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Port guides for P&O cruises

Date: 1951-1979
Overall: 225 mm
Medium: Paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from P&OSNCo
Object Name: Archive series
Object No: ANMS0003

User Terms

    This archive series consists of two promotional brochures for P&O cruises and 327 'port guides' produced by P&O to provide passengers with basic information about ports to be visited.

    They generally include a map, a brief description of the port's history and places of interest, details of currency, shopping, restaurants and other relevant information. In some cases booklets have been produced for the same port over several years.
    SignificanceIn 1987, on its 150th anniversary, P&O donated a large collection of archival documents, pamphlets and photographs, originally housed in their Sydney office, to the Australian National Maritime Museum.

    P&O ships have been coming to Australia since 1852. The collection spans a period of more than a century, and ranges from early passenger lists to latter-day posters; from annual reports to menu covers. Information booklets intended to promote the superior functioning of P&O vessels include instructions to commanders, guides to career opportunities and such gems as 'Asian Crew: an officer's guide'.

    No less valuable than the 'official' material is the vast amount of ephemera, which for many researchers evokes the special quality of tourism. To the credit of the company, it preserved items such as brochures, flyers, press releases, publicity images, postcards and crossing the line certificates, which are now in the museum's collection. Subsidiary collections of documents relating to companies with which P&O has been associated, including the Orient Line and the British India Steam Navigation Company, provide further perspective and historical context.
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Series of Port Notes / Port Guides, information booklets about various ports visited by P&O

    Web title: Port guides for P&O cruises

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