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Allan Gilmour's Diary

Allan Gilmour was a 17 year old steerage passenger on the ss Great Britain travelling to Australia in 1852. Together with his father and brother he was emigrating to pursue business opportunities created by the gold rush.

The diary he kept during his three-month voyage provides an emotive account and detailed description of the journey and life on board the ship. The diary includes detailed drawings of the steerage cabins which were vital to the re-creation of steerage exhibit on the ss Great Britain in 2005. 

Allan Gilmour’s diary is now one of the jewels of the Trust’s collection. It is the only known diary of a steerage passenger and gives us a unique picture of the ss Great Britain’s passengers in their search of a new life in Australia.