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Saloon Menu from TSS HOBSONS BAY

Date: 25 December 1923
180 x 115 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Moss Hunt
Object Name: Menu
Object No: 00040696

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    This Christmas saloon dinner menu appeared on the Commonwealth Government Line's TSS HOBSONS BAY on 25 December 1923. It features a list of mains, vegetables and deserts along with a list of the ship's officers on the verso.
    SignificanceThis menu is a significant relic of the Commonweath Government Line; the Australian Government's failed attempt at operating a commercial shipping line between the two World Wars. This was an important episode in Australian maritime history. The BAY ships were built according to Australia's new Navigation Act of 1921 and provided superior crew accomodation and facilities, compared with established shipping. The line was unprofitable and plagued by Union action, with the result that the government sold the ships in 1928 and did not re-enter the field until after World War II.
    HistoryHOBSONS BAY was one of a fleet of five 'BAY' ships built for the Commonwealth Government Line in the early 1920s, to engage in the emigrant trade between Britain and Australia. They were considered luxurious in crew accommodation and appointments, having been built according to Australia's new Navigation Act of 1921. HOBSONS BAY made its first voyage from London in 1922. In 1923 the line was renamed Australian Commonwealth Line. The line was unprofitable because of the government's inexperience in operating commercial shipping, and because of continuing union action. The ships were sold in 1928 and continued to operate in the Australia to London trade as the Aberdeen & Commonwealth Line. HOBSONS BAY's name was changed to ESPERANCE BAY in 1937. It served as a troopship in World War II. It was scrapped in 1955.
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: TSS HOBSONS BAY Saloon Menu

    Assigned title: Saloon Menu from TSS HOBSONS BAY

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