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Orange plastic chop sticks with tapered ends. Engraved on ends with 'S.S.Tanda'.
CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Food & Drink Consumption Cutlery chopsticks
L250 x W6 x H6 mm
Media/Materials description
Plastics (Synthetic Materials)
History and use
These chopsticks were used on board the S.S. Tanda, a steamship belonging to the Eastern and Australian Steamship Company (E&A Line) fleet. Throughout the 1930s the Tanda operated a route for goods and passengers from Australia to Japan. Holiday journeys to and escorted tours of Japan aboard the Tanda were popular. The 10-week return journey between Brisbane and Yokohama travelling via Rabaul, Manila, Hong Kong and Shanghai, cost £54/10 for first class accommodations. The Tanda also transported numerous important passengers during its operation including Queensland governor Sir Matthew Nathan, Australia’s first High Commissioner to India Iven Mackay and popular British singer Dame Clara Butt.

The S.S. Tanda was torpedoed and sunk off the west coast of India by German U-boat U-181 on 15th July 1944 en route from Melbourne to Bombay. Nineteen of the 216 passengers were lost.

This object is part of the Marks collection, donated to the Queensland Museum by Dr E.N. Marks. The Marks were a prominent Brisbane family who made significant contributions to the fields of science and medicine.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
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