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Crossing the Tasman in style

Crossing the Tasman in style

Almost all travel between Australia and New Zealand since the 1960s has been by air. Before that, steamships provided a four or five-day service. After the Second World War, the Monowai and the Wanganella ran virtually as ferries. The mural in the first-class lounge of the Monowai, depicted in this sketch, merged images from Australian and New Zealand life.

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John Wilson, 'Australians - Into the present', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 April 2023)

Story by John Wilson, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 10 Mar 2015