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Soap - Orient Line, 1954 Object Reg. No: HT 23946

Disc-shaped cake or bar of soap issued by the Orient Lines in 1954. It was used by Geoffrey and Hazel Tirchett when they migrated to Australia on the Otranto as `10 Pound Tourists', departing England on 3 June 1954. Geoffrey already had three brothers in Australia, and upon arrival the couple lived with one of Geoffrey's brothers in Brunswick, until they bought their own home in Pascoe Vale. They fondly remember the journey, especially the food which seemed plentiful after rationing in England.

The term '10 Pound Pom' or '10 Pound Tourist' refers to British migrants who came to Australia following World War Two on an assisted passage scheme where each migrant paid 10 pounds a ticket. Migrants were required to remain in Australia for two years.
Apricot coloured round cake of soap in the form of a disc. Front face is impressed with a faint ship's anchor in the centre and three strands or rope around the perimeter.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Geoffrey Tirchett, 2009
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 20 mm (Height), 75 mm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: immigration, shipping lines, ten pound tourists, english immigration, shipping industry
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Transport Collection, Geoffrey & Hazel Tirchett, British Migrants, 1954, Orient Steam Navigation Company Limited (Orient Line), 1879-1909
Primary Classification: WATER TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Shipboard Life
Tertiary Classification: souvenirs
Inscriptions: Rear face impressed with the name 'ORIENT LINE' around the rim.
Issued By: Orient Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. (Orient Line), London, England, Great Britain, 1954
User: Mr Geoffrey Tirchett, 1954
User: Mrs Hazel Tirchett, 1954
Place & Date Used: Orient Steam Navigation Company Limited (Orient Line), 1954
References: Discovery Centre inquiry #50471

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