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The orient liner ORSOVA became the Rotary Ship early in 1958 when she brought to Australia 215 British migrants nominated by Australian Rotary Clubs. There were 56 families in the party. 26 families went to Queensland, 11 to Victoria, 9 to Western Australia, 7 to New South Wales, 2 to South Australia and one to Tasmania. At Melbourne, the Commonwealth Minister for Immigration, Mr A R Downer, boarded the ORSOVA in Port Philip Bay to welcome the migrants, while the NSW governor of Rotary, Dr G Howe, welcomed them at Sydney. The ship arrived at Sydney on April 24. Queensland-bound migrant Leslie Whyle, 39, a toolmaker from Wellesbourne, Warwickshire, he said: "Our cup of happiness is full and running over with the kindness we have received here. we do not feel we are coming to a strange country. We feel we are coming home."

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A12111, 1/1958/7/13
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