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Hell Ship – The Journey of the Ticonderoga

03 5382 9555

8 Sep 2018

Michael Veitch’s story of the Ticonderoga delves into our Australian emigrant history, explores the themes of unimaginable courage, of family, and shines the light on a monumental, but almost forgotten, human story. This one, his own.

In 1852, the emigrant ship Ticonderoga struggled into Port Melbourne after a nightmare voyage from England in which nearly 200 of her passengers had died of typhus. Her saga of tragedy, loss and heroism gripped the people of our young nation like nothing before.

The ship’s surgeon, whose voyage on the Ticonderoga was his first – as well as his last – time at sea, takes us on what was meant to be a grand adventure from the shores of England, but ended in makeshift quarantine at Port Nepean.

Michael Veitch captures the human aspects in what is essentially a dark story. Even in a dying ship’s hull there is always some small thing that a wry sense of humour can find to lift us out of the putrid desolation that marks our history.

With pieces of music from the era performed by Michael’s son, there will be the web of four generations of Veitch on stage. This is truly a family story.

Content: Horsham Rural City Council

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Type Entry cost
$25 Member concession, $30 Member full
$25.00 - $30.00

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  • Café
  • Car park
  • Coach parking
  • Conference/convention facilities
  • Non smoking establishment
  • Public toilet
  • Restaurant - licensed
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  • Disabled access available, contact operator for details
  • Suitable for guests with sufficient mobility to climb two or three steps, but would benefit from fixtures and fittings to aid balance
  • Suitable for guests who depend on the use of a wheelchair in a seated position at all times
  • Suitable for guests with a hearing impairment, from mild hearing loss to profoundly deaf
  • Suitable for guests with a vision impairment. Attained by providing for guests with partial vision impairment or total loss of useable vision