Black and white group wedding portrait was taken as the wedding of George and Gertrude Edith (nee Badge) Palmer, in England in the Brentford district England in 1930. It was brought to Australia by George Palmer when he migrated to Australia from England with his wife Gertrude and their two daughters, Shirley and Lesley in 1947.

Description of Content

Photograph shows bride, Gertie Palmer, groom, George Palmer and three men and three women (first left: GM Palmer, George's father; fourth left, Eileen Palmer; and first right, Mr Badge).

Physical Description

Black and white photograph adhered to cream stippled mount board with scalloped edging which is them mounted onto a large rectangular piece of card with etched border. This card is then housed in off-white card folder with two folds.


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.

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