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Matchbox holder from SS PARINGA

Date: 1908
Overall: 145 x 125 x 125 mm, 0.6 kg
Medium: Metal
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Match box holder
Object No: 00007217

User Terms

    This matchbox holder was collected as a souvenir from SS PARINGA. PARINGA operated the Gulf Trip holiday cruise as one of the Adelaide Steamship Company's interstate passenger ships.
    SignificanceThis matchbox holder is a good example of the types of souvenirs produced for and used aboard passenger vessels in the 20th century, on the Australian route.
    HistorySS PARINGA was built by Scott of Kinghorn, Scotland. 1357 tonnes, length 70 metres. PARINGA operated the Gulf Trip holiday cruise from 1920 to 1930. The Gulf Trip was an important part of South Australian maritime history from 1906 to 1955. It appealed to many as a fairly cheap way to experience a romantic sea cruise, and to others as an ideal family holiday.

    The Adelaide Steamship Company was founded in 1857 when a group of businessmen saw the opportunity to capitalise on the Adelaide to Melbourne shipping route. Two ships were ordered from England and the company soon established itself on the coastal shipping scene. Over time, the Adelaide Steamship Company extended its routes around Australia, bought out other companies, expanded its fleet and eventually became one of Australia's most powerful and enduring shipping concerns.
    Additional Titles

    Collection title: Rice collection

    Assigned title: Matchbox holder from SS PARINGA

    Web title: Matchbox holder from SS PARINGA

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