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Burns Philp Line MARELLA : Australia - Java - Sinapore service

Date: 1914-1954
Overall: 89 x 140 mm
Medium: Photographic image, Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Postcard
Object No: 00000482

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    Postcard of the Burns Philp Line vessel MARELLA which operated the Austratlia - Singapore- Java service.
    Significance"The account of the happenings of HMAS HOBART and the two Burns Philp ships MARELLA and MANGOLA as told here, highlights the important part played by the ships of the Merchant Navy and Burns Philp in particular, under escort of the British and Australian Navies in the huge evacuation of the Service and Civilian personnel from Singapore in the west, to the South Pacific Islands in the east. Virtually thousands were evacuated to the safety of the Australian mainland, ahead of the known atrocities being committed by the Japanese Forces."
    -The Report of HMAS HOBART'S South China Sea and Java Sea Operations.
    HistoryThe MARELLA was originally a German ship that was purchased by Burns Philip after WWI from the British Government. She was engaged in the Australia-Singapore-Java run and was put into extensive Pacific service during WWII as a transport for troops, evacuees, ammunition and supplies. She proved herself both resilient and incredibly useful throughout the war being directly involved in New Guinea and Indonesia evacuations and transport.
    On the completion if the war, she was returned to Burns Philip and resumed her Australia-Singapore service until 1949.

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