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Title Passengers On the Deck of 'SS Ballarat' Arriving at Station Pier, Port Melbourne
Date 1925
Document Type Photograph
Reference MM 110866
Library / Archive Museums Victoria
Collection Name Photographs
Description A view from the pier at Melbourne of passengers, including Edythe Watson, standing on the deck of SS Ballarat.
Biographical Note / History According to her daughter Judy Archer, Edythe's father Wilfred Watson was a ship builder and, when the industry collapsed in England and Wales, they were sponsored by an aunt to migrate. Edythe was almost 10 years old, and she had wandered off to see what she could see from the ship away from her family. After their arrival, Wilfred Watson later worked as a shipwright and on the docks in Port Melbourne. The Watsons stayed with their extended family for a week or two in Balaclava, and then found themselves lodgings behind a shop in Caulfield. They then moved to Mentone, wanting to be near the beach. This photograph was taken by a street photographer from the pier.
Theme(s) Arrivals: Ports and Early Experiences
Country (from) Great Britain
Country (to) Australia
Ports Melbourne, Australia
Nationality English
Ships SS Ballarat
People Watson, Edythe
Keywords emigration, immigrant, children, shipping, dockyard
Additional Information Please note: Some of the metadata for this document has been taken from the Museum Victoria catalogue.
Catalogue Link Museums Victoria Catalogue
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