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Date: before 1932
83 x 108 x 2 mm
Medium: Emulsion on glass
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Photographer Frederick Garner Wilkinson
Object Name: Glass plate negative
Object No: 00040967

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    SS AJANA is shown at wharf No 1 in Woolloomooloo Bay. AJANA was used for Australian trade and served as a transport during World War I.
    SignificanceThis photograph is part of the F G Wilkinson Photograph Collection, comprising more than 700 glass plate negatives of ships in Sydney Harbour between 1919 and 1936. The collection provides an extensive and well-documented coverage of the changing styles of shipping in the port of Sydney before the gradual decline of the coastal trade, and in a period which was probably the peak reached by commercial shipping in Australia. The backgrounds also reveal the changing face of the city and harbour foreshores.
    HistorySS AJANA was a 7,759 ton vessel built by Russell & Co at Port Glasgow for the Australind Steamship Co Ltd of London. It had a refrigerated cargo space and passenger accommodation. During World War I it was requisitioned as an Australian Expeditionary Force transport and named HMAT AJANA. It served as a troop transport and also carried horses and military stores including wool, metals, meat, flour and other foodstuffs, mainly for Britain and France. Its control under the Commonwealth stopped on 12 May 1917.

    On 25 November 1919 the vessel was purchased by the New Zealand Shipping Co and renamed OTARAMA. It was once again sold on 29 February 1928 to D & E Fratelli Bozzo, of Genoa and renamed AMARANTO and eventually scrapped in 1932.
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: SS AJANA

    Web title: SS AJANA

    Collection title: F G Wilkinson Shipping Photographs Collection

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