|Nell, Grace & Sylvia with Nell's mother, Kate|
Photos were taken of the family with Bert's mother.
It was a hard time for Bert's mother. Her two youngest children were already in Australia and her eldest son was now leaving as well.
Bert and Nell, with their children Albert, 16, Grace 14, and Sylvia 3, left the Port of London on the Orontes on 25 October1929, the day after the collapse of the stock exchange and two months before Australia suspended assisted migration because of the Great Depression.
They brought very little with them. Bert, however, brought a machine for knitting socks - perhaps justified as a practical measure, but more likely because of its mechanical and engineering interest.
The Orontes went via Suez and Fremantle to Sydney. It was its first voyage as a migrant ship. Launched the same year, The Orontes had its maiden voyage in June 1929 cruising the Mediterranean before being fitted out to take migrants to Australia.
|Orontes arriving in Fremantle|
While the family was looking around Fremantle, the cautious and law-abiding Bert was stopped and cautioned by a policeman for jay-walking - his first experience in Australia! At least in later years, Bert and Nell would tell the story and laugh.
Ted and Nell made friends with two couples on board, Jack and Jessie Harris and the Taylors, neither of whom had children. They kept in touch once they reached Sydney and remained friends throughout the rest of their lives.