Coaster - Royal Insignia, circa 1950s Object Reg. No: HT 1385

Coaster from a migrant ship, used circa 1950s. It is 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.
Round card coaster, cream coloured and inscribed on one side with brown royal insignia below a crown.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Margaret Wood, 2003
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 10.80 cm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: immigration, advertising, immigrant voyages, women s work, immigrant shipping, shipping, station pier
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: souvenirs
Inscriptions: Printed: RL
Date Made: circa 1950s
User: Mrs Margaret Wood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1950s


Robert Smith Posted on 11 Jan 2015 11:24 PM
As my dad had a coathanger, which I now have, with this insignia on I was curious to know more about it. In so doing my research has turned up information to its possible origins, it seems that the Ocean liner Company was called Rotterdam Lloyd. This company amalgamated with others and is now part of the Ned-Lloyd Shipping Company today. I have found other relics online, as in a ashtray and a Button, although I have not acquired them as this was just to find out where this coat hanger come from and when.

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