Emigration to Australia

P&O has had links with Australia for over 150 years since CHUSAN arrived in Sydney in August 1852 and in the decades following WWII thousands migrated to Australia on P&O ships with new schemes to encourage them such as the '10 pound Pom' assisted passage scheme. Browse this gallery to see images of P&O ships that transported the migrants, the Australian ports where they started their new lives and ephemera from the voyage.

  • A taste of Australian Scenery

  • Appointed agent's window sticker

  • ARCADIA at Sydney

  • Australia - Orient Line - 20,000 ton ships

  • Australia - travel in comfort - P&O

  • Australia and New Zealand by P&O

  • 'Australia by P&O' brochure

  • 'Australian Sunshine' - Orient Line poster

  • Baggage Label, 'Australia by P&O'

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Workmen putting up P&O's new neon sign in the 1950s

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