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Scrapbook compiled by William H Golding

Date: 1908 - 1914
Overall: 330 x 215 x 35 mm, 1325 g
Medium: Paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Michael Cross
Object Name: Scrapbook
Object No: 00045169

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    This scrapbook was compiled by William H Golding and contains newspaper clippings, regatta photographs and a program dating from 1908-1914. It features details of the 1895 Inter-colonial Championships, the Australian 18-foot Championship, skiff racing and vessels designed by William H Golding. It also features photographs of the yacht BRITANNIA, 22-footers EFFIE, VIGILANT, IBEX and the 18-footers NIMROD, WESTANIA, CRESCENT and ZENA.
    SignificanceThis scrapbook is representative of sailing and boat building in Sydney during the early 20th century.
    HistoryRegattas were central to competitive boating from the 19th century and functioned as a social and sporting occasion as well as a marker of official anniversaries in a public aquatic spectacle. Civic leaders, politicians and merchants offered patronage and sponsorship. Community regattas often featured several races, including rowing, sculling and sailing events usually for professional watermen and amateurs. The regatta was not just a means for exercising competitive sport but also a focus for social and recreational entertainment in Sydney. Sites around the foreshore provided a place for spectators to gather and have picnics, while night time entertainment was provided with dances and recitals.

    William H Golding was a Balmain, Sydney based boat builder and designer active from the 1880s to the 1920s. He constrcted yachts and skiffs including ITONIA, FLORRIE, MISCHIEF, BETTY, EILEEN, GOLDIE, BROTHERS and SENGA. Golding was also involved in competitive sailing races at the time.
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