SS Oronsay

SS Oronsay

SS Oronsay was a ship on the Orient line that was built after the second world war and sailed from the United Kingdom to Australia. This iconic and well-known ship brought migrants from post-war Europe to their new lives in Australia.

See a five metre long model of the SS Oronsay on display on Level 4.

We are also interested in hearing from people who have stories or objects to share in connection with the ship. Do you have a family connection to the SS Oronsay or a story to share? Share your story.

The Voyage of a Million Questions

Is Surfers Paradise a real paradise? What is a wombat? How do you say Mooloolaba?

These were just some of the questions asked by the 437 immigrants who arrived in Brisbane travelling on Queensland’s Centenary ship – the RMS Orion – in 1959.

This special trip was dubbed ‘the voyage of a million questions’, however every new migrant to Queensland has a million questions about the place they’ll be calling home.

Were you an immigrant? As a new arrival, what questions did you have about Queensland and what was your voyage here like, whether by sea or air?

The Voyage of a Million Questions is a program of activities happening in the Southbank Cultural Precinct from 12-30 November, focusing on the stories of the Orient Line and sea migration to Queensland.

Be sure to get involved as we celebrate the voyages that brought new migrants to Queensland’s shores!

Find out more about The Voyage of a Million Questions.

The Queensland Migration Heritage Hub

The Voyage of a Million Questions is an initiative of the Queensland Migration Heritage Partnership. The Partnership is a collaboration between a number of Queensland Government agencies and the community. It aims to build awareness of migrant experiences and contributions to Queensland, both past and present, as well as encouraging communities and individuals to tell and share their own unique stories of migration. The initiative also aims to promote greater awareness of Queensland’s public collections and heritage sites that record the legacy of generations of immigrants to our state.

The Hub is the first website in Queensland that brings together migration heritage resources including images, research material, listings of heritage sites, archival information and records and a variety of useful links. The Hub lets you share in the migration stories of Queenslanders, and even tellyourown story of your journey to Queensland, it’s easy – simply visit the Share your storypage!

The Voyage of a Million Questions and the Queensland Migration Heritage Hub are initiatives of the Queensland Migration Heritage Partnership, a unique collaboration between the Queensland Government and the community.

Event Details

12 November 2012 - 31 December 2012
Level 4

Of Interest