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Margaret Wood Immigration & Shipping Collection

Baggage Label - P&O, Shipping Destination, Melbourne, circa 1950s

Image: Baggage Label - P&O, Shipping Destination, Melbourne, circa 1950s

Source: Museum Victoria

This collection provides a rare insight into the working life of a young female Immigration Officer. It represents the processing and ongoing management of migrants during one of the great Australian migration booms; the development of policy during this period and the way it was presented to the Australian public; the management of immediate arrival and dispersal of migrants at Station Pier; the parallel operations of immigration officers, customs officers, baggage agents, and aid workers during those hectic first hours upon arrival; and the types and varieties of ships which carried migrants to Australia.

Margaret Wood's collection reveals the context surrounding her work as an immigration officer; the bureaucracy, represented by the forms, form letters, notes, instructions, and reports; the need to comprehend the continuing formulation of migration policy, through the ministerial addresses and policy booklets; the shipboard contact, through the souvenirs and menus; dockside sorting and handling, through the baggage labels, customs tickets, claim tags and receipts; the personal contact, through the handwritten luggage contents list and identified baggage tags.

Her constant contact with the excitement of arrival, departure and sea travel must have influenced her own desire to travel, as well as her connections with such a variety of ships, revealed through her own souveniring of ship line stationery, and the shipping promotional material. Margaret's own story accompanying the collection brings this incredible time to life - the sheer numbers of people from all over the UK and Europe and the challenges in trying to maintain organisational order.

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  • Menu - TN Roma, Flotta Lauro Line, Dinner, 14 Oct 1957 Document

    Menu - TN Roma, Flotta Lauro Line, Dinner, 14 Oct 1957

    First Class Dinner Menu from the ship TN Roma on the Flotta Lauro Line. The Menu is printed in Italian and English and was used on the 14th October 1957. It is part of a collection of s ...

    Images: 2
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    Menu - TN Roma, Flotta Lauro Line, Lunch, 26 Dec 1957

    First Class Lunch Menu from the ship TN Roma on the Flotta Lauro Line. The Menu is printed in Italian and English and was used on the 26th December 1957. It is part of a collection of s ...

    Images: 0
  • Key Label - Tradex Transport Agency, circa 1950s Document

    Key Label - Tradex Transport Agency, circa 1950s

    Key label, issued by Tradex Transport Agency. It is part of a collection of immigration related material collected by Margaret Wood an officer in the Department of Immigration from 1951 ...

    Images: 2
  • Card - Tradex Transport Agency, circa 1950s Document

    Card - Tradex Transport Agency, circa 1950s

    Card issued by Tradex Transport Agency. It is part of a collection of immigration related material collected by Margaret Wood an officer in the Department of Immigration from 1951-1960. ...

    Images: 6
  • Card - Stephens Baggage Agency, circa 1950s Document

    Card - Stephens Baggage Agency, circa 1950s

    Card issued by Stephens Baggage Agency. It is part of a collection of immigration related material collected by Margaret Wood an officer in the Department of Immigration from 1951-1960. ...

    Images: 4
  • Newsletter - 'Cruise News', P&O, Nov 1967 Document

    Newsletter - 'Cruise News', P&O, Nov 1967

    P&O shipping line newsletter, 'Cruise News' issued November 1967. The articles reveal emphasis on tourist rather than migrant market and include articles on pleasure cruises and images ...

    Images: 4
  • Lifebuoy - Arcadia, P&O, 1978 Object

    Lifebuoy - Arcadia, P&O, 1978

    Miniature souvenir lifebuoy given to passengers on the P&O Line ship Arcadia in 1978. It is part of a collection of shipboard memorabilia collected by Margaret Wood an officer in the De ...

    Images: 1
  • Card - Tradex Transport Agency, circa 1950s Document

    Card - Tradex Transport Agency, circa 1950s

    Card issued by Tradex Transport Agency, circa 1950s. It is part of a collection of immigration related material collected by Margaret Wood an officer in the Department of Immigration fr ...

    Images: 4
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    Card - Tradex Baggage Service, circa 1958

    Card issued by Tradex Transport Agency, 'official contractors Commonwealth Department of Immigration', in Melbourne, circa 1958. It is part of a collection of immigration related materi ...

    Images: 0
  • Menu - TN Roma, Flotta Lauro Line, Lunch, 16 Oct 1957 Document

    Menu - TN Roma, Flotta Lauro Line, Lunch, 16 Oct 1957

    First Class Lunch Menu from the ship TN Roma on the Flotta Lauro Line. The Menu is printed in Italian and English and was used on the 16th October 1957. It is part of a collection of sh ...

    Images: 1
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