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Baggage label - Greek Australian Line, RHMS Patris, circa 1959 Document Reg. No: HT 1392

Baggage label from the ship RHMS Patris, of the Greek Australian Line, used circa 1959. 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 often 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.
White round paper baggage label. Features aqua blue inner circle surrounded by dark blue flags and company name.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Margaret Wood, 2003
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 11.50 cm (Width)

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Tagged with: immigration, shipping, station pier, women s work, immigrant shipping, immigrant voyages, brittanis
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 - Planning & Departure
Tertiary Classification: luggage handling
Manufactured For: Chandris Line Ltd, Haymarket, London, England, Great Britain, circa 1959
Place & Date Used: RHMS Patris, Chandris Line Ltd (Greek Australian Line), circa 1959
User: Mrs Margaret Wood, Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1959


Janine Lusher Posted on 11 Sep 2011 6:02 PM
I have all the daily news and activity sheets from the Patris, I travelled from Singapore to Melbourne in 1973 with my family and kept a bit of memorabilia.

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