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Postcard - SS Orcades, Orient Line, circa 1950s Image Reg. No: HT 1493

Onboard postcard made available to passengers for correspondence on the SS Orcades, circa 1950s. 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.
Postcard featuring sepia image of S.S. Orcades at sea.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Margaret Wood, 2003
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 13.90 cm (Width), 8.90 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: immigration, shipping, station pier, women s work, immigrant shipping, immigration policies, ship memorabilia, shipping lines
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: Travel - Shipboard Life
Tertiary Classification: souvenirs
Inscriptions: Text, front: ORIENT LINE S.S. ORCADES, 28,000 TONS.
Text, reverse: POSTCARD/On board the/ORIENT LINE/S.S. ORCADES/For Address Only.
Format: Postcard: Black & White
Manufactured For: Orient Line, London, England, Great Britain, circa 1950s
Place & Date Used: Orient Steam Navigation Company Limited (Orient Line), circa 1950s
User: Mrs Margaret Wood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1950s
  1. [Web Site] 2005. MV Infosheet - Post World War II Migrant Ships: Orcades., MV Resource Pages

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