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P&O RMS MALOJA at the P&O Wharf on Saturday afternoon 1 March 1924

Date: 01 March 1924
83 x 108 x 2 mm
Medium: Emulsion on glass
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Photographer Frederick Garner Wilkinson
Object Name: Glass plate negative
Object No: 00040934

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    RMS MALOJA was photographed at the PO Wharf on Saturday afternoon, 1 March 1924. MALOJA was under the operation of the P&O line during the 20th century and carried passengers and mail to Australia.
    SignificanceThis photograph represents the role of RMS MALOJA as a Royal Mail service vessel in Australia during the first half of the 20th century.

    It is part of the F G Wilkinson Photograph Collection, comprising more than 700 glass plate negatives of ships in Sydney Harbour between 1919 and 1936. The collection provides an extensive and well-documented coverage of the changing styles of shipping in the port of Sydney before the gradual decline of the coastal trade, and in a period which was probably the peak reached by commercial shipping in Australia. The backgrounds also reveal the changing face of the city and harbour foreshores.
    HistoryThe Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company was founded in 1837 when the partnership of Wilcox and Anderson secured a contract to carry the mails from the UK to the peninsular ports, Vigo, Oporto, Lisbon, Cadiz and Gibraltar. In 1840 the company secured a new contract to extend the service to Alexandria in Egypt, and in 1844 this contract was extended to Madras, Ceylon, Calcutta, Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai. P&O established the Far East route to Australia in the 1850s, when it took over from less efficient services such as the East India Company.

    The P&O Company placed the order for RMS MALOJA with Harland & Wolff Ltd in 1918 and the ship was constructed in Belfast. The ship was designed as a luxurious passenger vessel and it was launched on 19 April 1923. It was used to provide a regular passenger service between London and Sydney via Colombo and Melbourne. During World War II MALOJA was requisitioned and refitted as a merchant cruiser for the Admiralty. After the war MALOJA was returned into commercial service on 15 January 1947 for the P&O Line. It was sold and scrapped in Scotland in 1954.
    Additional Titles

    Collection title: F G Wilkinson Shipping Photographs Collection

    Web title: RMS MALOJA

    Assigned title: P&O RMS MALOJA at the P&O Wharf on Saturday afternoon 1 March 1924

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