Rotterdam Lloyd MS Sibajak 1928 to 1959

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Emigration to Australia

From Tulips and Windmills to Gum Trees and Kangaroos

Departing Rotterdam on M.S. Sibajak on May 17, 1958


Part Two


In Part One of the Salden-Van Mulken story, we cover the families’ voyage from the Netherlands to Melbourne Australia, therefore if you have arrived at this page via a search engine please click HERE and read Part One first of their exciting story. For interest, this family sailed on the same voyage as the author of ssmaritime did when young, but I disembarked in Wellington New Zealand, and you will find my story on Page Three (see the Index at the bottom of this page).

This page contains another brochure provided to the family, which can be clicked on and seen in a full size! In addition there are advance Information sheets provided by Royal Rotterdam Lloyd (RRL) regarding everything they needed to know related to their voyage on M.S Sibajak. These are also of course in Dutch, but I am sure that many Dutch migrants will find the information contained on this page very interesting, as it will bring back such vivid memories of their voyages on the M.S Sibajak! The aforementioned is followed by a Sibajak brochure from a German source and a few photographs of the ship.

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You can view a large version of the brochure below HERE



You can view a large version of the brochure below HERE




RRL Sibajak Information Sheets:






German Brochure:



A Royal Rotterdam Lloyd MS Sibajak baggage label



M.S. Sibajak Interior Photographs:


Left: The Social Lounge - Right: Smoking Room


Promenade Deck looking aft


Here we see the rather elegant forward Dining Room with two terraces above being surrounded by cabins


M.S. Sibajak departs Wellington on June 23, 1958 for Sydney and Melbourne

Photograph from the ssmaritime private collection




Return to Part One of the Story

MS Sibajak Index:

Page One:…………………….MS Sibajak had long career from 1927 to 1959 - This is her complete story!

Page Two:…………………….Brochures, Deck Plans, Photographs Menus and Memorabilia.

Page Two-b:…………………The Ships Interiors, Deck by Deck.

Page Three:………………….The Author’s voyage on the Sibajak from Rotterdam on May 17, 1958.

Page Three-b:………………The Family Salden-Van Mulken sail to Australia on May 17, 1958.

Page Four:…………………….Ships Chef H B Hulspas story, a floorshow programme and a farewell menu dated 1955.

Page Five:…………………….Family van der Net and their voyage to Australia in 1956.

Page Six:……………………...Family van der Biezen sailed on her second last voyage in 1959.

Page Seven:…………………The Nieborak Family’s voyage to Australia in 1959.



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