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Tobacco box

Date: 1920s
Dimensions:
Overall: 39 x 115 x 75 mm, 80 g
Medium: Metal, paint
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Margaret Kiley-Balas
Object Name: Tobacco box
Object No: 00037278
Place Manufactured:London

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    Description
    This large metal tobacco box belonged to John Berchman Kiley and was used to store over 140 cigarette cards collected during his service in the Royal Australian Navy.
    SignificanceThis tobacco box is part of a collection of personal effects belonging to John Berchmans Kiley. It is an important historical record of the daily life of a boy sailor in the Royal Australian Navy in the early 20th century.
    HistoryJohn Berchmans Kiley was born on 29 January 1910 and joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1925. He began his naval service on HMAS TINGIRA, a ship for boy sailors moored at Rose Bay in Sydney, where he trained for 15 months. He went on to join HMAS SYDNEY and travelled to England, returning home on HMAS AUSTRALIA. Kiley also served in HMAS MELBOURNE, and undertook four years of training at HMAS CERBERUS studying a range of gunnery courses. Kiley reached the rank of Leading Seaman, and to his great disappointment was invalidated out of the navy around 1930 due to respiratory illness.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: Tobacco box

    Primary title: TOBACCO BOX ORIGINALLY USED TO STORE CIGARETTE CARDS COLLECTED BY JOHN BERCHMANS KILEY DURING HIS SERVICE IN THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY

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