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Collection of 15 items relating to Captain and Mrs Spring-Brown

Date: 1933 - 1941
Medium: Paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from David Spring-Brown
Object Name: Archive series
Object No: ANMS1385

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    This collection of 15 items relates to the career of Captain John Frederick Spring-Brown as a Master Mariner and his wife Mrs Spring-Brown. These consist of two photographs of Mrs Spring-Brown; two musical programs featuring Mrs Spring-Brown; one envelope addressed to Commander and Mrs Spring-Brown in Vaucluse; one scrapbook featuring articles, photographs and letters relating to Commander Spring-Brown; one song sheet; one letter addressed to Mrs Spring-Brown; one handwritten list; and six newspaper articles featuring both Commander and Mrs Spring-Brown.
    HistoryThis collection gives a detailed picture of the life and career of a foreign-going master mariner at the turn of the century and into the 1930s. It has particular interest in the accounts of World War I activities, carrying troops in 1916 and carrying German prisoners and internees from Australia and New Zealand to Germany, then transporting Russian refugees around the coasts of northern Europe in 1919. The collection, and in particular the two journals recounting these voyages, also provides an insight into the importance of family relationships to seafarers like Spring-Brown, who missed his wife and family, and waited eagerly for correspondence on the long voyages away, and who described the impact of visiting his mother and siblings in England after 21 years absence. The collection contains documents relating to Spring Brown's father, also a master mariner, showing the strands of seafaring families which made their way to Australia through foreign voyaging.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: Collection of 15 items relating to Captain and Mrs Spring-Brown

    Assigned title: Collection of documents belong to, or associated with, Captain John Frederick Spring-Brown and Mrs Spring- Brown, which include newspaper clippings, photographs, a song sheet, a list, a letter and programs

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