Tuesday 29 May
Included in the price of admission
Discover the story of the SS Great Britain's first Australian voyage.
The Victoria Gold Rush commenced in 1851 leading to a huge demand for fast passages to Australia. Given her size and revolutionary design the SS Great Britain was well suited to cater for the prospectors desperate to reach the “diggings” as quickly as possible. On her first voyage to Melbourne in 1852 the SS Great Britain carried 630 passengers. Whilst a significant number of them intended to prospect for gold, many more were skilled artisans and tradesmen intent on establishing businesses to meet the miners’ needs.
The new talks will tell the story of this first Australian voyage and recount the experiences of some of the passengers on board whose individual tales include murder, mystery, life changing success and spectacular failure.
Talks will last approximately 20 minutes.