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Town Talk tobacco box

Date: 1920s
Overall: 108 x 80 x 25 mm, 60 g
Medium: Metal, paint
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from John B Kiley
Object Name: Tobacco box
Object No: 00036197
Place Manufactured:Sydney

User Terms

    This Town Talk tobacco box belonged to John Berchmans Kiley and was stored in his ditty box.
    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

    Primary title: Metal tobacco box used by John Berchmans Kiley

    Web title: Town Talk tobacco box

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