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Photographs of Darwin Beer Can Regatta and Cheynes Bay Whaling Station

Date: 1976 - 1978
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Mr Laurence Bell
Object Copyright: © Laurence Bell
Object Name: Archive series
Object No: ANMS1304

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    This archive series numbered [001] - [035] consists of colour slides of the Beer Can Regatta boats and whaling scenes in Western Australia taken by photographer engineer Laurence Bell. It includes 28 images of preparations and race day of the 1976 and 1978 Darwin Beer Can Regatta, Northern Territory; and seven slides depicting Cheynes Beach Whaling Station at Frenchman Bay, Western Australia in March 1977.
    SignificanceThis collection of photographs depicting Darwin’s Beer Can Regattas of 1975, 1976 and 1978 are significant in illustrating this unusual event. Conceived in the Northern Territory as a community and tourist event, and to raise funds for charity, the 1975 Beer Can Regatta was held only six months after the devastation of Cyclone Tracy, reflecting the resilience of the people of Darwin who went ahead with the Regatta with renewed community spirit.

    The images of the whaling station at Cheynes Bay in Western Australia have historical significance in documenting aspects of the whaling industry in Australia in its dying years in the 1970s.
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Darwin Beer Can Regatta program 1975

    Web title: Photographs of Darwin Beer Can Regatta and Cheynes Bay Whaling Station

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