me... Loved the shipboard life, and was amazed at foreign countries, (NZ) not very sophisticated in those days. Met some really cool people ... Mostly Poms who had emigrated to Australia but decided to return home. Got hideously sunburned day 2-3, sunstroke. I remember loving the food the first week as I had never had any kind of continental meals, (meat and two veg at our NZ home) but quickly became disenchanted as they kept bringing the same fare out day-after-day for 35 days. Geat memories ... The real start of my life occurred on that tub.
Chris Weller Posted on 27 Jun 2013 8:36 PM
My wife Irena and I sailed on Ellinis from Southampton to Sydney as newly wed migrants March 1973. I remember the trip very well I was told drink plenty of grog and you wont get seasick (doesn't work). I too remember the injured sailor bad burns I believe, we hit a whale in the Indian Ocean and got thrown out of bed, the ship was damaged and the baggage room and forward hold was partially flooded. It was a very interesting trip. The food, well by today's standard was not all that good looked much the same after about a week but at the price of the trip you can't complain. Had a few really good parties below decks with some of the crew and met a lot of good people. Wonder where they are now, wonder how many actually stayed.
Shaun Needham Posted on 01 Jul 2013 9:50 AM
I came out with my family on the Ellinis arriving in March of 1973 at the age of 11 -- I must admit I cannot remember much of the journey out here we departed the ship in Sydney and was housed at Fairy Meadows before moving to Warners Bay and I haved lived in the area ever since. Have always wondered if any others had moved up this way
John Faux Posted on 05 Jul 2013 2:27 AM
I too was on the Southbound Voyage from Southampton to Sydney. We left around Feb 27 1973, I was 22 years old. I do remember she ship having to turn around to pick up an injured worker on another ship-- but not hitting the whale??!! The crossing of the Bay of Biscayne was awful--i was sea sick for 2 or 3 days! I now live in Central Mexico..via the USA. Wanderlust i guess :)
Barry Smith Posted on 17 Jul 2013 9:32 PM
We left Southampton on the Ellenis for Sydney on the 14th May 1970 arriving on my 21st brthday 14th June, the trip was wonderful but rough across the Indian Ocean. I remember many evening after dinner sat on the stern lower open deck one minute looking up at towering walls of water and the next looking down at the water. We went to the Endeavour Hostel in Coodge and stayed for around three and a half years, returning was a mistake but I never look back and now live in Spain, I am going back to Australia for a holiday in November for 2 months, the third trip in 7 years....for me the country is paradise on earth.
Jane Sutherland Posted on 21 Jul 2013 3:12 PM
I sailed on the SS Ellinis in mid-July, 1970. We left Southampton for NYC. I was going home after being a nanny in Belgium for a year. It was a wonderful and very memorable experience since I found God on that trip! My cabin-mate and friend shared their spiritual truth with me that trip...43 years ago tonight. Hope they are well!
Katy Posted on 09 Aug 2013 3:18 PM
I am really excited to find these maps as I, too, spent time on the Ellinis. I was 4 years old in 1964 when my parents, siblings and I migrated from England as 10 pound Poms. This was the best money my parents ever spent, and we have all enjoyed nearly 50 years of life in Australia.
Roger Perkins Posted on 15 Aug 2013 6:22 PM
We sailed to New Zealand on the Ellinis in 1967 and again in 1970 and have photos of that trip if anyone is interested. We sailed back to the UK in early 1968 on the Australis hitting a hurricane force storm in the North Atlantic.
Paul Robinson Posted on 12 Sep 2013 11:13 PM
Sailed on Ellinis 4/1/68 Southampton to Sydney. Ten pound poms. Parents and three brothers. I was only 11 years old but have very clear and very happy memories of voyage. Really good to see postings from others who experienced the voyage.
Joy Hunt Posted on 28 Sep 2013 9:31 PM
My husband and 2 daughters and my self sailed
Southampton Auckland Oct 72 and have been in Auckland since It was a good experience, I remember the rough weather when we left Cape Town.
Angela Hunt Posted on 16 Oct 2013 11:23 AM
I sailed on the Ellinis October 21st 1973 from Southampton to Sydney, emmigrating to Australia. It was a great voyage, rough across the Indian Ocean, making the dining room empty most days - no-one to talk to! What an adventure it was, seeing all those countries.
Angela Hunt Posted on 16 Oct 2013 11:27 AM
Arrived in Sydney November 25th and sailed into the harbor just as the sun was going down – what a beautiful site!
Gerard Rodrigues Posted on 27 Oct 2013 12:00 AM
I had my 12th birthday on board Ellinis 17 March 1970 arriving with my brother and parents in Melbourne 9 April and lived happily in Melbourne ever since. Have always wondered where all the other people on this voyage are now and whether there are any photos. Sadly we have none.
Nick Leaning Posted on 23 Nov 2013 10:36 AM
Angela Hunt my family were on that same trip arriving in Fremantle Nov 1973. I remember the rough passage across the Indian Ocean - furniture that wasn't tied down sliding across the rooms.

Gerard Rodrigues I also had my 12th birthday on board Ellinis (Nov 1973) - the captain arranged a birthday cake decorated like a soccer pitch. :-D

Great memories.
Sheila Wilson Waddoup Posted on 04 Dec 2013 7:43 AM
I was 13 when my family sailed on the Ellinis on the 14th April 1966, I hated the Bay of Biskey I was very sick and it took many years to go on another ship. I loved the ship and being on a ship for a month was great
Ian Laughlin-Young Posted on 14 Dec 2013 5:12 PM
Along with my wife Sue of 12 months we departed Sydney on Ellinis 15 Dec 1971 for a six month working holiday in UK. We lived at East Finchley for 12 months before moving to Bromley in Kent until our departure on the Australis 20 Nov 1973. It became a long six months. Sue worked at Canberra House and I worked firstly at K Shoes Oxford Street before being employed by Clarkson Holidays at Moorgate. What a wonderful experience - one we have never forgotten. The voyage in both directions I enjoyed - not so much Sue who was and still is subject to seasickness although we continue to sail the seven seas having been on many voyages and cruises since. What wonderful people we have met on our voyages and still keep in contact with a family we met on Australis how very unlikely to happen through air travel.
Julie Allan Posted on 11 Jan 2014 10:50 PM
we sailed from Southampton to sydney arriving june 1970 i was 7my brother 5 my nanna and mum & dad .we have some photos still. i have wonderfull memories of our trip king neptune's visit to name one.
Heather Hargreaves (graham) Posted on 12 Jan 2014 7:02 AM
I work on the ellinis out of Sydney, going to Tahiti, noumea etc.
My friend worked in the office in king st Sydney and got me the job. Frances leddy.
Frances Leddy Posted on 25 Jan 2014 12:00 PM
Worked in the Sydney office with Karen Delaune and crew. Great times. Went on quite a few cruises and travel agent educationals. Great company to work for! Many great memories!
Nevil & Niki Whitlock Posted on 28 Jan 2014 4:37 PM
We sailed from Southampton on the Ellinis on March 28th 1965 --bound for Melbourne and having been married two days earlier in Colchester , Essex and often wondered about others we met on board . Amongst the very few non-migrants on board , we had the luxury of one of the few suites on board and eventually migrated to the Central Coast of NSW in 1979 --where we still are . Many , many happy memories and would love to hear from any fellow travellers ( especially a dentist from Lincolnshire ) . Now retired we have taken up cruising once more but the Ellinis will always be held close to our hearts .
Hugh Nettleton Posted on 30 Jan 2014 8:58 PM
My wife, myself and two young daughters sailed from a very cold Southampton on the 14th April 1966. Late snow had caused the boat train from Victoria to be delayed so our departure was also delayed. Wonderful trip out, the chef could turn out some great steaks, but that was about the end of his repertoire. First ship allowed to let passengers ashore in Aden after rioting and got the last boat back to the ship. Arrived in Auckland 18th May after a great trip out - loved the whole voyage.
Dinah Kyd Posted on 05 Feb 2014 11:22 PM
I sailed on the Ellinis leaving Southampton in February 1966 and arriving into Fremantle in March. I was 8 years old at the time. My mother had already flown to Australia previously and sent me by ship with a lady she had met that was making the journey to see her parents in Perth. My memories were not good, I was very ill and from memory the food was dreadful. It was a rough crossing and the ship veered off course many miles.
I have lived in South Australia ever since, married with 3 grown up girls. Would love to hear from any travellers who may have crossed at the same time.
Willem van Opstal Posted on 17 Feb 2014 4:36 PM
Is there anyone who sailed on the Ellinis, departing Rotterdam just before Christmas 1972 ? Wonderful trip:great food,glorious singing, memorable entertainment. Very hard to say goodbye to all the friends made on this long journey to the great unknown.
Andrew Parker Posted on 25 Feb 2014 2:57 PM
I came out on the Ellenis in 1972 or 1973 - I'm not sure. I had just got married and we had a wonderful time oin that old, battered ship. The food and company were great and I once won "brain of the ship" and received a zippo lighter which smoked as much as the funnels! A couple of days before we arrived in Sydney, the we received the news that the Greek Junta had been overthrown and the monarchy was back. Boy, did we all celebrate! Greay days but all of the old girls of thre Chandris fleet are long gone. May their souls rest in peace because they made a lot of people happy and safe.
Dennis jones Posted on 01 Mar 2014 6:26 PM
I went to Southampton in 1969 and had Xmas and new year on board.
I shared a four berth cabin with three other guysOne was a chap called Ben barrs but I. Can't think to the other two
The trip was great but we did run into some bad weather after Bermuda and we're not allowed out on deck as the waves cashed along the promenade deck. But web got to Southampton safely
I am still working at 67 but am looking forward to retiring t the end of the year
Love to catch up with anyone who was on the same trip
margaret McNicholas Posted on 18 Mar 2014 6:17 PM
we sailed on the Elliniss from Southampton to Fremantle WA in Oct 1969 I remember we had to go to school on the boat (I was going on 9) and I remember there was a fancy dress competition. I can still smell the dining room lol we had to eat separate from our parents, anyone else remember?
Kathleen Fisher Posted on 29 Mar 2014 1:25 PM
My daughter is just doing an assignment on Migration so she interviewed me and we started talking about the Ellinis (Jan-Feb 1971)ending out at Springvale Enterprise Hostel. My main memories just like you, Margaret are going to school on the ship (I was 10), learning about Australian coins, and having to go to what I thought of as the babies' dinnertimes. (suspect parents enjoyed some peace with my older siblings). We had one of those massive suites, we had no idea why as we were poor and ten pound poms! Dad's friend who was wealthy was disgusted with his own small cabin when he saw ours! Very interesting memories!
Janette Dillon Posted on 31 Mar 2014 6:10 AM
My parents emigrated to Sydney on the Ellinis - and later returned to the UK on her with my sister and I. Am not sure of dates but have lots of photos! Very clear memories of the fancy dress competition and also crossing the equator - the ceremony with Neptune.
Glynn GREENWOOD Posted on 05 Apr 2014 1:36 PM
Wonderful to read the comments and experiences of others who had sailed on the Ellinis. My parents, brother and sister and I sailed on 5/11/1970 from Southampton to Melbourne as ten pound poms also. We stopped for a day at Las Palmos, Cape Town and Freemantle before disembarking in Melbourne. I was fifteen at the time and have vivid memories of the trip. What a wonderful experience. I recall leaving England early in the morning and standing on the deck with my Dad (sadly now deceased) saying goodbye to England for the last time. I recall also the rough weather on leaving Cape Town and the wonderful experience of arriving in Australia in December. What a great time and a lovely experience - much better than flying!!!
denise riley nee whittaker Posted on 22 Apr 2014 7:17 PM
Left southampton on this ship with my family sailing to australia 5 november 1970 we are still here in australia
Jonathan Brough Aylen Posted on 19 May 2014 3:30 AM
Isailed on the ellinis in late sixties saw
quite a bit of Australia decided to come home
but loved working in Australia still keep in
touch with perth friends
janetsmith Posted on 20 May 2014 8:39 PM
I was a 12 year old girl when my Parents, Brothers,Sisters & I Travelled from Southampton, U.K. to live in Perth, Western Australia on 17/3/1967 on the ELLINIS we arrived in FREMANTLE DOCKS on 12/4/1967.... lived in Western Australia ever since......
Peter Chadwick Posted on 06 Jun 2014 11:30 PM
I was a ten pound pom and 11 at the time in Nov 1971, I was with my parents and two sisters. We stayed with the ship until Adelaide, where we lived for 3 years before returning to the UK. Great memories.
Tony Coburn Posted on 30 Jun 2014 12:04 AM
January 1969, Southampton to Sydney. I was 13 years old at the time. Had earlier travelled on the Australis and Ellinis was sadly, not a patch on her.
caroline obona Posted on 10 Jul 2014 7:25 PM
I remember sailing on the Ellinis august 1971 and I was 12 yrs old with my mum and dad and 3 sisters I remember the storm and just loved the trip and we went to school on the ship loved it
rod baker Posted on 23 Jul 2014 4:08 PM
i sailed on the ellinis as an aussie going to europe and doing the backpacker thing. don't remember when we left sydney but we arrived in southampton on june 1, 1972
as a 20yr old male travelling alone, i was able to meet many people from around the world, and stil remember much of the journey..nz, tahiti, panama canal, new york , southampton
DON BUCKETT Posted on 31 Jul 2014 12:40 AM
i sailed on the RHMS ELLINIS leaving SYDNEY for southampton in october 1972 and arriving in southampton on the 21 december1972,i had a wonderful 3years living in AUSTRALIA. met a lot of nice people, MIKE&BERNIE WINTERS,WINIFRED ATTWELL,JULIE ROGERS, ANDY STEWART,BRUCE FORSYTHE,just to name s few.on arriving in NEW YORK, sitting at the same dinning table was MR DAVID BOWIE,WHO AT THE TIME I THINK WAS AFRAID OF FLYING what a wonderful trip as a fare paying passenger.
henry ewer Posted on 21 Aug 2014 9:55 PM
i emigrated to australia arrived in melbourne september 1971.Had a great trip felt sad when the ship was scrapped.
Carol Footner Posted on 02 Sep 2014 10:08 PM
Hi Dinah Kyd I was on the same voyage as you and was 9 and settled in Port Augusta and Adelaide. I remember the crossing of the Bay being very rough. I have films of being on the ship and the crossing of the Equator.
LINDA FRANCIS(CAMPBELL) Posted on 23 Sep 2014 3:50 AM
henry ewer Posted on 04 Oct 2014 1:41 AM
hi Nick Leaning if you check out naa.au incoming passenger lists ellinis 1973 your family are listed on page 24 of the digital copy ie brother sister and parents
Hippo Posted on 26 Oct 2014 12:56 PM
Sailed from New Zealand to Rotterdam with my family, Feb/March '71. Too young to remember :(
wayne pritchard Posted on 26 Oct 2014 11:37 PM
Is possible to get Peter Chadwick e mail address, he posted comment 6/6/14, my family sailed on Ellinis Nov 1971 to Adelaide, my parents would like to get in touch again
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John Wheatley Posted on 28 Oct 2014 4:58 PM
My family came out to Australia on the Ellinis, arriving in April 1969. I was massively sea sick in the Bay of Biscay. Apparently, my family would have come years earlier except my father had been to Oz before, serving in the RAAF & couldn't qualify as 10 pond Pom.
Rosemary (Marshall) Clements Posted on 01 Nov 2014 10:24 PM
I left Southampton in August 1971 arriving Sydney on about the 19th September. I shared a cabin with four other girls, we were all travelling alone. We had a great time. Met lots of people on the trip including my husband. Every weekend there were parties with these people somewhere in Sydney. Have kept in touch with some and have visited each other even though we live in different states now.
Dennis Jones Posted on 12 Nov 2014 8:29 PM
I sailed from Sydney to Southampton in Dec 1969 arriving at Southampton early Jan 1970
Had Xmas and new year on board. Just wondering if anybody else was on the same journey I shared a cabin B150 with a Dutchman called ben Barrs and two other guys which I have forgotten their names.
Steven Shann Posted on 26 Nov 2014 12:38 AM
jean and Dave Shann 10 pound Poms docked in Freo 25/11/1968 8.30 pm 46 years ago to night and have never looked back i thank them very much for taking a big risk would love to hear from anybody ,from that cruise i was almost 6 and my sister 18 months old.
Dawn KIng Posted on 06 Dec 2014 10:13 PM
I was 8 years old and my mum, dad and 2 brothers 6 and 4 came over in October 1968 and arrives Melbourne on 28th or 29th November. We were on Upper Deck and we still have photos on board ship. I can remember Cape Town beign really windy and I remember our steward was called Addish.
Mike McAuliffe Posted on 11 Dec 2014 2:59 AM
Hello Jane Pugh we were on the same migration trip to Oz with you. Obviously never met but how good to come across a fellow traveller
Edith Morris Posted on 14 Dec 2014 3:19 PM
Sailed from Fremantle in Western Australia to Auckland, New Zealand on the Ellinis in February 1972 with my husband and my 4 year old daughter. We were originally booked in a cabin with a port hole near the waterline, But were double booked and so were moved to an upper deck into a large cabin with 4 beds and lounge chairs and toilet facilities. It was a rough trip but the food was great and I really enjoyed it. We returned to Australia in 1980.
Jill Tilson Posted on 01 Jan 2015 4:34 PM
Sailed from Southampton February 1973 with my late Husband Gerard (Gerry) and Daughter Elaine. Last of the ten pound poms! It was so difficult to manage an 18 month old on this ship as it didn't have a creche!
Lance Aggett Posted on 20 Jan 2015 4:41 PM
Myself and my wife emigrated on the Ellinis leaving Southampton at the end of August 1970 arriving into Sydney around the end of Southampton. Often wondered about the people on that voyage we met up with. Kept in touch with two lads we met. Also ran into the Master at Arms his name was Chris, he was working in Sydney in Real Estate sales for Landcom in Sydney. He sold us our block of land. I remember the soups and the piano player in the restaurant who played everynight Never on a Sunday.
Lesley Drynan ( nee Owen ) Posted on 25 Jan 2015 12:13 PM
Myself, mum & dad (reg & Marj) two brothers and a sister all left Southhampton for Australia Early 1971. Ports were Rotterdam, Canary Islands and Capetown, Freemantle and Adelaide. We ended up in Brisbane. This was our second long trip by sea my first trip was in 1961 abourd the Fairsea, Qld to Southampton. Mum and dad first emigrated to Australia as newly weds in 1952. Got homesick and returned to England, took them 10yrs to get assisted passage back to Aussie. Love cruising to this day.
Petra Mitbrodt (now Neumann) Posted on 09 Feb 2015 3:05 AM
Nice to read these comments. I travelled on the Ellinis on December 1969 from Melbourne to Bremerhaven returnning to Germany as a 16 year old with my parents. It was quite a stormy turn, but had lots of fun.Returned to Australia in May 1970. Married in 1974 and then returned again to Germany. where I now am living. Dennis Jones, I just read your comment. Could it be that we met on this ship? Were you a plumber or builder at that time. I even think that we had a photo taken together?
Peter O'Malley Posted on 19 Feb 2015 7:41 PM
Dinah Kyd and Carol Footner, I was on the Ellenis departing Southampton in February 1966, had my 11th birthday on board. We went to live in Auckland, New Zealand but now live in Melbourne, Australia. Fond memories of the voyage and still have photos.
ellen de jong and will Kalma Posted on 22 Feb 2015 1:31 PM
We travelled on the Ellinis in 1974 from rotterdam to melbourne where we arrived on Jan 1 1975.
Harvey Wells Posted on 26 Feb 2015 12:18 AM
I remember sailing on the Lurline aka Ellinis from San Francisco to Hawaii in the late 1930s. I have fond memories of that trip and have often wondered what ever happened to that ship.
Wendy Richens Posted on 28 Mar 2015 2:06 PM
Left Southhampton 28th Feb 1973, actually didn't leave port until early hours of 1 March, arrived Fremantle 28 March had my 11th birthday in Melbourne on the 1 April. Settled in Brisbane until July 78 moved to Melbourne. I had a ball, as did my brothers, my sister was sea sick for a few days. Mum's nose was broken during a storm, the bunk ladder fell on her. Our family was broken up, Dad had to stay in a room of other males.. I remember the ship picking up the injured sailor, the flying fish.. the classes we did to learn about Australia and dining separately to our parents.
ellin izbicki Posted on 03 Apr 2015 1:09 PM
I was born on the Ellinis on the 23rd of july 1966. The ships master was John Ikiadis, staff captain was H.Polemis, chief purser was C.Comninos and the surgeon was J.Kalliakmanis. They all witnesses on my birth certificate
Shirley Myles Posted on 06 Apr 2015 9:33 PM
we sailed on the Ellinis from a freezing Southampton on 4 January 1970 and arrived in Wellington (NZ) early February. I remember so well our stops in Cape Town Melbourne and Sydney. how we loved our day trips and getting off the boat for a day!! it was a great experience, I was 14 at the time, and no way could we have travelled the world and seen those places otherwise. I think Ellin Izbicki has won the prize for the most original post on here tho!!!
Peter Wright Posted on 11 Apr 2015 7:40 PM
Flew to Melbourne in July '73 as a ten pound pom and returned on the Ellinis in November '73 arriving in Southampton on new years day '74.After spending the worst five months of my life in Australia the ship seemed like heaven!!!!
caroline oboa Posted on 12 Apr 2015 12:30 PM
I sailed from Southampton with my mum and dad and 3 sibblings on the ellinis on the 22nd august 1971 my parents names were Ron and marian eyles
Bill Ellerton Posted on 24 Apr 2015 9:39 PM
I sailed from Southampton on the Ellinis on the 14th April 1966 arriving in Melbourne on the 12th May 1966.
I came to Australia with my parents. I was 13 and the eldest of 4 children. What an adventure it was - I had never been very far beyond Manchester. Travelling to London and Southampton and then through exotic places to the other side of the world.
Reading through some of the posts here there were two others who were on the same sailing, Sheila Wilson Waddoup and Hugh Nettleton. I would love to be able to get in touch.
Jane Pugh Posted on 25 Apr 2015 7:10 PM
Hello MIKE MCAULIFFE, wow, somebody from the same voyage! We ended up in East Hills Camp after arriving in Sydney. Not there for long thank goodness. Still living in Sydney but have been home a few times. Are you still in Australia?
Harry Tillotson Posted on 26 Apr 2015 7:51 PM
I remember this voyage/adventure well (as a 14 year old)if anyone remembers me I helped out in the sweet shop during the trip. I remember the party we had on deck when we crossed the equator. Seeing the cayman in the panama canal when the Chinese kitchen worker threw the waste overboard. Lots of flying fish, and of course the listing which was quite frightening to some passengers (I loved it)
Marnie Muir Posted on 12 May 2015 12:23 PM
Hi, I travelled on the Ellinis in 1970 from Southampton to Port Melbourne my name is Marnie and my maiden name was Clark, when I was 5years old and travelling with my little sister Gillian who was 3 years old. Our mum was Eliza Clark and may have been known on board as Betty or Liz. We would all have had very strong Scottish accents. I am wondering if anyone remembers us and also I have decided to become naturalised after 45 years. Have contacted NAA and as there are no records preceding 30 years I would like to obtain a passenger list for our trip. I dont have many memories except being violently seasick and the ship listing like a seesaw during one of the "childrens dinners". Hope someone out there can help.
Tony Clark Posted on 23 May 2015 6:00 PM
I sailed the Ellinis from Auckland NZ late October 1964 to Southampton arriving UK 3 December 1964. Returned to NZ 2003.
ROD HEPBURN Posted on 08 Jun 2015 1:47 PM
Arrived in Freemantle February 1969 on the Ellinis as a 10 pound pom. Then on to Port Melbourne and finally Sydney. Still here and would love to here from anyone who has travelled the same trip all those years ago.
john bowman Posted on 09 Jun 2015 5:19 AM
dennis jones and petra i was on that trip in dec 69 was the best time ever would love to do it again.fondest memory was docking in tahiti.remember andre and the athenians featuring stelios the resident band.
Vicky Methven (Wood) Posted on 22 Jun 2015 8:30 PM
My family arrived on the Ellinis in December 1965 in Melbourne. They are wanting to celebrate their 50 yrs here this year but one issue. They are unsure of the date of arrival. It was either the 29th December or 30th December. If anyone is able to help it would be much appreciated. I have tried searching a number of areas to no avail.
Ian Laughlin-Young Posted on 25 Jun 2015 11:43 PM
After putting my post on in 2013 just want to let you know - Sue has now overcome her seasickness - we have done 25 cruises/voyages
in the last five years but on every voyage we still re-count the four weeks we spent on the Ellinis in 1971 and as young couple then what an experience we had being aboard her. Wonderful time many memories - great ship and it was for many Aussie's a cheap way to get out and experience the world. I give thanks to Chandris Lines - Ellinis/Australis and their sister ships
for allowing us to discover the world.
Just a proud aussie saying get out and see
as much of it as you can.
Chris Gratton Posted on 03 Jul 2015 7:06 PM
To Vicky Methven (Wood): Posted 22nd June 2015, 8.30pm

Hello Vicky, I travelled on the same boat. They used to dock in the ports at night because it was cheaper. We were due to arrive in Sydney on 1st January, 1966. The official records show that we arrived on 1st January but in actual fact we were 1 day late arriving in Sydney on 2nd January, 1966. I was 13 years old when we did the voyage.
Anne-Marie Sizer Posted on 15 Jul 2015 2:00 AM
My family travelled to the UK on the Ellinis in October 1964, Sydney to Southampton. I was 9 at the time, my brother 5 and my sister 3. A great adventure for such young kids! We were supposed to be coming just for a holiday, but we are still in the UK over fifty years later! Anyone else on the same sailing?
Vic Northcott Posted on 18 Jul 2015 11:23 PM
I sailed on the Ellinis on 2nd Dec 1966 from Southampton with mum dad 2 sisters. I was 13 at the time . Had a great time except for the Bay of Biscayne very sick.for some reason we sailed to Holland first (anyone know why)then to Pireaus ,Post Said ,Aden ,Fremantle, was it Adelaide or Melbourne next then Sydney.2Dec 1966. We Xmas dinner coming through the Australian Bight great watching the tables & chairs sliding all over the place.The fancy dress dances were fun, and the crossing the line ceremony.My dad played the part of the Dr got some photos somewhere.We ended up at Bradfield Hostel near Lindfield . Still live in Australia Blue Mountains .
Gordon Skelly Posted on 23 Jul 2015 12:41 AM
Still have memories and photos from my voyage to NZ on the Ellinis. Southbound number 27 left Southampton on January 8th 1969. Met a wonderful crowd on board and had great times. Called at Las Palmas, Capetown, Freemantle, Melbourneans Sydney on way to Wellington. I have a menu of the last dinner before reaching Australia with a log of each day on the back.
Kim Carter Posted on 26 Jul 2015 5:32 PM
Mum Dad my 2 older siblings & I sailed on the Ellinis in Aug 1965 disembarking at Fremantle. I was 5yrs old I do remember seeing how far I could stretch my legs out through the railings and the huge walloping I received from my mum. Dad starred in the crossing the line ceremony. Mum was seasick for the 6 wks, us kids had the best time. Our crossing went via the Suez Canal.
BRENDA LOWER Posted on 02 Aug 2015 6:28 PM
1 Noted one other person came on ELLINIS in 1968 arrived Melbourne in nov 1968,my mum was sick just about all the time,i was sick one week.we came out to my sister.mum dad myself.Most of family came later.Still friends with one lady I came with .We left from Southampton,we were from sussex.uk.We had to get train with rest of migrants to ADELAIDE.Still living in ADELAIDE.

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