Skip to main content

Please be advised: this website contains the names, images and voices of people who are now deceased.

Collections WA has a responsibility to preserve and make accessible the history and culture of Western Australia in all its various forms. The intention of Collections WA is to support research, and to reveal actions of the past that have impacted upon communities, families, and individuals.

In doing so, Collections WA acknowledges the need to respond sensitively and appropriately in cases when accessing this material may be confronting to Aboriginal visitors and clients.

Please also note: Some historical materials within this portal may include language or opinions that today are considered inappropriate or even offensive. Collections WA does not endorse this language and apologises for any distress caused.

Warn before showing
culturally sensitive content
Don't warn before
showing culturally sensitive content

If you wish to provide feedback on the Collections WA portal, please email

World War 2, Australia, Western Australia, 1942


Postcard of ship "Monarch of Bermuda", later a troopship

Historical information

The Monarch of Bermuda was built by Vickers-Armstrong Shipbuilders for the Furness Bermuda Line, entering service in November 1931 and operating between New York City and Bermuda during the 1930s. Her nearly identical sister ship was the SS Queen of Bermuda. In 1939, she was transferred to military service as a troopship during and after World War II
In March 1947, while she was being refitted for resuming commercial service, she caught fire and Furness Bermuda sold her to the British government, which renamed her New Australia and repaired her for service transporting British immigrants to Australia. Operated for the government by Shaw Savill Line, she served on the Australia run from 1950 until 1957.
She was sold early 1958 to the Greek Line, which refitted her for commercial service and renamed her Arkadia. In this configuration, she operated both transatlantic line service to Canada and cruises for most of the 1960s before being scrapped in Spain in 1966.
The New Australia measured 20,256 gross register tons, and was 176 metres long, with a beam of 23 metres. She was powered by steam turbines, which drove four screws, giving her a service speed of 19.5 knots. She had a capacity of 1,600 passengers while in immigrant service.



Registration number
Item type
Australian Army Museum of Western Australia

Australian Army Museum of Western Australia

Organisation Details
View Collection