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Australian Migrant Ships 1946-1977

Publisher: Rosenberg

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 144 pages
Author: P. Plowman
Year: 2006
ISBN: 9781877058400
Other: b&w & colour photos, index
Publisher: Rosenberg

Peter Plowman's book 'Emigrant Ships to Luxury Liners' was published in 1992, and sold steadily until 2004, when supplies were exhausted. Rather than reprint that book, he decided to produce a new book that concentrated solely on the migrant ships that served Australia from 1946 to 1977, as they are still a source of great interest to many people, especially those who travelled on them, and their families. This new book contains many new pictures as well as updated information.

When World War Two ended, the Australian Government was hoping for an influx of 70,000 migrants a years from Britain. In March 1946, an agreement was signed with the British Government, under which the Ministry of Transport would supply a number of older passenger liners to transport Britons wishing to migrate to Australia. It was only when an insufficient number of Britons applied to migrate that the Australian Government began seeking people from Greece and Italy, and then suitable refugees who thronged the displaced persons camps in Europe. On 21 July 1947, the Australian Government signed an agreement with the International Refugee Organisation in Geneva to accept 12,000 displaced persons per year, though this number would greatly increase over subsequent years.

In order to move these people, the IRO offered lucrative contracts, and many vessels never designed to carry passengers, or travel vast distances, were quickly refitted with extremely austere accommodation before being sent to ports in Germany and Italy to load up huge numbers of passengers and carry them half way around the world to a new life.

The agreement with the IRO ended in 1952, and a new contract was signed with the Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration (ICEM), whose ships were of a better calibre than the IRO vessels had been. Other migrants from Italy and Greece mostly travelled out on the liners of such as companies.

Assisted migrant from Britain continued to be transported in old Ministry of Transport vessels until 1957, after which they were carried in the tourist class accommodation of British liners on a regular service to Australia. From 1955 to 1970, the vessels of the Sitmar Line also carried thousands of British migrants to Australia, but then the contract was transferred to the Greek owned Chandris Line. By the mid-19570s, the majority of British migrants were being transported by aircraft, and only 'Australis' was carrying migrants. On 19 December 1977, 'Australis' arrived in Sydney carrying 650 assisted migrants, this being the last migrant voyage to Australia from Britain and Europe.

Contents:
Introduction
Volendam
Hwa Lien
Johan de Wirr
Misr and Al Sudan
The 'Generals'
Radnik
Partizanka
Tidewater - Continental
Strathmore and Stratheden
Orion
Ormonde
Strathnaver and Strathaird
The 'Bays'
Sitmar 'Victory' Ships
Toscana
Komninos
Skaugum
Dominion Monarch
Orcades
Mooltan and Maloja
Napoli
Ranchi
Svalbard
Goya
Derna - Assimina
Charlton Sovereign
Luciano Manara
Protea - Arosa Kulm
Cameronia
Rena
Somersetshire and Dorsetshire
Chitral
Nea Hellas
The 'Navigators'
Georgic
Oxfordshire
Dundalk Bay
Cyrenia
Indian Pilgrim Ships
Surriento
Anna Salen - Tasmania
Cheshire
Haven
Canberra (1912)
Columbia
Hellenic Prince
Kanimbla
Otranto and Orontes
Asturias
Nelly - Seven Seas
Himalaya
Empira Brent
Fairsea
Groote Beer, Zuiderkruis and Watermark
Johan can Oldenbarnevelt
Australia, Neptunia and Oceania
Sontay
New Australia - Arkadia
Amarapoora
Brasil
Sibajak
Roma (1914)
Ravello
Liguria - Corsica
Florentia
Jenny
San Giorgio
Skaubryn
Arosa Star
Roma (1942) and Sydney
Oronsay
Castel Felice
Flaminia
Arcadia
Orsova
Aurelia
Southern Cross
Iberia
Oranje
Angelina Lauro
Fairsky
Willem Ruys
Achille Lauro
Gumhuryat Misr
Queen Frederica
Oriana
Patris
Conte Grande
Monte Udala
Canberra (1960)
Northern Star
Galileo Galilei and Guilielmo Marconi
Flavia
Chusan
Bretange - Brittany
Ellinis
Fairstar
Australis
Ocean Monarch
Britanis
Le Havre Abeto
Index

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