Bags - Sanitary Pad, circa 1950s Object Reg. No: HT 1382

Two Brown paper bags for sanitary pads printed German, English and French, they were found tucked into Skaugen Shipping Line Menu. They are part of a collection of shipboard souvenirs collected by Margaret Wood an officer in the Department of Immigration from 1951-1960. As part of her role Margaret met migrant ships arriving at Station Pier in Melbourne and she often received gifts from ship staff.

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.
Two brown paper bags, with text printed in blue in German, English and French and cross hospital symbol.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Margaret Wood, 2003
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 36.5 cm (Height), 15 cm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: immigration, immigrant voyages, women s work, immigrant shipping, shipping, government departments, government policies, station pier, hygienic products
Themes this item is part of: Margaret Wood, Department of Immigration Officer (1951-1961), Margaret Wood Immigration & Shipping Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Travel - Shipboard Life
Tertiary Classification: grooming & hygiene
Inscriptions: Bag for Sanitary Pads. Please do not throw in WC, will be taken out by chamber maid
User: Mrs Margaret Wood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1950s

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