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Reproduced by kind permission of P&O Heritage

P&O publications for staff and passengers

Date: 1881 - 1965
Dimensions:
Overall: 90 mm
Medium: Paper, leather
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from P&OSNCo
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Archive series
Object No: ANMS0017

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    Description
    This archive series consists of regulations, instructions, handbooks and booklets produced by P&O between 1881 and 1965 for employees and in some cases passengers. Titles include 'Regulations and Instructions', 'Asian Crew: an Officer's Guide', 'Instructions for the use of Commanders of the Company's Steamers on the Australian Line' and 'Notes for Passengers'. There are also booklets detailing career opportunities with the company.
    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

    Primary title: BOOKLETS PROVIDING GUIDELINES AND INFORMATION FOR EMPLOYEES AND PASSENGERS, THEY ARE IN VARIED FORMATS, EARLIER BOOKLETS HAVING LEATHER COVERS WITH GOLD PRINTED TITLES AND LATER ONES BEING COLOURED PAPER PAMPHLETS

    Web title: P&O publications for staff and passengers

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