Booklet - 'Australia - New Zealand to California, USA, SS Mariposa SS Monterey', Matson Line, circa 1930s Document Reg. No: HT 6555

Book issued by Matson Lines, circa 1930s. It contains advertising and information about crusies from Australia - New Zealand to California, on the ships SS Mariposa and SS Monterey. It is part of a collection of 175 items of post-war ship memorabilia collected by John McKay. John began collecting shipping brochures as a boy through an interest in travel and later used some of the material in his professional capacity as a Geography and Social Studies teacher. He finally made a voyage himself in 1957-1958, to England to attend a scouting jamboree, although he ended up staying for 18 months. He remembers lots of Australians going over at that time, and references to Earls Court as 'Kangaroo Alley'.
Folded, double-sided pamphlet on matt paper. The front cover features a coloured illustration of two Matson Lines cruise ships passing beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Inside, the document contains text passages, colour photographic images of the ship, its facilities and ports of call, and a map showing the route travelled.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr John McKay, 2003
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 0.1 cm (Height), 22.9 cm (Width), 10.2 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: advertising, shipping, ship memorabilia, pamphlets
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: WATER TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Shipping Lines
Tertiary Classification: (to be classified)
Inscriptions: Front cover: "Matson Lines / AUSTRALIA - NEW ZEALAND / to / CALIFORNIA / U.S.A. / SS MARIPOSA - SS MONTEREY"
Author: Matson Line, United States of America, circa 1930s
Place & Date Published: United States of America, circa 1930s
Ship Depicted: Matson Line, circa 1930s
Ship Depicted: ., circa 1930s
User: Mr John McKay, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1930s

Collected by John McKay


Stephen Berry Posted on 25 Feb 2014 2:58 PM
This brochure was issued in 1956 and featured Matson Line's two new passenger ships Mariposa and Monterey. These ships replaced the 'white ships' bearing the same names that operated between California, Australia and New Zealand before World War Two.
John Salvietti Posted on 18 May 2014 8:52 PM
I was working at cockatoo island in the 60s and the ss mariposa was in dry dock for repairs to the prop after hitting a whale on its voyage from New Zealand to Sydney,I can not remember the year,but a brother in law married to my sister was the chief engineer on both mariposa and Monterey.Would you be able to refresh my memory of the year this occurred as I cannot remember the year.
Ben Sandilands Posted on 24 May 2014 6:09 PM
In the early 60s I was the Sydney Morning Herald's shipping cadet, and its last full time shipping cadet, as the age of the great ocean liners came to an end and the jets arrived. Boarding the Mariposa and Monterey off the Stannards or customs launch before dawn and then berthing at 7 W'loo was a top assignment. After interviewing the celebrity passenger of the voyage, the shipping media would dine at the captain's table after filing stories by a connected shore line, and then go home at about 4 pm. It was an era of great ships, and long lunches.

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