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Ashtray - Orient Line, SS Otranto, circa 1953 Object Reg. No: HT 5377

Metal and glass ashtray, made for the Orient Line, for use on the SS Otranto circa 1953. 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.
Metal ashtray with gold coloured base and glass insert, inscribed with the Orient Line logo and S.S. Otranto. There are two metal cigarette rests, one on either side of the ashtray rim.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Margaret Wood, 2003
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 3.2 cm (Height), 12.2 cm (Width), 10.2 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: immigration, shipping, station pier, women s work, immigrant shipping, immigrant voyages, smoking accessories
Themes this item is part of: 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: 'S.S. "Otranto" '
Manufactured For: Orient Line, London, England, Great Britain, circa 1953
User: Mrs Margaret Wood, Victoria, Australia, circa 1953
Ship Depicted: Orient Steam Navigation Company Limited (Orient Line), circa 1953

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