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Photograph - Tall Palm Trees, Palmer Family Migrant Voyage, Kandy, Sri Lanka, 14 Mar 1947 Image Reg. No: MM 117694

Summary:
Black and white photograph titled 'Tall palm trees in the Botanical Gardens', it shows an avenue lined with tall palm trees, taken 14 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:
A narrow road or pathway lined with palm tress in the Botanical Gardens, Kandy, Sri Lanka. Two young girls, Lesley and Shirley Palmer, can be seen to the left of the road in the middle ground.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Libby Wattis, 2008
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 60 mm (Height), 85 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: gardens, 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 along the top of the album page: 'Colombo to Kandy [centre of page] 14th March 1947 [right of page]'
Handwritten in white ink beside the photograph: 'Small figures/ are Shirley and/ Lesley
Handwritten in white ink below the photograph: 'Tall palm trees in the/ Botanical Gardens'
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Kandy, Sri Lanka, 14 Mar 1947
Person Depicted: Miss Shirley Palmer, Kandy, Sri Lanka, 14 Mar 1947
Person Depicted: Miss Lesley Palmer, Kandy, Sri Lanka, 14 Mar 1947

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