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Menu - SS Kamo Maru, NYK Line, Dinner, 3 Mar 1939 Document Reg. No: HT 6323

Dinner Menu for the N.Y.K Line ship SS 'Kamo Maru', on the Japan-Australia Service, for the 3 March 1939. It was collected by Hanns-Georg von Laue and his sister Marie-Charlotte during their voyage from England to Australia as migrants in 1939. The children of a German father and Jewish mother, both eventually left Europe for England after facing persecution. They obtained passage to Australia as refugees with the assistance of the Quakers in England. They departed on the Japanese ship SS 'Husimi Maru' in January 1939; then changed to the SS 'Kamo Maru' for the Australian leg.

Hanns-Georg first settled in South Australia, working on a sheep station. When war broke out he tried to join the Australian Army but was classified an enemy alien and remained under surveillance throughout the War. After the war he continued to work on remote stations, then moved to his own fruit block in Renmark where he married and raised a family. In the early 1950s, they moved to Melbourne where he established a bookbinding business. Marie-Charlotte sister remained in Adelaide, first as a nanny and then a dental nurse and would later marry a German refugee.
Cover featuring Japanese imperial palace; menu bound with brown string and opens to dinner menu. Route map on reverse cover; including translation in Japanese
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Rhonda von Laue, 2004
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 19.20 cm (Height), 13.70 cm (Width)

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Tagged with: german communities, german immigration, immigration, jewish communities, jewish immigration, immigrant voyages, immigrant shipping, shipboard travel, refugees, menus, ship memorabilia
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Travel - Shipboard Life
Tertiary Classification: menus
Inscriptions: Text, inside front cover: THE IMPERIAL PALACE, TOKYO./It is situated at the centre of the Capital yet far from the city clamour. The surround-/ing moat and most of the structures in the Palace are almost 500 years old./The N.Y.K. Head Office stands just across the water of the inner moat. Its modern/building casts its shadow on the old moat signifying the harmony of West and East.
Manufactured For: NYK Line, Japan, 1939
Place & Date Used: ., 3 Mar 1939
User: Hanns-Georg von Laue, 3 Mar 1939

Collected By
User: Marie-Charlotte von Laue, 3 Mar 1939

Collected By

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