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Photograph - 'On Board Ship', SS Bendigo, 1924 Image Reg. No: MM 92056

Summary:
Black and white photograph of Gladys Leichti, seated on a deckchair on board the SS Bendigo in 1924. The image was taken during her voyage as an assisted immigrant from England to Australia.
Description:
Black and white image with black border.
Statement Of Significance:
Gladys Leichti's objects and story represents the push to attract young British girls for domestic service in the 1920s and the role of philanthropic organizations such as the Salvation Army in meeting this demand. The story is also interesting for its cross-cultural marriage and the bringing together of two very different migrant stories from different periods in time.

Johannes Stegelman's story is a great example of more unorthodox migration. Jumping ship was a common way to start a new life in Australia, especially for sailors on merchant ships, and dates back to the 1850s gold rush with sailors jumping ship to head for the goldfields (John Simpson Kirkpatrick of 'Simpson and his donkey' fame arrived in Australia by jumping ship). Stegelman's objects all relate to his career in both the German Navy and the merchant navy including the hire document that brought him to Australia.
Description Of Content:
Gladys Leichti seated on a deckchair on board the 'SS Bendigo'. There is a port in the background. She wears a jumper and long skirt.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Margaret Steglman, 2006
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 6.90 cm (Width), 8.90 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: assisted immigration, immigrant voyages, immigrant shipping, immigration policies, english immigration, religions salvation army, ship memorabilia
Themes this item is part of: Gladys Muriel Leichti, English Migrant, 1924 & Johannes (Jack) Stegelman, German Migrant, 1911, Migration Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Travel - Shipboard Life
Tertiary Classification: recreation
Inscriptions: Text, reverse: on board ship/1924/D.O.B./13/1/1896/15/8/1995.
Format: Photograph: Black & White; 3 in. x 4½ in.
Person Depicted: Gladys Leichti, 1924
Place & Date Depicted: T.S.S. Bendigo, 1924

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