Story: Britain, Europe and New Zealand

Sailing home, 1955

Sailing home, 1955

In the 1950s, when this photograph was taken of the Southern Cross about to leave a Wellington wharf, the flow of people between New Zealand and Europe was strong. Europe was the source of many new migrants, and with wages rising more people could afford to travel back and forth. The streamers stretching from the ship symbolised the parting that was about to take place. Rolls were thrown from ship to wharf; as the vessel pulled away the line stretching between those going and those staying would break.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Evening Post Collection (PAColl-0614)
Reference: EP/1955/0944

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How to cite this page:

Martin Holland and Serena Kelly, 'Britain, Europe and New Zealand - Migration, travel and tourism', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/36827/sailing-home-1955 (accessed 11 August 2022)

Story by Martin Holland and Serena Kelly, published 20 Jun 2012