Black and white photograph titled 'Waterboat & Stores alongside Orion', it shows several boats with cargo, taken 6 March 1947. It is part of a leather-bound photo album created by George Palmer during his migrant voyage from England to Australia on the RMS Orion in 1947. George migrated to Australia with his wife Gertrude and their two daughters, Shirley and Lesley.
The photographs in the album record the Palmers' life in England, their voyage to Australia including ports, daily activities and shipboard views, and their arrival in Melbourne.
Description of Content
View from RMS Orion looking down onto numerous boats parked alongside one another. Various men can be seen loading boxes either from or onto Orion. One of the larger boats pictured has 'IDRIA III PORT-SAID' printed on the bow of the ship.
Black and white photograph printed on Kodak Velox photographic paper. Photograph is positioned on the bottom right of the album page.
This collection provides an invaluable record of one family's migration experience, from the first seed of desire to leave England, to the securing of employment, application processes, packing, departure, journey and immediate arrival in Melbourne. The journal is particularly rich in terms of its detailed account of daily shipboard life, including the descriptions of cabins, decks, interior spaces, facilities, lighting, food, mail systems, weather, ports, and activities. While not the actual original document, it is an immediate copy, contemporary to its time and reflects the significance of this rite of passage for the thousands of migrants who arrived in Australia during the post-war period. The photo album provides an evocative complimentary visual record of the experience.
Donation from Libby Wattis, 7/08/2008
Place & Date Depicted
Photograph, Black & White
Handwritten in white ink along the top of the photograph: '6th March 1947/ Port Said' Handwritten in white ink below the photograph: 'Waterboat and/ stores alongside "Orion"'
Type of item
58 mm (Width), 86 mm (Height)