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Newsclipping - The Age, 'Greek Migrants Rush Bride Ship', 27 Jan 1958 Document Reg. No: HT 1284

Newsclipping from the Age 27 January 1958 with an article about the arrival of the 'Castel Felice' in Melbourne. The article describes how the ship was carrying 800 women, mostly Greek, many who were proxy brides, and tells of the chaos when delays provoked the huge crowds waiting men to storm the ship. It is part of a collection of migration material collected by Margaret Wood an officer in the Department of Immigration from 1951-1960. There is a short handwritten note at the bottom of the article which suggests Margaret was there when this occurred.

Margaret first worked in the Department of Alien Assimilation which focused on migrants post arrival, before moving to the Assisted Division which handled the reception of assisted European migrants arriving in Melbourne. Her final position was working for the General Assisted Passage Scheme, assisting migrants from the US, Scandinavia and Switzerland who came individually on general ships as opposed to migrant ships. She recalls her time with the Department with great pleasure. She was a young single woman and had just finished an Arts degree at Melbourne University. When she applied to the Public Service, she was placed with the Department of Immigration, as she spoke German. She left when she married in 1961 as per the policy at that time.
Article cut from newspaper, with four columns of text printed in black. The article includes an image of men climbing through the port hole of the ship. There is a handwritten note in blue ink at the bottom of the article with the source details.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Margaret Wood, 2003
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 16.20 cm (Width), 23.30 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: immigration, shipping, station pier, women s work, immigration policies, government departments, government policies, immigration selection, immigrant shipping, arranged marriages, proxy brides, greek immigration, murder cases perth
Themes this item is part of: Margaret Wood, Department of Immigration Officer (1951-1961), Transport Collection, Margaret Wood Immigration & Shipping Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Processing - Arrival
Tertiary Classification: media coverage
Inscriptions: Text: Greek Migrants/Rush "Bride Ship".
Publisher: The Age (Newspaper), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 27 Jan 1958
User: Mrs Margaret Wood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 27 Jan 1958
Ship Depicted: ., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 27 Jan 1958

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