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Steam Ship Model - RMS Osterley, Orient Line, 1909 Object Reg. No: ST 026372

RMS Osterley was a quadruple-expansion steam engine passenger vessel built by the London & Glasgow Shipbuilding Co. in 1909. It was operated by the Orient Steam Navigation Co. Ltd on the United Kingdom to Australia service. This ship made 59 return voyages and was broken up in 1930. During World War I the Osterley was used as a troopship by the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) as HMAT Osterley.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Orient Steam Navigation Co (Orient Line)
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 1170 mm (Height), 390 mm (Width), 3500 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: modelmaking, scale models, ship models, steamships, wars conflicts, ash, -1, world war i 1914-1918, my nan aileen mooney immigrated to australia in 1916 on this very ship, i have a great photo of the ss osterley
Themes this item is part of: Engineering Collection, Transport Collection, Orient Steam Navigation Company Limited (Orient Line), 1879-1909
Primary Classification: WATER TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Steam Power
Tertiary Classification: model screw steamers - passenger
Maker of Item Modelled: London & Glasgow Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, Great Britain, 1909
User of Item Modelled: Orient Steam Navigation Co (Orient Line), England, Great Britain, 1909-1930


Steve Bannister Posted on 29 Jan 2010 12:27 PM
Steam Ship Model - RMS Osterley, Reg, No: ST 026372

I was wondering if you could send me a picture of this ship as I can't find a picture on your website. I researching my family tree, I have found that my Great-Grandfather not only helped to build this ship, but also sailed on it. He was a shipwright in Glasgow and was then offered a position in Burma, where he relocated for a while with his family. The journey back to Glasgow was via Brisbane, which is how I found him on a passenger list.

As I now live in Prth, WA, I am unable to visit your museum so I thought I would ask if there was any way you could send me a picture of this ship along with as much information as you have on it.

Thank you very much for your help,

Yours sincerely,

Steve Bannister
Discovery Centre Posted on 30 Jan 2010 11:48 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hello Steve - we have referred your request to the relevant curator, and will be in touch when more information is available.
Discovery Centre Posted on 01 Feb 2010 11:11 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Steve, unfortunately the museum doesn't have any images of the Osterley in it's collection. We suggest that you try the Picture Australia website at Several institutions have images of the ship there and you can order them directly through the website. It's a good idea to do searches under 'RMS Osterley' 'SS Osterley' and simply 'Osterley' so that you come up with as many examples as possible. Good luck!
L. Short Posted on 12 Aug 2010 5:29 PM
Hi Steve I have an old photo of the RMS Osterley. If you haven't obtained a copy let me know and I can scan and send you a copy. I would appreciate some information on it as well. My grandfather travelled from NZ to Uk on it prob about 1917??
J.G Posted on 11 Nov 2010 2:45 AM
L. Short, my relative travelled one the Osterley in WW1. I would like to see a photo of it, if you are offering
DerekFB Posted on 14 Jan 2011 7:49 AM
If anyone is still looking for a photo I have a copy of an Orient Lines book for passengers from my aunt who sailed to Freemantle from England in 1924 - it contains a couple of pictures of the boat including one in wartime camouflage.
Warwick Horner Posted on 04 Apr 2011 3:14 PM
My grandparents came on the Osterley. L.Short can you send me a picture. My grandparents (coalminer family) came from Durham, and my son Joshua played the adult Billy Elliot in the stage show in Sydney, Melbourne and New York.
Andrea Falk Posted on 23 May 2011 11:06 PM
A relation of mine was also on the Osterley in 1923 according to the shipping records.
Philip Marsh Posted on 06 Jan 2012 11:39 PM
There is a picture of the Osterley here:
My grandfather was engineer on the ship in 1921.
Norm S Posted on 14 Feb 2012 11:06 PM
A photograph is here:
My father embarked on her in Australia foe the first world war in this ship on May 8 1918.
Alan H Posted on 24 Apr 2012 7:15 PM
My grandfather went to the first world war in Europe on the Osterley. He left Melbourne on 14.2.1917 and arrived in Plymoth on 11.4.1917. He served on the battlefield in France, was wounded in action and sent back to England to mend and recover.
Robert C Posted on 10 Feb 2013 11:37 PM
Norm S, my grandfather was also on the same ship 8th may 1918. Coincidence!
Dave G Posted on 04 Mar 2013 5:39 AM
Alan H, my great uncle was on the same sailing as your grandfather. He embarked in Sydney on 10.2.17. He died in Belgium in October 1914.
Dianne C. Posted on 15 Apr 2013 10:33 PM
My Grandmother Hilda Elliott and my mother aged 12 at the time sailed to Perth from Tilbury in May of 1925.
Anne K Posted on 08 May 2013 5:39 PM
My Grandmother and Father returned to Fremantle on Orient Line SS Osterley May 1924. Dad was 9years old and had the scars on two fingers from an encounter with a deck chair until he died Feb 2011.
Rachel Collier Posted on 30 May 2013 11:54 PM
I have a photograph of my grandfather bare fist boxing on the deck of the Osterley on his return from Australia 20 Oct 1929, would love to find his name on the passenger list -Van Hollingsworth
Lyn S Posted on 18 Jun 2013 6:21 AM
Dianne C--Interested to see your grandmother and mother were on this voyage. My grandfather and uncle (he was 15) also sauiled from London on the Osterley May 30 1925
Lyn S Posted on 18 Jun 2013 6:23 AM
PS. My grandfather's name was Norman Mostyn, and his son was Savile Mostyn.
shirey Posted on 19 Aug 2013 6:20 PM
Where can I find the passenger list for the rms Osterley that arrived in Adelaide 27th March 1927. Hope you can help. Thanks.
casey buddle Posted on 20 Aug 2013 11:35 AM
I am really enjoying reading these stories. I am a pre service teacher and am teaching our students about migration. I am very fortunate that my father has given me a copy of the ticket my great great grandfather purchased to sail from Tilbury to Melbourne on the 16/02/1912 for a price of 19 pounds it is very detailed and details their provisions of what food they would receive for the journey and times of meals. I would love to find out some more about this journey including the route and time it took to travel.
Wayne Douglas Posted on 12 Oct 2013 10:35 PM
My Grandfather, SPR George O'Brien embarked from Sydney 10 Feb 1917 to arrive in Plymouth on 11 Apr 1917. He was a member of the 10th Field Company, Engineers, AIF on the way to the war.
Steve Clancy Posted on 01 Nov 2013 9:06 AM
My great grandfather James lomas was captain of the 1st Great Britain touring rugby league side to Australia. The team travelled over on the Osterley in 1910. It took 6 weeks. An earlier post mentioned the actor in the touring company of Billy Elliot , touring Australia. Well, the actor who played Billy Elliot in the film was James lomas !!!!
Steve Clancy Posted on 01 Nov 2013 9:15 AM
Now that's a coincidence
Merryn Campbell Posted on 03 Jan 2014 10:27 AM
My Grandmother embarked at the port of London 26 June 1926. Her name was Charlotte Durant, she came with her husband V G Durant from Wales. I am trying to locate anything about them. They travelled 3rd class enroute to Melbourne. Came from Brynteg, Trealaw, Rhondda, South Wales.
Nigel Roberts Posted on 22 Jan 2014 12:01 AM
Free Lance, Volume XV, Issue 793, 10 September 1915, Page 5 The Osterley, now off the Australian coast, brings back a number of Sydney peop'e. Amongst the New Zealanders on board is Miss Minnie Tattley, of Auckland. A daughter of Mr. Tattley, mine manager, Epsom
david thompson Posted on 25 Mar 2014 8:51 PM
i have two ash trays from s.s.osterly.amazing to read the history of this ship.perhaps one of the relations actually used them.
Noni Brown Posted on 28 Mar 2014 9:09 AM
WALTER CLARENCE BENNETT a cousin of my mother embarked on 8 May 1918 on the HMAT Osterley from Sydney disembarking Liverpool 10 July 1918. He returned to Australia 14 Feb 1919 on HMAT A8 Argyllshire.
Neil R. Fleming Posted on 08 Apr 2014 3:44 PM
My uncle William J. Howe sailed on the Osterley to Fremantle in 1927. He lost touch with his family in Hemel Hempstead until 1941 When they received news he was a POW of the Japanese Army having enlisted in the 8th A.I.F tasked to garrison Singapore. He subsequently worked on the infamous Burma railway. He was returned to Australia after the war and eventually reunited with his family in the Uk.
Kylee Posted on 27 Apr 2014 8:55 PM
I have a photograph of my Grandfather's brother standing between two other gentlemen in front of two more gentlemen and a lady in deck chairs on the deck of the Osterly in 1929. His name was Jim Palmer and his handwriting is difficult to read but he's named three of the men with what looks like - Mr Prior, Mr Meise and Mr Enlsiran
Nick Varigos Posted on 04 Oct 2014 8:20 AM
I have great black and white photo of the Osterley if you need one. My Grandparents arrived in 1914 on her. from Africa to Perth
Wendy Lowdon Posted on 11 Nov 2014 12:58 AM
My grandfather sailed for Gallipoli as a trooper in the Light Horse aboard the Osterley in September 1915
Beverley Walker Posted on 09 Dec 2014 2:01 PM
Matron Eva Robinson was on board this ship travellilng down the EAst coast of Africa with a relief team of nurses. The transfered to ANZTS Tahiti on 11 August 1918 when they were quarantined in the waters outside Sierra Leone Nearly 1200 triaged flu victims Eva survived this ship plus five years service as an Australian highly qualified nursing sister. Nurse working for QAIMNS. I would like to know if any other Austrlian nurses were on board.
Beverley Walker Posted on 09 Dec 2014 2:04 PM
I have a photo of the relief team on board the Osterley.
Beverley O'Grady Posted on 05 Feb 2015 10:40 PM
To Casey Buddle My grandfather arrived in either Brisbane or Sydney on the Osterley on 23rd March 1912 so I would imagine that would have been the same voyage that your GG/GFather was on. I believe that my Grandfather got on in Port Said as crew. That means that the trip from Tilbury Docks took approximately 35 days to Sydney.
Vivien Kells Posted on 13 Feb 2015 9:13 AM
I have an autograph book which has several entries with RMS Osterley added beneath entries. One was a Mrs W>B> Andrew - Christchurch New Zealand. 02/11/1913 Interesting to see if a Phyllis Rashley was aboard at the same time.
Charlie Corner Posted on 15 Mar 2015 7:39 PM
I am a student doing a school project on a family tree and my great grandfather was on the Osterley from England to Fremantle. Does anyone know or can tell me how to find out the route it took to come here?
Kirstie Stewart Posted on 01 Apr 2015 12:48 PM
Dianne C. and Lyn S., my grandfather Robert MacPherson Stewart and his friend also travelled to Melbourne on the Osterley on the 30 May 1925. I would appreciate any further information you have as his story is pretty thin!
John Hallam Posted on 15 Apr 2015 10:39 PM
My grandfather Henry Moss Hallam was on the Osterley which departed London 15th Jan 1921 for Sydney Australia
dot Posted on 29 Apr 2015 5:59 PM
trying to find ancestor james brown imm to wa.8may 1830 servant Thomas parr @sails from eng. m mary hughes servant to pratt family she was on eagle jan 1830 both came w.a.
Discovery Centre Posted on 06 May 2015 10:23 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Dot,

The time period you are searching each state managed their own records. To find your family you will need to search the Public Records of Western Australia.
RayRob Posted on 19 Jun 2015 4:00 PM

From the Otago Daily Times 8 November 1913
in computer-generated print :
There are a large number of New Zealand-bound passengers on board tho Ostcrley, which sailed from Tilbury this morning. Those going to Wellington are: Mrs mid Miss Gear, Mr and Mrs E. L Holmwood, Miss A. Jackson, Mr and Mrs W. Light, Mrs Dickerson, Miss Dickerson! Messrs Drckeraon (2), Mr and Mrs F Lowenadler, Mr and Mra.H. Gaskin, Miss J. G. Lanronson, Mr B. Midlane, Miss D R. Russell, Mr G. Russell, Miss L. E. Shawi Mr A. T. J. Shaw. For Auckland: Mr-R 9?fe tttt f Dr ?5 d ,f lw A S Wohlmann and child, Miss Wohlmann, Miss M Ames Miss F. K. Bidwell, Mr 0. Clausnizcr, Mr and Mrs G. I. Ellis Mr and Mrs G. [ngram, Miss A. M'Nally, Mies M. Paterson, Mr and Mrs J. Raynes, Misses Raynes, Mr J. W. Symous, Mr C. Tudehope, Miss Rice. Lor uyttelton: Mr and Mrs E. T Harper, Gtptain B. Head, Mrs and Miss Biclterton Fisher, Mr and Mrs W B Andrews, Miss B. E. Bowdon, tho Misses j a s meron Mis 3 Firmstone, Mr and Mrs J. Freeman, Mrs Longson, Miss N. Knublcy, Urn M. F. Preston, tho Rev. '¦V ~l os 'l or' Mra Taylor, and family. For L>iirii-din and Bluff: Mr T. Somerville, Mr* i. Stevens Mr F.-Tobias, Mrs J. J. Mackiei Mr and Mrs J. Radcliffo and Miss Radcliffo, Mrs M. A. Ranken, Mr C. H. Ran. ken, tho Mfesee S. and J, Sticll. Mr li Groome has booked to Napier, and Mr A. Moore to Gisborne.

My interest lies in the DICKERSON surname of which there were four such-surnamed passengers aboard.
RayRob Posted on 19 Jun 2015 4:18 PM
In Reply to Vivien Kells' post 13 February 2015 :-

Mrs W.B.Andrew was well-known in her day .
She was also well-reported in the press :
Discovery Centre Posted on 19 Jun 2015 4:35 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi RayRob, check out the Public Records Office Victoria for details of the passenger lists both coming into Australia and then onto New Zealand.
RayRob Posted on 20 Jun 2015 7:36 AM
Thanks to Discovery Centre , Museum Victoria , for their search guidance, 19 Jun 2015.
I checked the suggested site without any luck.
I now wonder whether the RMS OSTERLEY sailing from Tilbury to NZ Sept. 26 1913 ,
went via Sydney ,rather than Melbourne , or could it have gone direct to NZ ?

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