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Dinner menu from SS ORARA

Date: 1931
Dimensions:
Overall: 205 x 131 mm, 0.01 kg
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Frank Barnsley
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Menu
Object No: 00038520
Place Manufactured:Australia

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    Description
    This dinner menu appeared on North Coast Steam Navigation Company’s SS ORARA on 8 March 1931. It features a list of mains, desserts and beverages.
    SignificanceShipboard menus were the most common type of souvenir collected by passengers and crew. This particular menu was collected by a passenger on board SS ORARA. This menu illustrates the type of cuisines on offer for passengers sailing on SS ORARA along the New South Wales north coast. Although the menu does not reveal much about the vessel, it contains various markings, which were made by the passenger indicating which meals were consumed on the 1931 voyage.
    HistorySS ORARA was built in 1907 by J Key and Son, Kinghorn for the North Coast Steam Navigation Company. It was the largest vessel owned by North Coast Navigation and was intended to service the passenger trade between Byron Bay and Coffs Harbour, in New South Wales. It carried out this service until it was requisition by the Royal Australian Navy to aid the war effort in October 1939. The vessel was converted into a minesweeper and operated along the east coast of Australia. In 1945, ORARA was returned to her owners, but the decision was made to have the vessel laid up in Sydney. In June 1946, ORARA was sold to Shanghai shipowners Fu Shan.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: Dinner SS ORARA 8 March 1931

    Web title: Dinner menu from SS ORARA

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