A series of guest blogposts by S J L Patterson in commemoration of the SS Waratah July 1909.
Meanwhile, the Waratah slipped away from
One year before, on 5 November 1908, she had set off on her maiden voyage from London, England, to Australia, boasting 100 first class cabins, 8 staterooms, a luxurious 'music lounge' complete with a minstrel's gallery and a saloon with panels depicting her namesake flower. As well as these luxurious quarters, the Waratah had room for 300 Third Class passengers to serve the strong emigrant trade from Europe to
Having completed her maiden voyage without mishap, her return to
Port Melbourne Railway Pier was off in the distance at 4.00pm on Thursday 1 July as the Waratah crossed
As the Waratah steamed on her uneventful passage to Port Adelaide, Mr. John Ebsworth, a Melbourne Solicitor, Freemason and father of six, had bade farewell to his wife, Sarah Jane on 6th July 1909 and taken the Adelaide Railway Express to Port Adelaide to board the Waratah that was anchored at Ocean Steamers Wharf. He had been delayed by legal matters when the Waratah took on her passengers in
|Agnes Grant Gosse Hay|
The weather report issued for
SS Waratah 1909
To be continued ...