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Menu - SS Southern Cross, Shaw Savill Line, Lunch, 15 May 1957 Document Reg. No: HT 2646 4

Menu for Lunch on 15 May 1957 on the SS Southern Cross. It was issued by the Shaw Savill Line. It is part of a collection of 175 items of post-war ship memorabilia collected by John McKay. John began collecting shipping brochures as a boy through an interest in travel and later used some of the material in his professional capacity as a Geography and Social Studies teacher. He finally made a voyage himself in 1957-1958, to England to attend a scouting jamboree, although he ended up staying for 18 months. He remembers lots of Australians going over at that time, and references to Earls Court as 'Kangaroo Alley'. This menu was collected by John on his voyage to England.

The S. S. Southern Cross, was in service from 1955-1972 making four world voyages each year from Southampton to Australia. Up to 1160 tourist class passengers could be accommodated on the ship.
Flat single-sided leaflet on matt paper. Black text and black and white illustration on white paper. Text in English
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr John McKay, 2003
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 22.9 cm (Height), 15.3 cm (Width)

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Tagged with: shipping lines, shipping, travel tourism, menus, ship memorabilia, pamphlets
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: WATER TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Shipping Lines
Tertiary Classification: menus
Inscriptions: Cover title: "SHAW SAVILL LINE" "LUNCHEON"
Printer: Shaw, Savill & Albion Co. Ltd (Shaw, Savill & Albion Line), England, Great Britain, 1957
Place & Date Used: Shaw, Savill & Albion Line, 15 May 1957
User: Mr John McKay, Victoria, Australia, 15 May 1957


MICHAEL KEEP. REIGATE ENGLAND Posted on 09 Aug 2011 8:07 AM
I still have 2 Southern Cross 1955 maiden voyage menu's from when I served on her from march 55 to june 55 taking out the "£10 POMMES" I was 16 and the youngest crew member.
r.m.gabbe Posted on 23 Aug 2012 9:45 AM
I sailed on the cross for 4 voyages 56/7
chief steward ben brown purser v oliver captain Sir David acheson,
I started in forward dining room,2 trip ast cinema lounge steward,3&4 cinema lounge steward, was agreat ship/aussie
Brian Kirk Posted on 16 Dec 2013 10:22 PM
Hi Michael, I too was on the maiden voyage of the Southeren Cross, as a passenger.I remember a very rough crossing in the atlantic on our first port of call Trinidad. I remember going down to breakfast (there were only about 8 people for breakfast that morning) 2nd day out and ordering fried eggs ,black pudding and bacon. The poor dining room steward was suffering and I'm sure, serving this breaky nearly finished him off. By the way a 15in vertical fracture had appeared in the top of the superstructure of the ship. It was in an alleyway going beamends from port to starboard. It was patched up later with duct tape ( obviously temporarily)You may also remember a notorious London underworld figure and his wife were on the ship and intended to live in Australia. Scotland Yard forewarned the authorities in Australia and he was'nt allowed to land in Sydney. I had a passenger list for that voyage and in later years loaned it to a friend of mine who never gave it back. I wonder if you ever recollected a Sunderland Flying boat that flew over the 'Cross' on the leg from Fiji to Wellington. I was on my way to New Zealand to join the RNZAF (there were 28 of us) and the C/O of the flying boat station in Fiji was giving us a 'send off'. I have great memories of that voyage. Hope yousee this comment.

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