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'Crowds farewell liner' newspaper clipping

Date: 1953
Overall: 82 x 121 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Audrey Capuano
Object Name: Newspaper clipping
Object No: 00015082
Place Manufactured:Sydney

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    This newspaper clipping, dated 1953 is titled "Crowds farewell liner'. The article refers to the sailing of passenger liner AORANGI as she sailed from Sydney on her last trip to Vancouver on 8 April 1953. Australian Audrey Capuano (nee Westley), an American war bride, sailed on this voyage. She was one of more than 12,000 Australian women and children who sailed to the United States on converted troop ships and passenger liners in the years 1945 to 1947 in Operation War Bride. Audrey Capuano sailed as a war bride from Sydney to San Francisco in 1946, but made several return visits to Australia.
    SignificanceThis newspaper clipping reflects the experience of many Australian women during World War II who became American war brides and moved to the USA to start a new life.
    HistoryDuring World War II between 12,000 and 15,000 Australian women married American servicemen. Some migrated and lived in the USA, while others returned to Australia in the years following the war, with or without their husbands. These women often encountered public scrutiny and disapproval for their decision to marry, with many Australians specifically men, resentful of Americans 'taking their wives'. For many women, American servicemen filled the vacuum created by Australian men stationed overseas. During the campaign in the Pacific thousands of American troops were stationed in Australia, at a time when many of Australia’s young men were fighting in Europe and the Middle East.

    Audrey Wesley was born in Strathalbyn, South Australia. At the age of 18 she met American Private First Class Angelo “Bob” Capuano (32nd Division Reconstruction Corps, US Army) at one of the weekly dances held in her home town of Strathalbyn, South Australia, in May 1942. They were married at St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney in August 1944, but Audrey faced a lengthy delay before getting passage to the US to meet up with her new husband.

    Departing Sydney on the SS MONTEREY in a group of 410 Australian war brides in April 1946, Audrey was photographed in the Stars and Stripes jumper she had knitted, and 15 days later muscial bands and more photographers were out on the wharf to meet the group at San Francisco. Audrey was hailed in the American Press as "Betsy Ross the Second" - after the legendary Philadelphia seamstress who made the first flag during the American War of Independence.

    Audrey formed the Australian Wives' Club in Pittsburgh for social gatherings and companionship. Audrey and Angelo (Bob) raised four children in Pittsburgh, with Audrey making several visits to see family and friends in Australia.

    This particular newspaper clipping is annotated by Audrey Capuano with 'I SAILED ON THIS VOYAGE' and it reads as follows:
    'Crowds farewell liner
    More than 2500 people yesterday farewelled the liner Aorangi as she sailed from Sydney on her last trip to Vancouver.
    Aorangi's owner, the Canadian-Australasian Line, are retiring Aorangi because of her age.
    Aorangi (17,000 tons) is 28 years old.
    In January, 1951, her owners withdrew Aorangi from the run because she was costing them more than £100,000 a year.
    But the following month the Australian, New Zealand, and Canadian Governments agreed to give the Canadian-Australasian Line a subsidy to reopen the service.
    The combined subsidy totalled £111,600 a year.
    In June last year, Aorangi underwent costly repairs to her bow, damged when she hit a concrete pile in Victoria (British Columbia).
    Many passengers were Coronation tourists.
    Among them were the Lord Mayor (Ald. P. D. Hills) and his wife.
    Ald. Hills will review parking problems in America on his way to the Coronation.
    Nest year the Orient Line's 28.000-tons liner Oronsay will make two experimental voyages on the Canada-Australia run.
    The Orient Line then will see if the service can be run without a loss.'

    Additional Titles

    Primary title: Crowds farewell liner

    Web title: 'Crowds farewell liner' newspaper clipping

    Assigned title: Newspaper article refers to the saling of the AORANGI from Sydney to Vancouver

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