Passengers: The long sea voyage to a new land

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Most Australians have at least one relative who travelled by sea to settle in Australia, from convicts in the 18th century to refugees in the 21st. Discover their stories.
21 February to 30 December
(02) 9298 3777
2 Murray Street
Darling Harbour, NSW, 2000

Step into this exhibition's Art Deco décor, evoking the glamorous era of ocean liner travel. Linger on the many personal items that bring voyagers' stories to life—diary excerpts, clothing, precious mementos and shipboard souvenirs. Why did they leave? How long was the voyage? How did they settle in a strange new country?

The exhibition’s centrepiece is a large-scale model of the 1937 ocean liner SS Orcades, which brought migrants to Australia. In 1952, nine-year-old child migrant Bob Stephens was sent across the world from England. His precious mementos of his mother speak volumes about enduring attachment to his family and homeland. War and Love tells the story of two Japanese women who migrated to Australia as war brides after World War II.