Crossing the Equator certificate, MV Fairsea, Sitmar Line, given to John and Barbara Woods during the migrant voyage from England to Australia in 1957. Certificates commemorating the crossing of the equator line were commonly distributed to ship passengers throughout the early to mid twentieth century.

Barbara and John Woods had married in 1955 and were living in commission housing with extended family in Buckinghamshire, England when they decided to apply for the assisted passage scheme and migrate to Australia. They sailed on the Sitmar Line MV 'Fairsea' from Southampton in 1957 and eventually built their house in Lalor [also referred to in some items in the collection asThomastown] in 1960. They had a variety of jobs before they opened their own drapery store in Lalor and had four children.

Physical Description

Certificate printed on cream card, blue and red printed type and colour illustration of an ocean liner and a bearded Neptune in the ocean.

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