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Photographs of the Athey family's voyage from Australia to Singapore

Date: 1953-1954
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Chris Athey
Classification:Photographs
Object Name: Archive series
Object No: ANMS1334

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    Description
    This collection of photographs and negatives documents the Athey family's voyage from Australia to Singapore in 1953. It also includes photographs of their life in Singapore during their six month stay.
    SignificanceThis collection helps to provide a comprehensive snapshot of one family's adventures abroad and in particular to Asia. Ocean travel in this time broadened cultural horizons.
    HistoryThis collection relates to the Athey family's outward bound voyage from Australia to Singapore in 1953 on SS NIEW HOLLAND and return voyage from Singapore to Sydney on SS TJIBADAK in 1954. The family resided in Singapore for approximately six months while Noel Athey worked there.

    SS NIEW HOLLAND was built by the Netherlands Shipping Company in Amsterdam and was completed in April 1928. It operated regular services from Malaya, via Singapore, Dutch East Indies, to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. During World War II NIEW HOLLAND was requisitioned as a troop transport ship. In 1947 ownership of NIEW HOLLAND was transferred to Royal Interocean Lines. NIEW HOLLAND commenced regular voyages from Singapore, sailing via Indonesia to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne until her final voyage to Australia in 1959.

    TJIBADAK, a 7,906 tonne ocean liner, was built in 1929 by C van der Giessen & Zonen for the Java-China-Japan Lijn (JCJL). All JCJL vessels were named with the Javanese 'Tji' prefix. In 1947 JCJL merged with Koninklijke Paketvaart Maatschappij (KPM) to form Royal Interocean Lines. TJIBADAK was scrapped at Hong Kong in 1959.
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Photographs relating to the Athey family's voyage from Australia to Singapore with Royal Interocean Lines

    Web title: Photographs of the Athey family's voyage from Australia to Singapore

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