Tag: Stopovers

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Jul 15

Planes

Air travel has changed dramatically since the late 1930s when the first passenger flights were made between Europe and Australia. It is predicted that the new Boeing 777-8X will soon be able to fly non-stop from London to Sydney. In the past Fares In 1947 a return flight to Australia cost more than 100 times…

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Jul 15

The Routes

Clipper Route There are three main sailing routes to Australia from Britain. For most of the 1800s, gold diggers and migrants to Australia sailed to Australia on a route via the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. The ‘clipper route’ ran from west to east through the Southern Ocean and made use of the…

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Jul 15

Ships

The migrants’ long voyages to Australia improved considerably over the years, as the primitive post war converted troop ships were superseded by more modern purpose built passenger liners.  In the 1940’s troop ships were rapidly fitted out to meet the urgent need for transportation. Men and women were often segregated and slept in overcrowded holds;…