ProvenanceFrom 1910 to the 1960s, the Gulf Trip on Adelaide Steamship Company 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 South Australians the time of their lives. Leisure on board the ships was a priority with organised deck games, music, sing-alongs, and writing rooms for sending postcards to loved ones. This baggage sticker produced for passengers travelling on the ‘Moonta’ during the 1930s and perhaps cherished as a souvenir.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 were 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.DescriptionAdelaide Steamship Company luggage sticker. Rectangular with an image at the top of a steamship on water with a yellow background. The waves of the water separate a part for the luggage owner to enter their information and the top of the ticket where "The Gulf" is written ("The" entirely in black and small atop "Gulf" which is grey outlined in black). "Trip" is written in grey (with black outline) underneath the waves, but above the areas for the luggage owner to enter their information. In small font, Adelaide Steamship Company warns the luggage owner that they are solely responsible for their own luggage and not the company unless it is being transported as cargo. A grey wave foots this section of the sticker. At the bottom of the sticker, waves separate the information entry part and show a black background with "The Adelaide Steamship Co., Ltd.."Creator (person)Creator (organisation)AcknowledgementKeywordsSouvenirsDate of CreationDate of UsageMaterialTin
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Unit (Lengths): mm Accession NumberHT 1986.0232