Historical information

John Herron immigrated to Australia aboard the Royal Mail Ship Orvieto leaving the Port of London on 6 May 1926 and arriving in Melbourne on 1 June 1926.
The ORVIETO was built by Workman Clark at Belfast in 1909. It was chartered by the Orient Steam Navigation Co until 1919 when it was taken over by the P&O Line. The passenger ship of 12,133 tons could accommodate 1117 people. Its maiden voyage in 1909 was from London to Sydney and Melbourne via the Suez Canal. During World War I the ship was used a minelayer and converted into an armed Merchant cruiser. In 1919 under the P&O line the ORVIETO resumed the passenger run between England and Australia, operating until 1930 when it was scrapped.


John Herron was the husband of Isa May (nee Kennedy). Isa was the granddaughter of one of the oldest residents born in Bentleigh in 1857, James Jones.

Physical description

Third Class Passengers Contract Ticket for John Herron aboard the Royal Mail Steamship ORVIETO to Australia departed London 1 May 1926 two sided

Inscriptions & markings

First day of May 1926 - John Herron, aged 17. - Melbourne - This ticket is available at the Company's option for a berth in a six, eight or ten berth cabin