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Tasmanian regatta programs

Date: 1924 - 1974
Medium: Paper based material
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Maritime Museum of Tasmania
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Archive series
Object No: ANMS1316

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    Description
    This archive series numbered [001] - [017] consists of material relating to various Tasmanian regattas. It includes 10 programs from Anniversary Regattas between 1924 - 1974; a program from the Victory Regatta held in February 1946; three programs from Royal Hobart Regattas in 1948, 1951 and 1974, and three programs from the Bellerive Regatta Association's Annual Regattas in 1962, 1965 and 1966.
    SignificanceThese regatta programs are significant in documenting the history of the regatta as a cultural and community event in Tasmania. They document in detail the maritime industry and the leisure practices in Tasmania in the years from 1924-1974. Races are noted for rowing, sculling and sailing events, trading ketches, naval craft, large yachts, swimming contests, motor boating and the usual array of novelty events which endured well into the 20th century. Many of the program covers features illustrations of the diversity of craft involved and join others in the collection in silk and paper from this important state event.
    HistoryThe Hobart Anniversary Day Regatta was inaugurated in 1838, a year after the first Sydney regatta, under the patronage of the Governor's wife, Lady Jane Franklin. Far more than just a yacht race, the regatta would celebrate the anniversary of Abel Tasman's 'discovery' of the island in 1642, demonstrate the patronage of civil and military elites, promote the role of whaling and other free-settler enterprises, and even aspire to dampen the colony's convict stain.

    By the early 1900s 'the greatest aquatic carnival South of the Line' had evolved as the 'perfect people's carnival'. Boat races competed with other novelty entertainments such as greasy pole fights, fancy costume parades, bearded ladies and snake charmers.
    Additional Titles

    (not entered): Tasmanian regatta programs dating from 1924-74

    Web title: Tasmanian regatta programs

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