|Published||Registered at Stationers' Hall. Managers Anderson, Green & Co. Ltd. Head Offices 5 Fenchurch Avenue, London, E.C.3 |
|Dimensions||250 x 280 mm|
A simplified world map, illustrating the track of the Orient Line Steamers between England and Australia, printed for the Orient Line's managing company, Anderson, Green & Co. for sailings between November 1934 and March 1936. The map is not a true world map, as it does not include the Americas, or the northern sections of Europe and Asia, focussing instead only on the field of operations for the Orient Line. Europe, Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea and Timor are shaded pink, as are parts of what is now Indonesia, including Sulawesi, the Banda Islands, Bali, and the Lesser Sunda Islands. Asia is shaded green, and Africa in yellow, with only basic geographic labels included on each, usually where these relate to the path of the steamers. The track of the ships itself is a solid red line, running from London to Brisbane via Plymouth, Gibraltar, Palma, Toulon, Naples, Port Said and the Suez Canal, Aden, Columbo, Fremantle, Adelaide, Melbourne, and Sydney. A pair of dashed lines extending to New Zealand from Sydney mark connecting journeys to Auckland, Napier, and Wellington, while another line connects Tasmania to the mainland via the Melbourne to Hobart run.
In the bottom centre, a large boxed text panel records the overall distance between London and Brisbane, as well as individual distances between each of the stages. Below the bottom neatline, fourteen clock faces record the local times in each zone of the voyage. The title above the map features the Arms of the Orient Line. On the verso, a lengthy table outlines the sailing dates and times for each voyage, with the names of individual vessels recorded at the top of each list. The Company's fleet at the time contained the Oronsay, the Ormonde, the Otranto, the Orford, the Orontes, the Orsova, the Orama, and the Orion. During the second world war, these eight vessels were requisitioned for the war effort, with four sunk by enemy action. In addition to the contracted Australian Government mail contract, the Company also carried general freight and tourist class passengers. After the war the Orient Line increasingly served in bringing 'Ten Pound Poms', British émigrés, to Australia under the Assisted Passage Migration Scheme initiated by the Australian Government in 1945. A similar scheme was launched by the New Zealand Government in 1947.
Condition: Horizontal and vertical folds, as issued. Minor dirt staining and splitting to folds. Purple ink stamp on verso for travel agents and stationers 'Dean & Dawson Ltd. 16 James St Harrogate.'