S.S. AMERICA, S.S. UNITED STATES sailing on the 'All American' team to Europe



.In 1964 the bottom fell out of the transatlantic passenger trade. 
On the other side of the world passenger service from England to Australia and New Zealand was booming; In a move to attract immigrants the Australian and New Zealand Governments offered subsidize steamship ticket to encourage immigration. Using the Australian assisted passage program, an accepted immigrant could sail for as little as ₤10, or roughly $25. Their only obligation was a two year stay. For a slightly higher charge they could leave at any time.
On October 9 1965 The America left New York on her last round-trip crossing. On her return she was sold to Chandris Lines, a Greek shipping company. Renamed Australis, and sailed to Greece and for a refit. The ship’s capacity was increased from 1,046 to 2,258. Gone were the old class segregations replaced by one class, tourist. Air conditioning and a large outdoor pool provided relief in sub-tropical weather. Over the next 14 years the Australis would make sixty-two around the world voyages, transporting more than 300,000 passengers.






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8 thoughts on “AUSTRALIS

  1. Harri KOLOKOTAS

    We came with my parents ( my brother was not 5 years old and I turned 6 shortly after we arrived) and we dont remember 99.9 % of that trip. All I remember is my mother making me a paper mache dress to wear that night AND the rest is left in the history of my mind … One other thing I do remember is that we spoke to another passenger whom my mother told me was French. That man offered me a cap to wear with a long “ponytail”and I have a photo somewhere in my mums stuff. I am hoping that someone will have photos from their trip and could share at some point. We arrived into Sydney from Greece on 14 December 1966.

  2. Ronald Claughton

    Hi Rob my wife Angela traveled from Piraeus to Australia with her parents and twin brother and friends they arrived in Freemantle on 29 May 1968 then to Bonegilla refuge victoria

  3. mel kennison

    I sailed from Southampton, on the 13/10/1965. We were supposed to dock in Melbourne, but because of a storm in Port Philip Bay, we had to sail on to dock in Sydney, on the 25/11/65. We were transported to Melbourne on the Southern Aurora, where we we set down in what is now Southern Cross station, which was always known as Spencer street station.
    I was 9 almost 10 years old, I remember the sail away, I remember the only port where my elder brother, sister, and I, got off with our father, was at Port Said. I remember a lot of little things, most memorable was when an Arab man spoke to my father, On our way back to the ship, wanting to buy my sister, he apparently offered my father a lot of money for her. I’d love to talk to and maybe meet other people from that cruise. we went to Baccus Marsh boarding school, our parents went to the Broadmeadows Hostel.

  4. Rob Hunt

    If anyone reads this who was on a 1968 trip per Australia, to Melbourne, Australia, I’d love to be in contact. A Greek passenger on that trip was headed for Bonegilla camp and as of June 2020, is near the end of his life. I’m trying to find some memories to share with him.
    Thank you in anticipation,

  5. Warren Brown

    Yes , I was on board the ” fire ” trip cabin 135 = lovely cabin with two portholes , a four berth.
    which was originally a first class two bed cabin.
    Chandris said I was to fly to UK from Suva , but I declined and enjoyed the voyage with vastly
    reduced passenger numbers and only two in our cabin.
    During the days in Suva , I always chose the coach going to a nice coastal hotel ( forgotten name )
    But a left turn after Suva and maybe a journey of 15 minutes ,
    with great food and pool right on the ocean edge.
    I remember us all having Chandris towels to use after swim.
    Happy memories of an era now long gone.

  6. Silvio

    Thanks for the information Joanna ,sorry I just sow your message here, I dind’t think anyone will replay me, how you know the Australis ? passenger , crew or friends ? and where you live now ? thanks



  7. Silvio Bianco

    I was a crew member on this ship S/S AUSTRALIS in 1967 1968 made 9 trip around the world ,I was from Italy but now living in USA for 45 years,
    I just wonder if any crew member of that era is reading this note ,will love to get in touch with them, I did work on the crew restaurant and also as LIFT BOY ( elevator )
    thank you

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