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Map of Orient line routes

2007.0097.0005

Map of Orient line routes

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Physical description

A printed coloured partial world map showing the routes for the Orient Line ships. The map is titled 'ORIENT LINE / UNDER CONTRACT TO CARRY HIS MAJESTY'S MAILS / BETWEEN ENGLAND & AUSTRALIA. / TRACK, WIND AND CURRENT CHART'. The map is centred on the Indian Ocean showing Europe, Africa Asia, India and Australia. There is a row of clock faces below it illustrating the various time zone differences. The back of the map is printed with dates of departure, arrival and intermediate stops for 1910. It also lists the addresses for ticket agents around the world.

Statement of significance

The objects in the Ben Chifley Collection refer to the lives of Ben and Elizabeth Chifley, primarily from the Chifleys' days as Prime Minister and Prime Minister's wife, but stretching beyond Ben's death in 1951 until Elizabeth's death in 1962. Significant objects include a letter of condolence to Elizabeth Chifley from Elsie Curtin (former PM John Curtin's wife) on the death of Ben Chifley (above), photos of Chifley as a young boy and a bible on which Chifley was sworn in as minister in the short-lived Scullin government of 1931.

Joseph Benedict Chifley was Australia's sixteenth Prime Minister, leading the Australian government between 1945 and 1949. This period was one of particular importance in Australian history, being the time during which many of the contours of post-War Australian social and economic development were established. Chifley also articulated the values of the reforming Labor Party in his "Light on the Hill" speech of 1949. However, the election of December that year saw the beginning of a drastic re-alignment of political allegiances in voting behaviour, leading to over twenty years of conservative dominance in Australian politics. An understanding of Ben Chifley, in both his private and public guises, illustrates much about this crucial era in post-War Australian history.

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