Many passengers kept diaries of their voyage to Australia on the Asturias, and others have written detailed and fascinating accounts of their arrival and settlement.  You can access passengers' stories here.
 
After World War II the British Government devised a plan to unburden 'overflowing' childrens' homes. Children were shipped to Australia 'to be adopted by loving families' only to find that they were used as cheap labour. The first vessel to transport these children was the SS Asturias in 1947 with a 'cargo' of 147 boys and girls. Many of them were told (falsely) that they were orphans and consequently never saw their families again.  You can read more here.
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This site has been created to provide a central place to gather information about the SS Asturias II and may be of particular interest to those passengers who came to Australia aboard her in the 1940s and 1950s when the ship saw service as a ‘migrant ship’. 
 
All genuine material for publication on the site that may be of interest to others is welcome including photographs, memorabilia and stories. 

Please submit your articles for publication by email and indicate whether you wish to be acknowledged as the source of the material.  Also include your contact details in case verification is required.   Your
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All genuine emails receive a response - if you have not had a reply please try again from a different email address, in case your email address has been 'blacklisted' as spam by the automatic filter.
Eddie and Violet Lawrence were married in Leeds UK and came to Australia in May 1948. Eddie's niece Valerie would love to know what happened to them.

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