Search the Collection
Advanced Search

Queen Street, Auckland

Date: 1908
90 x 138 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Postcard
Object No: 00042659

User Terms

    This souvenir postcard was printed to commemorate the visit of the Great White Fleet to New Zealand in August 1908. The postcard features a black and white photograph of Queens Street, Auckland framed by the United States and New Zealand flags. The caption reads 'Queen Street, Auckland, from intersection of Victoria Street, looking North'.
    SignificanceThe visit of the American Great White Fleet in 1908 was an event of enormous proportions. Souvenir items such as this postcard demonstrate the excitement the visit generated amongst the Australian public. Memorabilia made to coincide with the occasion emphasised the mutual union between the countries and the good will of the Australian nation toward its American ally.
    HistoryIn December 1907 United States President Theodore Roosevelt sent the US Atlantic Battle Fleet of 16 battleships on a 14 month goodwill cruise around the world. The fleet was a chance for the Navy to practice seamanship and express America's world power. Roosevelt was also concerned about rising Japanese aggression and their expansionist foreign policy. The cruise would be a political and public relations exercise to build domestic support for more naval construction.

    Led by the flagship CONNECTICUT, the Atlantic Fleet consisted of 16 battleships painted white as all US Navy ships were in times of peace. The ships sailed in four divisions of four ships each and visited six continents, 26 countries and 32 ports. It carried 614 officers, 13,504 other crew and consumed 435,000 tons of coal, more than any other naval expedition. It was the largest fleet to ever accomplish a circumnavigation.

    Additional Titles

    Web title: Queen Street, Auckland

    Assigned title: Queen Street, Auckland, from intersection of Victoria Street, looking North

    Discuss this Object


    Please log in to add a comment.