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Digital Photograph - View of the White Star Liner MV 'Georgic' & Passengers, Station Pier, Port Melbourne, 1949 Image Reg. No: MM 110853

Black and white photograph showing a view of MV 'Georgic', the ship the Atkinson family arrived on as British migrants to Australia. According to the family it was 'the first all-British migrant ship. The 'MV 'Georgic' left Liverpool in Britain on 11th January 1949 and arrived at Station Pier in Port Melbourne, Australia on 12th February 1949.

A motor-ship, the 'Georgic' was the last liner built for the White Star shipping line. She was constructed by Harland and Wolff Ltd in Belfast, Northern Ireland in the early 1930s. Her inaugural voyage was in June 1932 on the Liverpool to New York route. In 1934 Cunard merged with White Star, and the 'Georgic' was then based in London. In 1940, during World War Two, the 'Georgic' was refitted as a military personnel transport ship. The following year the ship was bombed and suffered great damage. After being rebuilt, the 'Georgic' continued to provide war service and repatriation work until 1948. She was then refitted once more as a one-class emigrant carrier for the Australian government. In 1955 the ship was de-commissioned.
Digital image file. A digital photograph was taken of the original black and white print.
Description Of Content:
Side view of a passenger liner, the 'Georgic' from the pier. Two men are walking in front of the photographer. Two levels of the ship are visible and crowds of people are looking out.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Mrs Joan Kimberley, 2006
Contributed by Mrs Joan Kimberley
Discipline: History

More information

Tagged with: immigration, ports, tweedale, pier 21 halifax, im trying to find my mother in laws name from the last voyage of mv georgic from southampton to nyc 1954. her name was jean towle., -1, immigrant voyages, i am trying to find details of my fathers arrival in melbourne on the georgic in 1949 or 1950 his name was john coyle he was irish born and 25 on his arrival here, trying to see if any of the coyle family are still living in sydney, alf and dorothy, plus yvonne and chris, trying to find info on passangers who sailed on the georgic from southampton on the 7th october 1949, patricia anstey nee willoughby searching for passenger list sailing from england on 7th october 1949 arriving sydney 13 piermont 11th november 1949., john mc clure, i was on the georgic boat from le havre to halifax leaving july 13, 1951 van leeuwen family, is my name on the georgic manifest july 1951 sandra van leeuwen, my father george reece was chief engineer on the georgic, my father was a cook on the georgic, my parents plus three of my siblings sailed to aus on the georgic, 1949.. they are the barnetts, and the ship was nearly stopped for them to be bought back to shore, 1949, whitehurst family of 5 arrived fremantle feb 1949 on the georgic, agius family, felix anna with son, my uncle was george reece, chief engineer on the mv georgic., i was 10 years old when i emigrated with my dad, his two brothers and my grandmother in october 1949 from southampton and arrived in port melbourne on november 7, 1949. we were twelve of the same family, petticrew was our name and we travelled on the overnight train from greenock to southampton
Themes this item is part of: Post World War II Immigration in Photographs, Migration Collection, Melbourne's Biggest Family Album Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Processing - Arrival
Tertiary Classification: disembarkation
People Depicted: unknown
Organisations Depicted: Station Pier; 'Georgic'; White Star Line; Port of Melbourne
Format: Digital Still Image: Black & White; Tiff
Place & Date Depicted: Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1949

Source of Date Depicted: Date the family arrived in Australia.
Photographer: Unknown
References: Ships That Passed, Scott Baty, Reed Books, Frenchs Forest, 1984, pp. 149-1950.


patricia anne sutcliffe nee burrell Posted on 13 Dec 2009 10:51 PM
how would i find the passenger list or imformation on rms georgic arriving at port melbourneFEBRUARY 1949 I was a passenger on the boat thankyou p a sutcliffe.
Discovery Centre Posted on 14 Dec 2009 4:19 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi, Patricia. Passenger lists for arrivals in Australia are kept by the National Archives of Australia. It is relatively easy to see such documents if you know the name of the ship and the date of its arrival in an Australian port. For further information contact the National Archives directly; their contact details are available at the following website: http://www.naa.gov.au/info/contact.aspx
andrew plumstead Posted on 09 Mar 2010 10:18 PM
i would like to receive a passenger list, as i was on this ship
Discovery Centre Posted on 11 Mar 2010 1:10 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Andrew - As noted above, passenger lists for arrivals in Australia are kept by the National Archives of Australia: www.naa.gov.au You can search for records online via the ‘RecordSearch’ function: http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/recordsearch/index.aspx For records not yet digitised you will need to contact the National Archives directly; their contact details are available at the following website: http://www.naa.gov.au/info/contact.aspx
Alan Plumstead Posted on 03 Apr 2010 11:41 PM
I would like to contact the Andrew Plumstead who posted a comment 09 march 2010. Can you arrange?
Mike Heywood Posted on 20 Dec 2010 2:28 PM
Another source for passenger lists are ocean liner memorabilia collectors. I have several passenger lists from the MV Georgic, but not for the passage in question. I came over to the USA on the Georgic in 1952. Then it was steaming from Southampton.
john kahlow Posted on 07 Apr 2011 8:21 PM
MV Georgic sailed from Liverpool to Mombasa Kenya in 1954, I forget the date.I was with 1st Batt The Rifle Brigade.
Gordon Warren Posted on 20 Apr 2011 8:34 AM
When MV Georgic was a troopship it was 'my transportation ' to the Middle East . I have a framed painting of the ship done by Walter Thomas, which will be posted for sale shortly.
Kathy Thomas Posted on 19 Oct 2011 11:05 AM
I am trying to trace my cousin who went to Sydney, Australia, on the SS Georgis sailing from Liverpool in Oct 1949. The info above relates to a sailing in Jan 1949. Does anyone know where I can get info about a possible Oct sailing?
Doreen Grant Posted on 20 Mar 2012 11:05 PM
My parents & brother were passengers on MV Georgic arriving in Port of Melb. Feb 1949. My brother & I were pictured onboard the ship by a "Sun" photographer & picture was in the next morning's paper. I was also pictured as a tot in a kilt with another lad dressed in his kilt. I would be most interested to find out who this lad was & also get a copy of the picture & article.
Thanking anyone who may be in a position to assist me.
Discovery Centre Posted on 21 Mar 2012 10:48 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Doreen, the State Library of Victoria holds microfilm of the Sun in its collection as do a number of other Australian state libraries if you are not in Victoria. If you are not able to get in to look at these you might try contacting the Herald Sun, which took over the Sun, to see if they can provide you with this from their archives.
frank mitchell Posted on 29 Jun 2012 2:12 AM
here is a website to google about m.v.georgic and other ships...there are other links you can get onto once on the main link...this link is mainly about polish immagrants on the ships comeing to england and all their names and where they were sent to in england..very informative..the link to goole is...http://www.polishresettlecampsintheuk.co.uk/passengerlist/georgic1948.htm...as I said once on this link it opens others...hope this is of a little help to people...good hunting...frank mitchell.
Discovery Centre Posted on 29 Jun 2012 3:53 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Frank, thanks for your comment and the great link ... we just noticed that the link is a little incorrect. We think the correcto one is www.polishresettlementcampsintheuk.co.uk/passengerlist/georgic1948.htm
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Colin Gatehouse Posted on 08 Mar 2013 6:18 PM
I was on the Georgic as a 15 year-old with my family when she left Liverpool on Oct 7th arriving in Melbourne November 7th. I would like to contact others who were on that voyage.
Nancy Fisher Posted on 11 May 2013 9:02 AM
I just found a picture post card of this vessel. The post card is old in appearance and has no date on it. Do you think someone would want this post card.? I found it in a box of very old family pictures.
Natalie Johansen Posted on 29 Jun 2013 11:12 PM
I am replying to the previous comment by Nancy Fisher regarding a post card of this vessel. I would be very interested. My father was onboard this ship in 1949 and I am trying to get hold o picture of it to frame...
Natalie Johansen Posted on 29 Jun 2013 11:13 PM
I would appreciate any information on obtaining a print or photograph of this ship in 1949.
bralen chatfield Posted on 09 Aug 2013 5:23 PM
I was on the mv georgic coming from either southhampton or Liverpool in august 1955 -is the passenger list available on your pages-for this time
Discovery Centre Posted on 10 Aug 2013 12:09 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Bralen, please refer to our responses posted on the 14 Dec 2009 & 11 Mar 2010 for information on passenger lists.
Susan Eggers Posted on 28 Aug 2013 12:10 PM
I sailed on the Georgic in between 1953-55 with my mom- I think we left from New York and sailed to Belfast - I have our boarding passes and pix with my mom and a new friend on the deck-love the memory of that ship
G Read Posted on 06 Oct 2013 3:25 AM
I was crew member on last voyage to Aus.
Then taking Aussie troops to Penang.
then to Saigon.To take the French troops
out late 1955?.
Judith Henderson Posted on 22 Oct 2013 5:51 AM
I came over to Canada in May 1952 with my Mom and Dad and my brother and sister. Have a few photos of a family that we were friends with on the trip across to Halifax.Would love to find out the names off passengers on that voyage
Bernard Carroll Posted on 25 Nov 2013 5:00 PM
I was also a passenger in its first voyage with the CARROLL family the largest family on the ship. Remember reading the paper as we left Pricess Dock in Liverpool, the headlines were, 'Tommy Hanley Dead'. We were on board when it docked at Melboure but stayed with her when it continued its journey to Sydney. Incidently my father John Carroll sailed on her during the war to India.
Dale Swinn Posted on 24 Dec 2013 6:02 AM
My mother and father came over from England to New York on this ship. I was in my moms tummy and she spent most of her time in the ships hospital. I have the ships manifest with both my Mom's and Dad's name on it so yes that information is available. If you go to the LDS Family Research Center those records can be found.
Steve Anstee Posted on 09 Jan 2014 2:40 PM
I emmigrated with my parents and younger brother Keith in 1955 from Southampton to Sydney I think around November of the same year. So I would like to speak to anyone that I or my parents would have met on the ship, I was only 10 years, so I don't remember a great deal except one family by the name of Coyle I do remember, and also knew for a few years later on in the Sydney suburb of Mona Vale in Seabeach Ave, so if anyway reads this and gets in touch would be great. I now live the Sydney suburb of Jannali.
Cheers and hope to hear from someone soon.
Steve Anstee Posted on 10 Jan 2014 9:14 AM
A slight alteration to my last comments.
I actually departed from "Tilbury" and arrived Fremantle 29.9.1955.
Alison Lane Posted on 21 Feb 2014 11:05 PM
My Grandfather was Senior 1st Officer aboard the Georgic in early February 1950 (we think) when she docked in Melbourne.
He was on the Bridge when he noticed that one of the foreward hawsers was loose around its bitt. As he arrived on the dock, the ship pulled the hawser off the bitt; the hawser caught my Grandfather's leg and pretty much took it off just under his knee.
There were a lot of people around and someone took photos of the commotion (very indistinct now). A nurse administered a huge injection of morphine within moments, and my Grandfather was transported to hospital minutes later. His leg was saved with a large silver plate replacing his shattered shin bone. He had to stay in Melbourne hospital for 6 months, before he was well enough to sail home. It took him a further 6 months to fully recover and return to work.
If anyone has any recollection of the incident, or has heard the story we'd love to learn more about it.
Thank you
Shirley Stevens [Marsh} Posted on 11 May 2014 7:14 PM
I was on the Georgic 1955 to Australia. Would love to hear from anyone on ship at same time. I now live in Adeaide.
Elizabeth Damen Posted on 12 May 2014 11:28 AM
My family was on the GEORGIC we left Southhampton on the 14 May 1955 arrived in
Melbourne in June .Would like to hear from others on the ship who travelled at that time .
William Duffy Posted on 10 Jun 2014 12:56 AM
This is directed at Judith Henderson. I also came over on the Georgic in May of '52 with my mother and brother. Did you have any success regarding passenger lists? Love to hear from you.
valerie shutler Posted on 13 Jul 2014 3:30 AM
My Mum, me and my brother all set sail on the Georgic in 1947 bound for Ceylon. It was Christmas time and we had presents a doll for me and a Dinky toy for my brother. I was 4 and my brother was 9, we thought we were so lucky.....and we were. We were going to join my Dad who was already out there working for the Government.
Nick Dowson Posted on 31 Jul 2014 3:47 PM
Arrived NYC from Southampton in Oct 1954 diverted from Halifax due to hurricane Hazel
Looking for pass list
Gordon Hill Posted on 24 Aug 2014 3:53 AM
Can anyone tell me where I could get a crew list for the Georgic please?
My father Gordon Hill was a chef onboard this ship.
Bill Wilson Posted on 12 Sep 2014 2:40 AM
My Relative left Liverpool for melbourne in january 1950.How long would the voyage have taken. Bill
Discovery Centre Posted on 18 Sep 2014 3:06 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Bill,
This would depend on various factors; the type of ship, weather, etc. If you could pinpoint the name of the ship they travelled on that would narrow the search down. An example of a typical voyage can be seen with the MV Georgic. It left Liverpool on January 11, 1949 and arrived in Melbourne on February 12, 1949. We hope this helps.
Jan purcell (nee Janet burgess) Posted on 30 Jan 2015 7:15 PM
I wonder what happen to Eric Frame met him on the ship the Georgic we were 14 years old, came on the ship in 1955 I think it was in may and June.
Ron Stokoe Posted on 27 Feb 2015 8:51 PM
I sailed on Troopship MV Georgic with my Regt: 2nd Battalion Royal Norfolk Regt: on 17th August 1947 from Bombay to Liverpool on Independence of India Day when we were waved off by Viceroy of India Louis Mountbatten and the newly formed Indian Government.
Mr Raymond Sorrell Posted on 03 Mar 2015 5:38 AM
I sailed on the Georgic 7th March 1947 (Friday) arriving Port Said 15th March 1947 I was in the Royal Engineers and we finished up in Palestine (Reign of the Stern gang) I would love to know the name of the Captain of the Georgic at that time anyone remember this trip?
Hazel Watts (nee Rowbottom) Posted on 23 Apr 2015 8:47 PM
Our family arrived in Melbourne about Jan 1950. I was only 5 so don't have a good memory of the voyage. I do remember there was a fancy dress party on the ship and I went as a pack of cards. My mother made it for me. My father was a returned soldier and so he was able to bring his family out to Australia for nothing. I now live in Queensland with my husband who also came out from England on the Georgic a year after me.
Tony Saville Posted on 23 Jun 2015 12:28 PM
Our family arrived in Melbourne on the Georgic on the 9th May 1949. Mon pregnant with twins. Vic my younger brother and me then 15. I have lots of photos on board and a photo of the ship prior to the reconstruction. Mow live in Victor Harbor S.A. Love to hear from others on that voyage.
barbara ann phillips Posted on 24 Jun 2015 3:23 AM
maybe we where on the the ship at the same time Tont but i am not sure about the month, but i at seven years old remember i won the fancy dress contest

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