Streamer - Paper, White, circa 1950s Object Reg. No: HT 5352

Paper streamer, uncoiled. It is part of a collection of migration material collected by Margaret Wood an officer in the Department of Immigration from 1951-1960. Margaret recalls that these streamers were especially thrown by British migrants as they left England.

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.
A paper streamer, thin. Paper has yellowed with age. It is partially coiled, partially uncoiled.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Margaret Wood, 2003
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 0.7 cm (Height), 15.0 cm (Width), 8.0 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Partially unravelled.

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Tagged with: immigration, immigrant voyages, women s work, immigrant shipping, shipping, government departments, immigration policies, station pier, shipping industry
Themes this item is part of: Margaret Wood Immigration & Shipping Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Travel - Shipboard Life
Tertiary Classification: souvenirs
User: Mrs Margaret Wood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1950s

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