Do you know when your family arrived in Queensland?

State Library of Queensland is sharing records from the SS Oronsay passenger ship that helped many migrants start their new life in Queensland.

As part of The Voyage of a Million Questions, SLQ is inviting Queenslanders to explore and share a wealth of records that could relate to their own family’s history.

State Librarian Janette Wright said that the series of events was a great opportunity to discover some of Queensland’s historical resources.

“If your family migrated to Australia from the United Kingdom after World War Two, they may have been passengers on the SS Oronsay,” Ms Wright said.

“SLQ will hold a resources seminar, in partnership with Queensland State Archives and National Archives of Australia, on 23 November to show people where to begin researching this fascinating part of our history.”

In addition to this seminar, SLQ is encouraging Oronsay passengers and their descendants to come and document their story using the HistoryPin app at a ‘pin-a-thon’.

“People should bring along at least five images from an Oronsay journey and some memories and our staff can help with the rest,” Ms Wright said.

“This is a chance to share your family’s journey with the world.”

On 30 November, the heritage of the Orient Line ships, including the Oronsay, will be uncovered at a white gloves tour.

“We invite people to put on the white gloves and explore some of the original shipping guides and promotional materials to get a taste of what life was like on board these ships.”

The Voyage of a Million Questions is a celebration of the thousands of voyages that brought new settlers to Queensland and the resulting legacy of our state’s rich cultural diversity.

From 12 – 30 November, displays, workshops and activities exploring Queensland’s seaboard migration will be held at the Queensland Museum, Queensland Maritime Museum and State Library.

These events are part of the larger Queensland Migration Heritage Partnership, a collaboration of Queensland Government cultural agencies and the community.

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