since about Victorian times (roughly 1837 on)
A few years ago, the National Gallery of Victoria had a brilliant exhibition called Exiles and Emigrants: Epic Journeys to Australia in the Victorian Era. Your image, although clearly focused on Canadian-bound travellers, feels the same: bustling, anxious and hopeful.
I don't know how old your students are Helen, but this might be useful:http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/nof/emigrants/access/storm.asp
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