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Circular book for the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company

Date: 1861 - 1929
Dimensions:
Overall: 330 x 45 x 225 mm
Medium: Paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from P&OSNCo
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Archive series
Object No: ANMS0016
Place Manufactured:Melbourne

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    Description
    This archive series consists of a 'Circular book' (a book of circulars for commanders, chief engineers, pursers and stewards in charge) for the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company's Melbourne agency. It contains printed and typed memoranda on a wide variety of subjects connected with the company's operations from 1861-1929.
    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

    Web title: Circular book for the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company

    Primary title: 'CIRCULAR BOOK', CLOTH BOUND CONTAINING TYPED AND PRINTED MEMORANDA ON A WIDE VARIETY OF SUBJECTS CONNECTED WITH THE COMPANY'S OPERATIONS

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