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THEMISTOCLES of Southampton

Date: 26 January 1933
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: 00041668
Place Manufactured:Cremorne Point
Related Place:Neutral Bay,

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    Frederick Wilkinson took this photograph of the THEMISTOCLES at 8:35am on Thursday 26 January 1933 aboard a ferry travelling from Mosman to Circular Quay. The THEMISTOCLES is dressed overall as the flagship for the annual Anniversary Regatta, and is moored to the P&O buoy off Neutral Bay. 'The Sydney Morning Herald' reported on one interesting aspect of the day's festivities:

    'Variety was given to the harbour scene by a representation of a huge sea serpent being propelled, apparently without effort, around the flagship, followed by a miniature "Ark Ararat" and other small craft symbolical of historical events.'
    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.
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: THEMISTOCLES

    Web title: THEMISTOCLES of Southampton

    Collection title: F G Wilkinson Shipping Photographs Collection

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