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Envelope - Orient Line, Baggage Labels, circa 1950s Document Reg. No: HT 1565

Envelope with instructions regarding labels and their use for organising luggage into categories. 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.
Brown paper envelope printed in red ink.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Margaret Wood, 2003
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 15.30 cm (Width), 23.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: immigration, shipping, station pier, women s work, immigrant voyages, immigrant shipping, shipping lines, shipping industry
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: Processing - Planning & Departure
Tertiary Classification: luggage handling
Inscriptions: Text: IMPORTANT NOTE RE BAGGAGE LABELS/Different labels are provided for CABIN, WANTED-ON-VOYAGE (Baggage Room) and/NOT-WANTED (Hold) packages; also INITIAL labels./Cabin labels need to be completed to show the name of ship and destination as well as the passenger's name and berth number./Initial labels need no writing on them./In respect of the WANTED-ON-VOYAGE and NOT-WANTED packages, there are specially/printed and distinctively coloured labels for each port on the Orient Line route. These need/to have the name of ship and passenger's name written on them.
Manufactured For: Orient Steam Navigation Co (Orient Line), London, England, Great Britain, circa 1950s
User: Mrs Margaret Wood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1950s

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