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Captain William Collin

Date: 1860s -1914
Overall: 763 x 660 mm
Medium: Oil on canvas, on board
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Oil painting
Object No: 00045525
Related Place:Queensland,

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    An unsigned oil portrait of Captain William Collin.

    Captain Collin was a master mariner and an eminent figure in the Queensland coastal trade. He was also well known for his skill in marine salvage of ships off the dangerous coast.
    SignificanceCaptain William Collin was one of the true European pioneers of Queensland. After a lengthy and adventure filled journey to Australia as a young man, Collin settled in Queensland and began operating a barge on the Brisbane River for twenty years. He would live to be involved in almost all aspects of the Queensland coastal trade including salvaging, cargo carrying and laying buoys and cables for the Queensland government.
    HistoryCaptain William Collin (1834-1914) was born in England, went to sea, and was shipwrecked off north Queensland in 1854. He settled in Sydney until 1862 when he moved to Queensland and operated barges in the coastal trade. He also became a well-known salvage operator and shipbreaker.
    Captain Colin is regarded as a pioneer of the Queensland coastal and river trade, and one of his most notable achievements was to mark the passage through Torres Strait with buoys, for the Queensland Government. His reminiscences, published as 'Life and Adventures of an Essex Man' published in 1914 are an important source for the social and commercial history of early Queensland.
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    Collection title: Captain William Collin Collection

    Assigned title: Captain William Collin

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