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Bookmark - P&O Line, House Flag, circa 1950s Document Reg. No: HT 1540

Promotional bookmark for the P&O Line, 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.
Cardboard bookmark with red string attached. Features colour image of the blue, red, white and yellow house flag on blue background with seagulls. Reverse of bookmark has history of flag.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Margaret Wood, 2003
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 6.20 cm (Width), 12.80 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: immigration, shipping, station pier, women s work, immigrant shipping, immigrant voyages
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: Travel - Shipboard Life
Tertiary Classification: souvenirs
Text, reverse: P. & O. FLAG./IN the Portuguese Insurrection of 1832, Wilcox and Anderson, London/shipowners, rendered valuable services to Queen Maria, providing ships and/ammunition and helping to raise a loan in England, all at considerable financial/and personal risk to the partners./Similarly, in the Carlist Insurrection in Spain the two gave active/support to the cause of Isabella, the Queen Regent. Both by Portugal and/Spain these services were rewarded with valuable trading facilities, and the/flag of the partners - later the P. & O. - commemorates this early history, the/blue and white being the national colours of Portugal quartered with the red/and yellow of Spain.
Manufactured For: P & O Line, London, England, Great Britain, circa 1950s
User: Mrs Margaret Wood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1950s

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