The Advertiser (Adelaide) Monday 19 October, 1908.
At the forward end of the bridge deck, extending almost the full width of the vessel, and lighted on three sides by circular windows, is the dining saloon.
The seating arrangement is on the popular restaurant
principle, a great number of tables being for
four people only, so that passengers will be able
to make up their own little parties for meals. At
the fore end of the promenade deck is the first
class entrance-hall and drawing room, the latter a
commodious apartment, framed in birch with
satinwood panels while the ceiling is panelled in
white, and the floor is of teak and oak parquetry,
covered with drugget (woven fabric). Opening on
the lobby are eight state rooms, six of which are for one passenger only in each, and at the after end of the same deck are a number of large cabins for two or three passengers in each whilst there are also bathrooms and lavatory accommodation for the passengers having cabins on this deck. On the boat deck is a handsomely-appointed smoking room, framed in fumed oak, with parquetry flooring of teak and oak, the seating arrangement being conveniently planned for card parties.
A novel feature in the Australian service is the
introduction by the Waratah of open air lounges
of which there are two, placed at the after end
of the promenade and boat decks respectively.
These lounges are fitted with seats and tables and
are so constructed that passengers will be able to
use them in any weather.
The third class acommodation occupies the
whole of the afterpart of the vessel, and comprises four tiers of decks namely main, upper,
promenade and boat decks (not the last two).
There are a large number of cabins built for two and four passengers only in each, and no cabin in the steamer contains more than eight berths (tell that to the 700 odd emigrants on the maiden voyage). On the upper deck is a large dining saloon, extending the full
width of the vessel, and fitted with revolving
chairs. On this deck also entirely cut off from
the sleeping cabins, there is ample lavatory
accommodation, bathrooms, etc. On the chief promenade deck is a comfortable smoking room, ladies' lounge etc. whilst there are also two other decks for third class passenger use. The vessel is fitted with excellent hospital accommodation