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Menu - SS Kamo Maru, NYK Line, Lunch, 26 Feb 1939 Document Reg. No: HT 6331

Lunch Menu for the N.Y.K Line ship SS 'Kamo Maru', on the Japan-Australia Service, for the 26 February 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 with green tinge featuring picture of Japanese woman arranging flowers and explanatory notes; opens to lunch menu
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Rhonda von Laue, 2004
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 21.30 cm (Height), 15.30 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, front cover: The admirable art of flower arrangement, which is part/of the education of nearly every Japanese girl, is one of the/most charming expressions of the national love of flowers. It/is believed to have originated in the worship of Buddha, the/flowers being arranged as an offering before the image. It is/now an important factor in the decoration of any Japanese room./While there are different methods of arranging flowers/according to the various schools, the fundamental principles/underlying the first steps are the same in that every arrangement/is made to symbolize Heaven, Man and Earth./HEaven and earth are flowers-/Gods as well as Buddha are flower./The heart of man is also the soul of flower.
Manufactured For: NYK Line, Japan, 1939
Place & Date Used: ., 26 Feb 1939
User: Hanns-Georg von Laue, 26 Feb 1939

Collected By
User: Marie-Charlotte von Laue, 26 Feb 1939

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