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Menu - MV Fairsea, Sitmar Line, Lunch & Dinner, 20 Nov 1956 Document Reg. No: HT 1544

Lunch and Dinner Menu from the ship MV Fairsea on the Italian Sitmar Line. The Menu was used on the 20th November 1956. It is part of a collection of ship menus 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 if the ships arrived at mealtimes, she would be invited on board to join people for a meal.

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.
Italian Sitmar Line Mv Fairsea lunch and dinner menu. White card features illustration of Italian monuments in orange with lime green background. Both lunch and Dinner include a choice of soups, main meals, a dessert, fruit and tea and coffee.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Margaret Wood, 2003
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 15.80 cm (Width), 21.60 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: immigration, shipping, station pier, women s work, immigrant shipping, immigration policies, ship memorabilia, shipping lines, menus
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: menus
Inscriptions: Text: Sitmar/Societa Italiana Trasporti Marittimi Sp A Genova.
Manufactured For: Sitmar Line (Societa Italiana Transporti Marittimi S.p.A.), Genova, Italy, 1956
Place & Date Used: ., 20 Nov 1956
User: Mrs Margaret Wood, Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1956

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