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Booklet - 'Hotel Del Portal, Yosemite', California, U.S.A., 1911 Document Reg. No: HT 24372

'Hotel Del Portal, Yosemite' is a booklet issued in 1911 by the Hotel Del Portal, the 'Gateway' to Yosemite National Park in California, U.S.A. The booklet provides travel information about Yosemite National Park as well as information about the hotel itself, advertised as 'A place of Quite Beauty for Rest Seekers, Nature Lovers and Sportsmen'.

This is one of about eighty travel brochures, maps, railway timetables, postcards and guidebooks collected by Miss Olive Oliver during her round-the-world tour of the United States of America, Britain and Europe in 1911. Olive was a wealthy 32 year old woman from Melbourne and she travelled with her father, William Oliver, her brother, William Donald ('Don'), and her friend, Gretta Nicolls. Olive was born in Armadale, Melbourne in 1879 and died there in 1961. She did not marry or have any children.

During the year long round-the-world tour, Olive travelled to many places in the USA, stayed for a period in London, motored through Wales and Scotland, and visited many of Europe's major cities. Many of the objects that Olive collected relate to USA destinations such as Honolulu, Seattle, Yosemite National Park, Monterey, California, Niagara Falls, and New York, while others relate to British towns and cities including Edinburgh and London. Olive and her companions travelled by train, motor car and ship, including the Royal Mail Line S.S. Makura, the Cunard Line RMS Lusitania (later famously torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat on in 1915 during World War One), and the Orient Line S.S. Osterley.

During this era the world was opening up to the independent or 'New Woman', with many women being granted new economic and legal rights. There were unheralded opportunities for travel and recreation, as well as work, particularly for middle- and upper-class women. Many of the travel brochures, guidebooks and postcards that Olive collected were clearly aiming at attracting women tourists and feature prominent illustrations of women at play.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Lois Comeadow, 2009
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: souvenirs, recreation, hotels, leisure, travel tourism, holidays, national parks
Themes this item is part of: Olive Oliver's World Tour - United States of America 1911, Olive Oliver Collection, Oliver Family, World Travellers, Leisure Collection
Primary Classification: RECREATION & TOURISM
Secondary Classification: Travel
Tertiary Classification: tourist information
Publisher: Hotel Del Portal, Yosemite, California, United States of America, 1911
User: Miss Olive Oliver, Yosemite, California, United States of America, 20 Apr 1911 - 27 Apr 1911

Olive stayed at this hotel 20-21 April then returned on 26-27 April. Date established from Olive Oliver 1911 diary HT 24987.
References: State Library of Victoria,;Search_Arg=pc002112&Search_Code=FT*&CNT=15, accessed 16/07/09
Southern Pacific Historical and Technical Society,, accessed 16/07/09
Australian National Maritime Museum,;c=139#1909, accessed 16/07/09
Family News and Research Data, Oliver Society, Issue No. 21, 2005, p.14
Emails from the donor.

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