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Dinner menu for the SS ARCADIA

Date: 1964
Overall: 255 x 165 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Don McCulloch
Object Name: Menu
Object No: 00015994
Place Manufactured:England

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    A dinner menu for the SS ARCADIA from 10 October, 1964. It features a painting of a camellia by the Australian botanical artist, Paul Jones (1921 - 1997).
    SignificanceShipboard menus were the most common type of souvenir collected by passengers. They tended to have decorative covers featuring exotic holiday destinations or native flora and fauna. It was also popular to have fellow passengers to sign them.
    HistoryThe SS ARCADIA was built for P&O for their Britain - Australia run and took her maiden voyage in 1954. This service aboard the ARCADIA only lasted five years however as passenger demand for this route declined and P&O were forced to refit her for the cruising trade on what was known as the trans-Pacific route. In 1975/76 she operated full time out of Sydney and was by then a one class cruise ship.
    She was scrapped in Taiwan in 1979.
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