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Baggage Labels - Orient Line, circa 1950s Document Reg. No: HT 1432

Cabin Baggage labels from the Orient Line, circa 1950s. They are 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.
Large circular baggage labels. Bottom half circle in black, featuring Orient Line logo. Top half of circle split into red and white with letter featured in black on the white panel. Reverse of each label has adhesive.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Margaret Wood, 2003
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 12.00 cm (Width)

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Tagged with: immigration, shipping, station pier, women s work, immigrant shipping, immigrant voyages
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: R/ORIENT/LINE.
Manufactured For: Orient Steam Navigation Company Limited (Orient Line), London, England, Great Britain, circa 1950s
User: Mrs Margaret Wood, Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1950s


Cindy Johnson Posted on 17 Oct 2010 1:46 PM
Finally! Finally, I've found a Orient Line baggage label similar to what's on the old steamer trunk in our garage. The luggage labels -- worn but legible -- add pure character to this beat-up but cool trunk. The still vibrant label has a "Y" Orient Line (instead of "R") along with other stickers and, most fascinating, stenciled on the top: Lt. Robbie Yeatts along with a military number. This trunk's definitely been places...from Australia in the '50s...and then to resurface in the '90s in United States. Sadly, there is only one U.S. Customs inspection sticker for all its travels around the USA (Michigan to Texas and now Virginia) since we've had it; but it does have some striking luggage labels from Queensland, South Brisbane & Sydney. I got curious about the labels and found your museum site -- after we put the trunk in the garage sale today (no takers). Do you know what the letters (R and Y) for the Orient Line indicated?
Discovery Centre Posted on 20 Oct 2010 1:12 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Cindy. It's all about the name of the passenger! The answer is revealed in a narrative about another Orient Line luggage label in our collection. It seems lots of lines probably did this too. If you click on some of the images under 'Similar items' at right, you'll come up with many more examples.

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