'Ten Pound Poms' help P&O Cruises celebrate 175 years of heritage

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A select group of 175 'Ten Pound Poms' and friends remembered their life-changing voyage to Australia at a special event onboard P&O Cruises Oriana in Sydney today.

The nostalgic reunion was held as part of celebrations to mark 175 years of heritage for P&O Cruises, which played a key part in the post-World War II assisted migration program.

Under the program, which ran from 1947 to 1972, more than a million Britons paid ten pounds to cruise to Australia to start a new life, earning the tag of Ten Pound Poms.

Now famous Australians who arrived there under the program include Prime Minister Julia Gillard, actor Hugh Jackman and singers Kylie Minogue, Jimmy Barnes and the Gibb brothers, better known as The Bee Gees.

The lunch followed an invitation from P&O Cruises to Australia’s Ten Pound Poms, asking them to tell their favourite stories about their journey to their new land.

The cruise line was flooded with more than 1500 entries, revealing stories of romance and adventure at sea and complete surprise at the Australian way of life on arrival.

The winners and guests, 175 in all, were invited to attend today’s celebratory event onboard the cruise line’s modern day Oriana, the namesake of one of the ships which carried Ten Pound Poms to Australia in the 1960s.

Among the many winning stories were couples who met and fell in love onboard their journey to Australia, those who migrated to escape ill health caused by the British climate and even one passenger who kept the key to his cabin after his voyage to Australia – and today gave it back.

P&O Cruises managing director, Carol Marlow, who hosted the event along with celebrity Godmother and Sydney resident, Darcey Bussell CBE, said it was fitting that the cruise line was celebrating its 175th year of heritage in Australia with this special event onboard Oriana.

“After World War II, more than one million Britons sailed to Australia as part of the largest planned mass migration in history and most of these came on P&O ships. Those Australians still have wonderful stories to tell of their voyage here and their memories of settling in Australia and it was fabulous to celebrate some of those today.”

The day was made more special by recreating a streamer farewell, which was a signature event in years past when ships were leaving to embark on long voyages.

About P&O Cruises
P&O Cruises can trace its roots back to 1837 when the Peninsular Steam Navigation Company was awarded the lucrative Admiralty contract to carry mail to the Iberian Peninsula and beyond. Not long afterwards the concept of cruising was born and since then has evolved into a popular holiday choice and now P&O Cruises carries more British cruisers than any other cruise line. Today, as trusted cruise experts, P&O Cruises has a fleet of seven cruise liners offering holidays tailored to British tastes combining genuine service, a sense of occasion and attention to detail, ensuring passengers have the holiday of a lifetime, every time. Azura was launched in April 2010 – officially named by Godmother Darcey Bussell CBE. Small ship Adonia was added to the fleet in May 2011, named by Dame Shirley Bassey, DBE, and a new 141,000 ton as yet unnamed ship will be added to the fleet in spring 2015. P&O Cruises offer passengers the most stylish and contemporary holidays afloat including eastern Caribbean cruises, eastern Mediterranean Cruises, & luxury short cruises. P&O Cruises offer direct cruises from Southampton or fly-cruise holidays from many regional airports. Don’t miss your chance to book a cruise with P&O Cruises today, with plenty of cruise deals & offers online.

For further press information please contact:
Michele Andjel, michele(dot)andjel(at)carnivalukgroup(dot)com 023 8065 6653/07730 732 072
Kate Rist, kate(dot)rist(at)pocruises.com 023 8065 6652/07730 732 065
Jess Reid, jessica(dot)reid(at)pocruises(dot)com 023 8065 6650 / 07795 052 973

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