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Government Dockyard Newcastle (N.S.W)

Date: 1920
Dimensions:
Overall: 28 x 237 x 305 mm, 1358 g
Medium: Silver gelatin prints, brown leather tooled boards, paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from D J Campbell
Classification:Photographs
Object Name: Photograph album
Object No: AX001109

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    Description
    This leather bound photograph album was produced to commemorate the 1920 visit to the New South Wales State Government Dockyard and Engineering Works at Walsh Island, Newcastle, of Edward Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII). The Prince's visit was to thank Australians for their contribution to the Commonwealth Forces during the First World War. He visited the dockyard to launch the SS ENOGGERA and greet returned soldiers.
    SignificanceThis is a rare surviving copy of a photographic record of the 1920 visit to the Government Dockyard in Newcastle of Edward Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII).
    HistoryEdward Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII) visited Australia in 1920 to thank Australians for their contribution in the First World War. Lord Louis Mountbatten was his flag lieutenant. Among many formal tasks on the tour, the Prince was invited to launch the SS ENOGGERA at the Government Dockyard in Newcastle.

    According to the diaries of Lord Mountbatten, after shaking hands with some returned soldiers among the dockyards, His Royal Highness proceeded to an elaborately constructed launching platform to the 'genuine enthusiasm of the dockyard workers'. In an interesting procedure, a table with a wooden map of Australia had a boomerang placed through it, which the Prince pulled down and it cut the string holding the bottle of wine back. The boomerang was encased in metal and sharp at one end, allowing the Prince to also cut the hemp rope attached to the ship.

    This album consists of photographs of the New South Wales State Government Dockyard and Engineering Works at Walsh Island, Newcastle, and the ceremony and launching of the ENOGGERA by the Prince on the 25th of June 1920. It appears to have been a VIP souvenir issue. The cover is titled 'Government Dockyard Newcastle (NSW)'. Photographs include the interior and exterior of the dockyards; the ships EURELIA, EROMANGA; the steam ferry KOOMPARTOO; the suction dredge NEPTUNE; and the launch of the steamship ENOGGERRA by the Prince of Wales.

    The Government Dockyard at Newcastle was opened in 1914 and closed in 1933 with partial operations continuing until 1938.

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