Life on Board
Mr Brunel takes you onboard to explain what makes the SS Great Britain such an important ship.
Click on the links below to wat these short films and find out more about what life was like on board
Read these diaries from the passengers that travelled on board the SS Great Britain:
Allan Gilmour, his brother Matthew, and their father travelled together to Australia in a steerage cabin on board the SS Great Britain.
Annie Henning, her brother Biddulph, and his dog Gipsywent to Australia together in 1853, in First Class.
Edward Towle travelled to Australia with his brother Benjamin in 1852
Frances Duberly was married to a British army officer, who was in charge of soldiers travelling to India on the SS Great Britain.
Samuel Archer was the SS Great Britain’s surgeon for two voyages.
Sister Mary Paul Mulquin
Sister Mary Paul Mulquin shared her journey to Australia with fellow nuns from a convent in Ireland. They were going to teach in a school for Catholic girls near Melbourne.
Susan Mary Crompton
Susan Mary Crompton began her married life on board the SS Great Britain. The voyage from Melbourne to Liverpool in 1866 was the start of a honeymoon visit to England with her new husband Joseph.
An Incredible Journey
The following film shows the story of the daring rescue attempt and triumphant return of the SS Great Britain