S.S. Athenic to Australia (via Suez Canal) from London 5th May, 1949

My mother, Jacqueline, along with her family, travelled from the United Kingdom to New Zealand on the S.S. Athenic (Shaw Savill Line), an oil-burning turbine twin-screw vessel weighing 15,187 tons. It travelled from London, departing on 5th May, 1949, to Australia via the Suez Canal.

SS Athenic
SS Athenic – © Copyright Reuben Goossens (ssmaritime.com)

On Monday, June 13, 1949, The Sun (Melbourne), published a photograph of 10 of the children on the Athenic. This was a front page story back then. I have scanned the photo from the newspaper and cross-referenced the names of the children with the passenger list from Ancestry.

SS Athenic
Front page of The Sun, Melbourne ,Monday June 13, 1949. Children on the SS Athenic.

Children’s names:

  • Wendy Holmes
  • Sylvia Christine Knight
  • Walter Nigel Poole
  • Christopher J N Poole
  • Jillian M Holmes
  • Marion Aileen Maxwell
  • Ronald P Maxwell
  • David L Williams
  • Frederick A Young
  • Jacqueline Angela Knight

Passenger Names and Descriptions

Surname
Name
Gender
Age
Birth Date
Last address in UK
Occupation
Destination Country
Notes
Beasley Rt Hon Johan A Male 53 1896 Australia House, Strand, W.C.2 High Commissioner United Kingdom
Beasley Mrs Alam Female 53 1896 Australia House, Strand, W.C.2 Housewife United Kingdom
Stokes Mr Edward C Male 50 1899 5 Follyfield Road, Banstead, Surrey Engineer New Zealand
Stokes Mrs Laura S Female 49 1900 5 Follyfield Road, Banstead, Surrey Housewife New Zealand
Stokes Miss Doreen M Female 14 1935 5 Follyfield Road, Banstead, Surrey Scholar New Zealand
Taylor Mr William J Male 26 1923 13 Park Place West, Sunderland, Co. Durham Engineer Australia
Heatley Mr Thomas M D Male 22 1927 C/o. Sir Edwin Airey, Eldon House, Leeds Forestry Australia
Edwards Mrs Hannah F Female 57 1892 18 Whitehouse Rd, Abbey Hulton, Stoke-on-Trent Aerographer Australia
Bracken Mr John D Male 50 1899 37 Elmcroft Avenue, Sidcup Retired Australia
Wiggins Mr William E Male 54 1895 C/o. Union S.S.Co., 130 Leadenhall St. EC3 Engineer Australia
Mountfort Mr John Male 71 1878 West Meon House, East St., Farnham Accountant Australia
Mountfort Mrs Margaret H Female 71 1878 West Meon House, East St., Farnham Housewife Australia
Drummond Mrs Annie Female 60 1889 55 Old Harrow Rd., St. Leonards on Sea Nil Australia
Holmes Mrs Marie L Female 73 1876 "Barum", Fox Hill, Sittingbourne, Kent Nil Australia
Holmes Mrs Maureen A H Female 27 1922 "Barum", Fox Hill, Sittingbourne, Kent Housewife Australia
Holmes Miss Jillian M Female 5 1944 "Barum", Fox Hill, Sittingbourne, Kent Nil Australia
Holmes Miss Wendy Female 2 1947 "Barum", Fox Hill, Sittingbourne, Kent Nil Australia
Cunningham-Brown Mrs Dorothy Female 61 1888 2 Campden Hill Odns, London W.8. Nil Australia
Hagerty Mr John Male 65 1884 C/o. 23 The Leas, Westcliff on Sea. Retired Australia
Hagerty Mrs Ada G Female 48 1901 C/o. 23 The Leas, Westcliff on Sea. Housewife Australia
Rylands Mr Peter K Male 29 1920 "Uplands", Moore, Nr. Warrington, Lancs Manager United Kingdom
Rylands Mrs Kathleen J Female 33 1916 "Uplands", Moore, Nr. Warrington, Lancs Housewife United Kingdom
Coor Mr Henry Male 38 1911 171 Dublin Hill Land, London N.W.10 Upholsterer Australia
Coor Mrs Beatrice Female 32 1917 171 Dublin Hill Land, London N.W.10 Housewife Australia
Coor Master Allan Male 10 1939 171 Dublin Hill Land, London N.W.10 Scholar Australia
Coor Miss Sandra Female 4 1945 171 Dublin Hill Land, London N.W.10 Nil Australia
Kermode Mr Oscar W Male 58 1891 Monopol Hotel, 44 Tavistock Sq., W.C. Nil New Zealand
Taylor Mrs Annie E Female 59 1890 30 Garrard Ave., Margate, Kent Housewife New Zealand
Rossiter Mr James T Male 59 1890 Corners, Holywell Bay, Cubert, Cornwall Retired Australia
Rossiter Mrs Maud Female 50 1899 Corners, Holywell Bay, Cubert, Cornwall Housewife Australia
Knight Mr Albert J Male 40 1909 The Shielding Cottage, Swaines Road, Bembridge, I.O.W. Builder New Zealand
Knight Mrs Angela M D Female 33 1916 The Shielding Cottage, Swaines Road, Bembridge, I.O.W. Housewife New Zealand
Knight Master Christopher Male 10 1939 The Shielding Cottage, Swaines Road, Bembridge, I.O.W. Scholar New Zealand
Knight Miss Jacqueline Female 7 1942 The Shielding Cottage, Swaines Road, Bembridge, I.O.W. Scholar New Zealand
Knight Miss Sylvia C Female 2 1947 The Shielding Cottage, Swaines Road, Bembridge, I.O.W. Nil New Zealand
Martin Mr Ernest M Male 70 1879 61 Leinster Square, Hyde Park, W.2. Engineer Australia
Hirst Mr Stanley Male 53 1896 273 Upper Shoreham Road, Shoreham, Sx. Salesman New Zealand
Hirst Mrs Winifred Female 47 1902 273 Upper Shoreham Road, Shoreham, Sx. Housewife New Zealand
Tether Mrs Mary J Female 65 1884 24 Marmaduke St., Spennymoor, Co. Durham Housewife Australia
Clark Miss Mary C Female 65 1884 C/o, 15 Northwick Park Rd. Harrow, Mx. Retired New Zealand
Barlow Mrs Amy A Female 51 1898 2 Garden Close, Wallington, Surrey Housewife New Zealand
Riley Mr William Male 44 1905 Heathfield, Spelvet Lane, Morpeth, N'land Machine Operator New Zealand
Picton Mrs Evelyn M Female 51 1898 C/o. Midland Bank, Union St. Ryde, IOW. Hotel Proprietress New Zealand
Picton Miss Ursula A Female 18 1931 C/o. Midland Bank, Union St. Ryde, IOW. ? New Zealand Occupation not listed
Picton Miss Valentine Female 12 1937 C/o. Midland Bank, Union St. Ryde, IOW. Scholar New Zealand
Williams Mr Leonard C Male 44 1905 43a Chapel St, Exmouth Farmer Australia
Williams Mrs Florence Female 45 1904 43a Chapel St, Exmouth Housewife Australia
Williams Master David L Male 11 1938 43a Chapel St, Exmouth Scholar Australia
Elgin Mr Alexander Male 45 1904 C/o. Thomson, 2 Cunningham Place. Leith, Edinburgh. Foreman Australia
Elgin Mrs Helen Female 44 1905 C/o. Thomson, 2 Cunningham Place. Leith, Edinburgh. Housewife Australia
Williams Mr Owen H Male 26 1923 "Lippiatt House", Portbridge, Chew Magna, Nr. Bristol, Somerset. Farmer Australia
Williams Mrs Nancy M Female 21 1928 "Lippiatt House", Portbridge, Chew Magna, Nr. Bristol, Somerset. Housewife Australia
Poole Mr Walter E Male 47 1902 Gale Farm, Caword, Selby, Yorks. Farmer Australia
Poole Mrs Annie Female 47 1902 Gale Farm, Caword, Selby, Yorks. Housewife Australia
Poole Master Chris J Male 5 1944 Gale Farm, Caword, Selby, Yorks. Nil Australia
Poole Master Walter N Male 3 1946 Gale Farm, Caword, Selby, Yorks. Nil Australia
Maxwell Mr John McC Male 37 1912 3 Craigie Avenue, Ayr. Secretary Australia
Maxwell Mrs Marion McC Female 33 1916 3 Craigie Avenue, Ayr. Housewife Australia
Maxwell Master Ronald P Male 9 1940 3 Craigie Avenue, Ayr. Scholar Australia
Maxwell Miss Marion A Female 6 1943 3 Craigie Avenue, Ayr. Scholar Australia
Wastson Miss Jetta Female 30 1919 3 Craigie Avenue, Ayr. S/Typist Australia
Stephenson Mrs Ethel M Female 54 1895 C/o., Barclays Bank, Station Rd. Reading. Authoress New Zealand
Price Miss Sylvia M Female 27 1922 C/o., Barclays Bank, Station Rd. Reading. Nurse New Zealand
Littlejohn Mr Thomas G Male 61 1888 3 Albert Place, Kensington, W.S. Merchant Australia
Robertson Mrs Margaret G Female 64 1885 61 Rodenhurt Road, Clapham Park, S.W. Housewife New Zealand
Macdonald Miss Katherine Female 65 1884 61 Rodenhurt Road, Clapham Park, S.W. Teacher New Zealand
Young Mrs June B Female 30 1919 36 St Leonard's Terrace, London, S.W.3. Housewife Australia
Young Master Fred A Male 9 months 1948 36 St Leonard's Terrace, London, S.W.3. Nil Australia Listed as female (Fred A -> Freda)
Hawkesworth Miss Freda M Female 30 1919 36 St Leonard's Terrace, London, S.W.3. Scholar Australia
Dixon Mr Stanley Male 21 1928 39 Market Lane, Dunston-on-Tyne, Co. Durham Salesman Australia
Catic Mrs Dorothy Female 53 1896 C/o Royal Empire See. Northumberland Ave. WC2 Authoress Australia Crossed out – did not travel?
Douglas Mr William J Male 69 1880 12 Broxash Road, Clapham Common, S.W.5 Retired United Kingdom
Douglas Mrs Alice V Female 58 1891 12 Broxash Road, Clapham Common, S.W.5 Housewife United Kingdom
Josling Mrs Elsie M Female 64 1885 38a Rugby Road, W.Worthing, Sussex. Housewife New Zealand
Littlejohn Mr Russel G Male 17 1932 3 Albert Place, Kensington, W.8. Scholar Australia
Helliewell Mr Clive E Male 49 1900 Electra House, Victoria Embankment, E.C.4. Engineer New Zealand
Wright Mr Peter T Male 20 1929 5 Manchester Road, West, Little Hulton, Bolton Engineer Australia
Matthews Miss Mary Female 26 1923 24 Marmaduke St., Spennymoor, Co. Durham Companion Australia
Matthews Miss Irene Female 25 1924 24 Marmaduke St., Spennymoor, Co. Durham Help Australia

I also have a copy of the original “Passenger List” given to passengers. As well as the passengers, it gives the details of the commander and crew.

ss-athenic-passenger-list-may-1949-page-1-web ss-athenic-passenger-list-may-1949-page-2-webCommander: D. Aitchison
Chief Officer: A.E. Warren
Second Officer: J. L. Carroll
Third Office: J.W. Webster

Chief Engineer: W.W. Evans
Second Engineer: R.W. Butcher
Third Engineer: G.R. Brown

Surgeon: R.S. Taylor, M.D., O.B.E.
Purser: A.E. Phillips, M.B.E.
Chief Steward: E.A. Demeza
Second Steward: E.C. Hewitt.

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