Dinner Menu from the P&O Line Ship SS Stratheden for the 2 September 1963. It was collected by James Mason when he migrated to Australia with his wife and two children as 'ten pound tourists' in 1963. During the voyage James avidly collected the menus and approached the steward to obtain extras but he was unable to collect a full set. On arrival in Australia they stayed with James' brother-in-law and then purchased land in Altona almost immediately, where they have lived ever since.

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Shipboard menu approx. A5 size cardboard. Yellow front with cartoon style drawing of fancy dress party on board the ship.


Menus provide an evocative symbol of the migrant journey experience. Many people keep their menus as mementoes of a momentous experience in their lives. They also provide a way of documenting the dietary shifts over time of shipboard food and ways in which menu artwork was used to promote a variety of themes - whether relating to the country of origin of the ship, or in this case, the country of destination and shipboard activities.

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