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Menu - MS Aurelia, Cogedar Line, Cold Buffet, 18 Feb 1959 Document Reg. No: HT 1546

Cold Buffet Menu from the ship MS Aurelia on the Italian Cogedar Line (Compagnia Genovese D'Armamento Genova). The Menu was used on the 18th February 1959. 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.
White card menu features colour illustration of a ship at sea on cover. Back cover features blue and red flag with three white stars and central horse design.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Margaret Wood, 2003
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 14.60 cm (Width), 22.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: immigration, shipping, station pier, women s work, immigrant shipping, immigration policies, ship memorabilia, shipping lines, menus, eva kovacs
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, front: Menu/COGEDAR LINE-GENOVA/m/s Aurelia.
Manufactured For: Compagnia Genovese D'Armamento Genova, Genova, Italy, 1959
Place & Date Used: Cogedar Line, 18 Feb 1959
User: Mrs Margaret Wood, Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1959


Mauro Azzano Posted on 06 Apr 2012 2:51 PM
Good people:
I believe I was one of the young passengers on the Aurelia when Ms. Wood collected her menu.
As a three year old Italian boy, I still remember the sights and sounds of Melbourne before being sent on to Bonegilla.
This picture brings back many memories.
Trish. Cirillo Posted on 01 May 2012 11:05 PM
Omg Mauro.. My mum & dad & 4year old twin girls & 1 year old boy(being my older sisters n brother) also left Italy at that time & they all ended up in Bonegilla 2.!! Same time.!! My folks came from Rome.(Fondi) do u hav any other information for me??
Trish. Cirillo Posted on 01 May 2012 11:06 PM
My family arrived 1st may 1959..?
Donald Novak Posted on 27 Aug 2012 8:13 AM
At the end of May, 1967, I returned from a year of study in Lyon on the Aurelia (9 days, LeHavre-New York). Some 800 students from several nations, if I remember correctly, on a perfectly calm sea (although Israel and Egypt were at war...). At the time the staterooms were fitted with eight bunks each. Still, a most memorable and delightful experience all together. The cuisine was superb--really, not just student fare. The captain's dinner on the last night was capped with flaming baked Alaskas paraded into a darkened dining room. Total cost of the voyage: $156!
Jic Clubb Posted on 07 Sep 2012 9:31 AM
I also sailed as a student on the MS Aurelia. The exact dates escape me, but we left New york in June, 1964, and returned from Le Havre to New York in August of '64. I remember the capacity as 600 students and 100 professors, traveling under the auspices of the Council on Student Travel. The crew was Italian and there was a Scottish Bursar who had a very distinctive way of announcing meals. The food was exceptional, and was served à la Française - to each individual from a large dish. I learned so much about proper eating etiquette from the Italian waiter. I don't remember the cost, but it was under $400 for the round trip!
Konrad Janson Posted on 11 Dec 2012 3:20 AM
My Mother sailed on the Aurelia from Pyraeus to Sydney in 1958. She paid 200 Greek Drachmas and that was a lot of money, subsistence for a month. She was told of the facilities and great food. The reality was different. Squeezed into a cabin of 12 people, 1 toilet. Soup for lunch and dinner. Soup was generous a broth more accurate description. The Ships owners and crew were not supportive of the plight of the poor immigrants they carried.
Ralph Bremer Posted on 17 Feb 2013 11:22 AM
I came from Germany to Australia on her in October/November 1962 on the assisted Passage Scheme, as I was only 8 at the time my memory of the trip is somewhat fuzzy.
I do remember as we were a family of six kids we caused quite a stir,thanks for the fond memories Ralph.
Sylvia Kliska Posted on 15 Apr 2013 1:15 PM
We sailed on the Aurelia from Genoa back in 1957 arriving in Melbourne April 1958, longest journey of my then very young life, remember going through the Suez Canal, swimming pool on deck and many crammed laces. Lots of pasta and mortadella, powdered milk, and little fresh fruit. But adventurous one the less for a 11 yo . Flying fish, dolphins, crossing the equator etc. and of course the at times rough and choppy seas. I thought we would never get here (Melbourne) nice to see the research about her on Google, fond memories.
ANGEL ALONSO Posted on 30 Jun 2013 8:20 PM
Yes my family arrive to melbourne on the 14' of august 1962, with other families, and we were taken to BONEGILLA,and then to a different hostels.
Seymour Cohen Posted on 30 Jun 2013 11:04 PM
I just happened on this web site, and it brought back wonderful memories for me. I sailed as a student from New York to Le Havre in August 1966 on the Aurelia. It was wonderful to be with hundreds of young people from all over the world. The food, as others have said, was really first class, and the Italian staff and waiters were friendly and informal. As I recall, there were about 6 in a very small cabin, which we had to abandon during the day. The Aurelia showed movies, presented at least one lecture, and the passengers organized a "show" on the last evening. The bar was also great--it was there that I first heard of (and tasted) cappuccino! Overall, the Aurelia voyage stands out in my memory as the perfect start to a great year studying abroad.
Joe Cilia Posted on 22 Jul 2013 8:44 PM
Just found this site and brought a lot of memories. Sailed on the Aurelia from Malta on July 22 1963 as an 18 year old and landed in Melbourne August 15. Never been so cold in my life. Have fond memories of the voyage. Had a great time no complaints about the food and entertaiment. The passengers were mainly Germans, Dutch Italians Maltese and expats returning home.
Peter Schmidt Posted on 07 Dec 2013 10:02 PM
I arrived in Australia way back in April 1963.My mom was pregnant with my brother back then and from Bremerhaven to Freemantle she put up with her medical condition but once arriving in Freemantle We ended up catching an old Fokker Friendship to Melbourne and proceeded to Gippsland where my stepfather had work organised and after 2 days I turned 8..had my birthday and went to school not knowing a word of English...The crossing of the Equator was fun with the King Neptune Parties onboard..When we stopped in Port Said there was military action as we alighted from the ship and got a taxi into Cairo...Then it was off to ADEN..a British Protectorate...We had to go via an overloaded ferry in the gulf towards the mainland...walked around the place and here is an orphan selling wrigleys spearmint chewing gum made in Melbourne ..Wonder who n what he < robbed >... sorry acquired it .... .. lol
I remember that in the Bay of Biscay we took in a lot of water and the belongings of ours packed in those big wooden shipping crates were starting to go mouldy.. My mom was so heartbroken that some of her closest treasures were in disrepair but thanks god that after 28 days at sea has come to its finality by getting on the plane to Melbourne...THANK U FOR THE FOND MEMORIES and I hope I have shared enough of my memories to bring a smile to others .. THANK YOU ....BEST WISHES TO ALL ....
Enrico Valle Posted on 13 Dec 2013 4:36 AM
as student I worked as cabin boy on board of m/sAurelia during 1966;1967;1969 summers for student travels from Le Havre -Southempton-N.Y. and back I was the only student of the crue and I was working at the main bar as well as in the dancing room.
joe harrold Posted on 09 Jan 2014 4:18 PM
i have just found this site......looked at the pictures which brought back very fond memories
my family came to Australia as 10 pound POMS
we arrived on OZ in 1967....came thru the suez and couldn't stop because of the war and ran out of water in the mid indian ocean.
i also remember the food as it was the first time i tasted or smelt garlic.....lol.......there was lots of garlic
Penny Lury Posted on 21 Jan 2014 6:13 AM
Have been searching the web for mentions of MS Aurelia. I travelled as a student from Southampton to New York in September 1968 and back home July 1969. The Rolling Stones came to see the boat off as some of their friends in The Living Theatre were travelling with us. I was an exchange pupil from Saffron Walden going to spend a year at Westtown School, Pennsylvania. Very rough crossing for first few days (75% of passengers were seasick fortunately I was OK). I remember the crew advising us to eat dry bread, there were always great heaps of freshly baked bread rolls on the table at every meal although I think consumption of vast quantities of the famous Aurelia Cocktail helped to numb the senses! Perhaps Enrico Valle (see above) served us!
Edward Moran Posted on 26 Jan 2014 1:06 PM
I, too, was on that memorable voyage from Southampton to New York in Sept 1968, with the Living Theater doing "Paradise Now" for an "amateur night" unlike any other." I'd sailed from New York eastward on June 8, after stopping at St Patricks Cathedral to view Bobby Kennedy's remains. Then on to Paris for the tail end of the Left Bank riots, Prague for the invasion (escaping via East Berlin). Arrividerci, mia Aurelia..."&bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, but to be young was very heaven!"
Edward Moran Posted on 26 Jan 2014 1:06 PM
I, too, was on that memorable voyage from Southampton to New York in Sept 1968, with the Living Theater doing "Paradise Now" for an "amateur night" unlike any other. I'd sailed from New York eastward on June 8, after stopping at St Patricks Cathedral to view Bobby Kennedy's remains. Then on to Paris for the tail end of the Left Bank riots, Prague for the invasion (escaping via East Berlin). Arrividerci, mia Aurelia..."&bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, but to be young was very heaven!"
gertrude rohaczek Posted on 06 Feb 2014 7:08 PM
what a memorable voyage, my husband and I came from Austria vienna just got married ,in January 1958.left Salzburg in march 1958 seen a few places, docked in Melbourne pier got transferred to Bonegilla stopped there for 2 weeks ,my husband got a job in benella. after a while moved on to Melbourne . got pregnant with my first child. I stayed in Melbourne since then ,we are here for 56 years ,got naturalised . and called Australia home.
Maris Posted on 05 Apr 2014 4:15 PM
Joe Celia...... My parents Tony and Rose Camenzuli together with their 7 children was on the same voyage. I was only 6. We featured in the Australian papers as we were such a large family to migrate all together. In those days they usually sent the husband and eldest child to find a house and job. Later when funds were sufficient, they sent for the rest of the family. This is what my grandmother did.
Jon Parfitt Posted on 13 Apr 2014 6:41 AM
I sailed on the Aurelia in June or July 1964, New York to Southampton, with abot 200 fellow students etc, for 140 bucks one way. Great fun, good food, amazing sunsets, cheap beer. It stopped first in Le Havre, I think. A year later I took the Aurelia home from Southampton.
Ismo Peltoarvo Posted on 23 Jun 2014 5:49 PM
Me and my parents also arrived in Melbourne May 1 1959 (as Trish. Cirillo above). On the trip was a smaller Finnish group of people.
Richard R.Pisano,MD Posted on 01 Jul 2014 7:35 AM
I sailed in the summer of 1967 from New York to SouthHampton on the Aurelia on my way to Bologna,Italy for medical school.Ii think my friend Ralph Candela and I were the only Americans on board because everyone else was a European student returning home after studying in America What an experience! Never forgot it afterm all these years Turning point in life!
Gria Saltis Posted on 05 Nov 2014 2:42 PM
Does any one remember meeting a German girl on this boat by the name of Christa Beate Kulpok. She was processed on Queensland on 21st August 1962, then continued on to Victoria. If you do please contact me.
Paul Littlewood Posted on 13 Feb 2015 9:56 PM
Hi I arrived in Australia at pier 2 port Melbourne in April 1966 aboard the ship Aurelia, after a memorial cruise from Englands Southampton port ,via the Suez Canal, stopping at Port side,
Suez,Aden,Mauritius,& Fremantle, it was such an adventure for a 20yr old from damp old Manchester.Its 50yrs in 2016 that we arrived in Australia and I'm looking for anybody who was on the ship at the same time to contact me to arrange some reunion,hope to hear from you.
David Gilbert Posted on 14 May 2015 3:15 PM
I sailed from the UK home to Australia in July & August 1963 (Probably the same voyage that previous poster Joe Cilia was on). I was nearly ten and had been living overseas with my family since early 1961. The voyage was primarily for people emigrating to Australia on assisted passages. We were paying full fare but the conditions were fairly primitive for everyone compared to other ships at that time. It was a very small ship (approximately 10,000 tons) and very overcrowded. The food was awful and the weather atrocious much of the time. Many people spent most of the voyage sick in their cabins. But not me. I can recall mountainous seas in the Southern Ocean where I didn't see another passenger for days at a time and the crew were thin on the ground as well. Nevertheless I had a great time and visited many interesting ports on the way home. These included Genoa, Naples, Messina, Valetta, Port Said/Suez canal, Aden, Fremantle, Melbourne and finally Sydney. The best part, as with any voyage, were the friends made on board and the fragments of memories still fresh in the mind more than fifty years on.

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