Black and white photograph of George and Gertrude Palmer and their daughters Shirley and Lesley, and their dog Robbie, in England around 1947. It was probably taken at George's sister's house in Iver, Buckinghamshire by George's brother-in-law David Roberts, the day before they left for Australia. 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.

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George and Gertie Palmer standing on the front porch of a brick house with arched entrance, with their daughters Shirley and Lesley and their dog Robbie.

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Black and white photograph.


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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