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Lifebuoy - Arcadia, P&O, 1978 Object Reg. No: HT 1583

Miniature souvenir lifebuoy given to passengers on the P&O Line ship Arcadia in 1978. It is part of a collection of shipboard memorabilia collected by Margaret Wood an officer in the Department of Immigration from 1951-1960. It was collected during Margaret's own leisure travelling.

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.
Red and white plastic miniature lifebuoy.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Margaret Wood, 2003
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 10 mm (Height), 190 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: immigration, shipping lines, women s work, immigrant shipping, shipping, travel tourism, station pier, ship memorabilia
Themes this item is part of: Margaret Wood Immigration & Shipping Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: WATER TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Shipping Lines
Tertiary Classification: souvenirs
Inscriptions: Text: ARCADIA/P&O/1978/LONDON.
Manufactured For: P & O Line, London, England, Great Britain, 1978
Place & Date Used: Arcadia, 1978
User: Mrs Margaret Wood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1978

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