The most common type of souvenir collected by passengers when they travel on a passenger liner or on a cruising holiday is the shipboard menu. Socialising with fellow passengers at the evening meal in the dining room is an integral part of the experience. We have large numbers of menus in the museum collection dating from the 1890s. They generally feature an illustration, photograph or design reflecting the key attributes of the ship, the ports or countries visited during the journey.
HistorySS AUSTRALIEN (Built 1889, torpedoed 1918). The AUSTRALIEN was one of four passenger ships the Messageries Maritimes used for its Australian trade and was a regular caller in Australian ports for twenty-five years. Requisitioned by the French government in 1915 it was used to transport troops to the Dardanelles for the Gallipoli campaign, and to transport Serbian troops from the Corfu to Salonika. The ship was torpedoed and sunk in 1918.