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How To Get to Australia

How One Gets To Australia

Reliable Information Specially Revised By The Shipping Companies For This Publication.

At the outbreak of World War I, These were the steamship companies that offered services to and from Austrailia to foreign ports.


Ports of Call, Offices, etc.

Royal mail steamers of the "P. and 0 ." leave Tilbury Docks, near London, every alternate week for Fremantle, Adelaide, Melbourne, and Sydney, touching at Gibraltar, Marseilles, Port Said, Aden, and Colombo en route.

Steamers carry only First and Second saloon passengers.

  • Fares to Fremantle:
    • First saloon, £70, £76, £82;
    • Second saloon, £42. £44, £46.
  • Fares To Adelaide :
    • First saloon, £72, £78, £84;
    • Second saloon, £44, £46, £48.
  • Fares To Melbourne:
    • First saloon, £74, £80, £86;
    • Second saloon, £46, £48, £50.
  • Fares To Sydney:
    • First saloon, £76, £82. £88;
    • Second saloon, £48, £50, £52.
  • Fares To Brisbane:
    • First saloon, £78, £84, £90;
    • Second saloon, £50, £52. £54.
  • Fares To Hobart or Launceston:
    • First saloon, £74, £80, £86;
    • Second saloon, £46, £48, £50.
  • Fares To To New Zealand Ports:
    • First saloon, £78, £84, £90;
    • Second saloon, £.',0, £52. £54.

Children (above three years and under twelve), one-half fare.

One child (under three years, in with parent), free, no berth provided.

Should any more than one child under three years be conveyed, one-quarter
fare will be charged for each additional one.

Head Office - 122 Leadenhall-street, London, E.C.; branch at Northumberland Avenue,



All one-class steamers from London to Capetown, Adelaide, Melbourne, and Sydney.


At present the service is practically suspended, as the passenger steamers have been requisitioned.

Head Oftlce - P. and O. Branch Service, 32 Limestreet, London, E.C.



Ports of Call: Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Fremantle, Durban, Capetown, Plymouth, and London.

  • First saloon from Sydney, single, £76, £82, or £88 (according to the berth required);
  • Second saloon from Sydney, single, £48, £50, or £52 (according to berth required);
  • Third class, £21, £23, and £25.

Return tickcts,

  • saloon, £132 and £78;
  • Third class, £37 4s., £40 16s., and £44 8s.

Excursion fares on Australian coast.

Head Oftlces: Australia-2, 4, 6 Spring-street, Sydney;

Branch Oftlces at Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, and Fremantle.

England- 13 Fenchurch Avenue, London, E.C.



The steamers of the above lines leave London and Liverpool for Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane, via South Africa. Only two classes of passengers are carried. Fares on application to London Offices.

The London Offices-Birt,, Potter and Hughes Ltd., 3 Fenchurch Avenue and Turnbull,. Martin and Co., 112 Fenchurch-street.



Steamers leave London Cor Hobart and New Zealand ports at intervals of four weeks, calling at Plymouth, Teneriffe, Capetown, Hobart, and Wellington; on the homeward voyage they sail from Wellington, calling at Sydney and Capetown, lor London.

Fares: From Melbourne and Sydney to London-

  • First class, £68 upwards;
  • Second, £45 upwards;
  • Third, £22 upwards.

To Capetown-

  • First Class, £35 upwards;
  • Second, £25 upward.;
  • Third, £14 upwards.

London Office - Shaw, Savill and Albion Co. Ltd .. 34 Leadenbal1-street, London, E.C. Australian Agents - Dalgety and Co. Ltd.



All one-class (saloon) steamers to Capetown, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane.

At present, this service Is practically suspended as the passenger steamers have been requisitioned.

Head Office: Alfred Holt and Co., Water-street, Liverpool



from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, launceston, Hobart. and Fremantle.

Saloon: To Tenerlffe, Plymouth, and London-

  • Single, Irom £45;
  • Return, £81;
  • Servants-Single, £36;
  • Return, £64.

Natal and Capetown

  • Single, from £30;
  • Return (from Capetown), £55.
  • Third Class: To Durban and Capetown-
  • Single, £13 13s. to £17 17s;
  • Return (from Capetown), £21 10s. to £25 10s.
  • To Tenerlffe, Plymouth, and London-
  • Single, £20 to £25;
  • Return, from £35 8s. to £44 8s.

Special terms to emigrants.

Head Oftlce-Messrs. Geo. Thompson and Co. Ltd., 7 Billiter Square, London, E.C. Australasian Agents-Dalgety and Co. Ltd.



One class only; passengers thus offered unrivalled accommodation at extremely moderate rates. Steamers leave Liverpool at intervals of four weeks, calling, on the outward voyage, at Capetown, Albany, Adelaide, Melbourne, and Sydney, and, on the homeward voyage, Brisbane (generally), Sydney, Melbourne, Albany, Durban, Capetown, Plymouth, and London.

The fares range from £15 ISs. to £27 11s. to South Africa, and from £23 to £39 to Eng]and, according to the accommodation provided.

Head Oftlce-St. James-street, Liverpool. Australasian Agents Dalgety and Co. Ltd.



London Oftlce-Cbarlng Cross, Trafalgar Square. Passengers may book through from London via Canadian Pacific Railway, Vancouver, and the Pacific Ocean, to Sydney, Melbourne, and all ports within the Commonwealth, or to Auckland, transhipping there for other New Zealand ports.

Liverpool to Melbourne-

  • First class, from £74 15s
  • Second class, from £50 17s

From Liverpool via San Francisco, Tahiti (Society Islands), Rarotonga (Cook Islands), to Wellington (N.z.), or to Sydney, £71 10s.; Second class, £48 15s.



French Mail Steamships.

Owing to the War, the running of the M.M. Co.'s regular mail line to Australia is interrupted. The Company has, however, intermediate steamers, with accommodation lor passengers, leaving Marseilles for Australian ports as circumstances permit.

When the mail services start again the steamers will be 01 increased tonnage, coming via Torres Straits. calling at Batavia on the way, then Brisbane and Sydney.

Rates and full particulars and dates og occasional sailings to Australia may be obtained from the Co.'s Offices-72-75 Fenchurch-street, London, E.C.; 1 Rue Vignon, Paris; 3 Place Sadi-Carnot, Marseilles.



Oceanic Steamship Company.

The service of this Co. from San Francisco to Sydney, via Pacific Ports, completes the chain by which the passenger may travel from Great Britain to Australia by way of the United States of America. This route enables the entire trip from London to Sydney to be made in 29 days. All arrangements for the through journey may be conveniently fixed at the London Oftlce of the Co .. situated at No. 7 Charing Cross.

An advantage claimed by the Oceanic Co. for their route is that it avoid the extremes of heat and cold. Fares from London to Sydney vary from £36 16s. 4d. to £72 8s. 4d., and from San Francisco to Sydney from £18 lOs. to £45.

Australia To-Day: Special Number of "The Australasian Traveller." November 21, 1917 (Published in 1918) Page 32

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