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With Reuben Goossens

Maritime Historian, Cruise‘n’Ship Reviewer & Author


Shaw Savill Line

QSMV Dominion Monarch

The largest Liner of its kind ever to be built

Page Two – Memorabilia Page

Here we se the black and white version of an artist impression of what was a colour version

Author’s private collection

The following four images hereunder are a double pack of playing cards. These were kindly provided by Mr Ken Goles. Playing cards were given to all passengers and were these were beautifully presented in a brass like tin containing the two decks of cards.


Lid of the card container



Outer pack is blue on white and are still sealed

The cards show the Dominion Monarch at Cape Town



Bottom view of both packs show Shaw Savill’s world map


Second set of playing cards shows the Shaw Savill flag travelling around the globe

I wish to thank Mr. Coles for allowing us to use the card images that are seen above!



On September 12, 2008, I received an email from Lynne Hector in New Zealand, who advised me the following: “We have recently removed a mantelpiece in our lounge and found behind it a menu to a Children's Tea Party on the Dominion Monarch on Thursday, 9th February 1950. It is quite damaged i.e. half the back page is missing.” Lynne wondered if I would be interested I having it, and of course I was, and I am please to present it hereunder. Remember this was obviously a lost item from a previous owner of the house and stuck behind this mantelpiece possibly for 50 years or so. Thus what a wonderful find, that here we have at least 80% of this menu 58 year after it was printed on this great liner!

 The front cover!


 Can I have an Éclair please?

Thank Lynne Hector for so kindly sending the actual menu!



John Kelk was a Bellboy on the Dominion Monarch’s from February to September 1958 and his story appears on page one. He provided the following set of menus and we thank him for these!


 Front cover of the Information booklet


Landfall Dinner – Menu Cover – June 4, 1958 


 The Menu prior to a Sydney arrival


 Back page for more autographs


The Home Voyage to the UK


 Mad Hatters Dinner - Menu cover - 12 June, 1958



Autograph page

Again I am grateful to John Kelk of the UK for providing these menus!




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