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HMAT Borda, November 1915

By Marg Powell, Specialist Library Technician, Metadata Services | 30 November 2015

This unframed, mounted photograph of HMAT Borda is surrounded by the signatures of the officers and nurses on board the troopship, during a voyage from Egypt to Sydney, November 1915.

HMAT Borda was one of five liners owned by the P&O Line, for single-class service from England to Australia. It was leased by the Australian Government for the transportation of troops during the First World War.

This souvenir is a window into the lives of those who were returning to Australia in November 1915.

Each signature has been researched and a small entry created to highlight those who were aboard in November 1915.

Click on the underlined name to view more information ...

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Their voyage from Egypt to Melbourne took over 4 weeks, and many friendships would have been made during that time. Several onboard publications were produced, the one shown above, The Borda News is held at theNational Library of Australia

Many thanks to QANZAC 100 Volunteer, Glen Phillips for his assistance.

Marg Powell
QANZAC 100 Content Technician
State Library of Queensland


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