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The Great Britain before leaving Liverpool for Australia 1860’s/ artist...

The Great Britain before leaving Liverpool for Australia 1860’s/ artist unknown (Call Number: ML 81)

The SS Great Britain 3443 tons. Built 1843 was the first iron-built ocean going steamer with a screw-propeller and the largest ship then afloat. In the period 1852 - 1876 the ship made 32 round voyages between Britain and Australia carrying an estimated 15,000 emigrants.

This oil painting was exhibited in Dockside: Sydney’s working harbour, 1840-1875. It is one of many such paintings in the Mitchell Library collection illustrating the arrival of immigrant ancestors.

To find a picture of a ship that brought your ancestors to Australia click on this link to the library’s Ships Pictures Research Guide.