Magazine the Wireless News published by the Wireless Press, Sydney, Australia for the Australian Commonwealth Line. This magazine was given to Archibald Gordon Maclaurin on his Journey from London to Melbourne on the Jervis Bay as a memento of the journey in 1928.

Archie was born in 1904 in Westham London. He trained as a printer and sought work in Australia as there were few opportunities in England; he migrated on the 'Jervis Bay' in 1928. Before migrating he commenced negotiations with the general manager of the Commonwealth Bank Note Printing Branch Fitzroy, who assisted Maclaurin in securing employment at McLaren & Co Pty Ltd Colour Printers in Fitzroy. He then moved to Spicers & Depmont Printers and Stationers before an opening came up for a machinist at the Note Printing Branch, where he worked for 32 years.

He married Constance Duffell in 1934, who had migrated from England on the 'Narkunda' with her parents and brother in 1927. Her father and brother worked for the Note Printing Branch which facilitated their meeting. They had two children, Roger and Jocelyn and lived all their lives in Essendon.

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Souvenir Edition 'the Wireless News' published for the Australian Commonwealth Line of Steamers, specifically the TSS Jervis Bay. The date referred to within magazine is 7 April 1928 when the ship passed Gibraltar. The front cover is blue with a colour image of a steamer. The cover is annotated with 'AG Maclaurin'. The magazine Includes images of ship interiors; port points of interest, activities' results, passenger list, and page of signatures from other passengers.

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