ProvenanceBaggage check for MV Manunda, Adelaide Steamship Co. Ltd. For over 50 years from 1910 to the 1960s the Gulf Trip on Adelaide Steamship vessels was a unique way to see South Australia. Popular with honeymooners and notorious party ships for young men, the seven-day trip cost £6 in 1939. Ships like the ‘Minnipa’, ‘Manunda’, ‘Moonta’ and ‘Morialta’ provided an opportunity for romance and gave many Australians the time of their lives. Luxury was also offered to passengers on the interstate trade.SignificanceAn example of ephemera from the Gulf Trip cruises run by the Adelaide Steamship company.
In a decade which witnessed economic depression and world war, the Gulf Trip was South Australia’s affordable version of the modern cruise ship holiday; leisure on board the ships was a priority with organised deck games, music, sing-alongs, and writing rooms for sending postcards to loved ones. It also had a somewhat salacious reputation as a place where men and women could fraternise with relative ease. Gulf Trip vessels were stocked with a large range of souvenirs for sale to passengers to remember the cruise of a life time.DescriptionBaggage check for MV Manunda, Adelaide Steamship Co. Ltd. with word "freight" written on it. Front has red background printed with Manunda in white text and an image of a ship's funnel. Back has printed image of a white flag with blue cross and red star in the centre, with 'AUSTBUILT' stamped in blue ink below.Creator (person)Creator (organisation)The Adelaide Steamship Company LtdAcknowledgementDate of CreationDate of UsageMaterialCard DimensionType: overall
Unit (Lengths): mm Accession NumberHT 1987.1314