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Photograph - Keeping Cool by Swimming Pool, Palmer Family Migrant Voyage, Arabian Sea, circa 11 Mar 1947 Image Reg. No: MM 117682

Summary:
Black and white photograph titled 'Keeping Cool by Swimming Pool', it shows four girls seated on a step, taken circa 11 March 1947. It is part of a leather-bound photo album created by George Palmer during his migrant voyage from England to Australia on the RMS Orion in 1947. George migrated to Australia with his wife Gertrude and their two daughters, Shirley and Lesley.

The photographs in the album record the Palmers' life in England, their voyage to Australia including ports, daily activities and shipboard views, and their arrival in Melbourne.
Description:
Black and white photograph printed on Kodak Velox photographic paper.
Photograph is positioned at the bottom right of the album page.
Statement Of Significance:
This collection provides an invaluable record of one family's migration experience, from the first seed of desire to leave England, to the securing of employment, application processes, packing, departure, journey and immediate arrival in Melbourne. The journal is particularly rich in terms of its detailed account of daily shipboard life, including the descriptions of cabins, decks, interior spaces, facilities, lighting, food, mail systems, weather, ports, and activities. While not the actual original document, it is an immediate copy, contemporary to its time and reflects the significance of this rite of passage for the thousands of migrants who arrived in Australia during the post-war period. The photo album provides an evocative complimentary visual record of the experience.
Description Of Content:
Four young girls with their feet in a swimming pool. There is another girl and two boys in the background.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Libby Wattis, 2008
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 60 mm (Height), 85 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: ships, immigrant voyages, immigrant shipping, travel, migration settlement, english immigration
Themes this item is part of: George Palmer, English Migrant, 1947, Images & Image Making Collection, Migration Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Travel - Shipboard Life
Tertiary Classification: albums
Inscriptions: Handwritten in white ink below the photograph: 'Keeping cool by swimming/ pool. Shirley, Lesley, and/ Shirley and Jennifer Godfrey'
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: ., Arabian Sea, circa 11 Mar 1947
Person Depicted: Miss Shirley Palmer, circa 11 Mar 1947
Person Depicted: Miss Lesley Palmer, circa 11 Mar 1947
Person Depicted: Miss Jennifer Godfrey, circa 11 Mar 1947
Person Depicted: Miss Shirley Godfrey, circa 11 Mar 1947

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