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Menu - SS Oronsay, Orient Line, Dinner, 27 Jun 1956 Document Reg. No: HT 1548

Dinner menu from the ship SS Oronsay on the Orient Line. The Menu was used on the 27 June 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.
White card menu with a colour illustration of Queen Elizabeth I on front and biography on the back. It is part of a Queens of England series manufactured for the Orient Line.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Margaret Wood, 2003
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 14.00 cm (Width), 20.30 cm (Length)

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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, Orient Steam Navigation Company Limited (Orient Line), 1879-1909
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Travel - Shipboard Life
Tertiary Classification: menus
Inscriptions: Text, reverse: Queens of England/This is the second of a series of six Menu Cards giving sketches of those/few Queens of England who succeeded to the Throne in their own right./ELIZABETH I, of the House of Tudor, 1558-1603.
Issued By: Orient Steam Navigation Co (Orient Line), London, England, Great Britain, 1956
Place & Date Used: Orient Steam Navigation Company Limited (Orient Line), 27 Jun 1956
User: Mrs Margaret Wood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1956


Robert Mills Posted on 10 Apr 2014 7:17 PM
I was a commi waiter 1st class on this trip,I had some very happy times on Oronsay a beautiful Lady

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