The 'Empire Windrush' arriving from Jamaica, 1948.
© NMeM / Daily Herald Archive / Science & Society Picture Library
A photograph of the 'Empire Windrush' at Tilbury docks, having sailed from Australia via Jamaica, taken by Jones for the Daily Herald newspaper on 21 June, 1948. During the war, thousands of men and women from the Caribbean had served in the armed forces. When the 'Empire Windrush' stopped in Jamaica to pick up servicemen, many people, having seen the 'Daily Gleaner' newspaper advertising the journey for £28.10, decided to travel to Britain. On 24 May the ship left Kingston, Jamaica with nearly 500 passengers. It docked at Tilbury on 21 June 1948. This photograph has been selected from the Daily Herald Archive, a collection of over three million photographs. The archive holds work of international, national and local importance by both staff and agency photographers.