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Collection of 209 items relating to William Glassford

Date: 1850-1950
Medium: Card, paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Mr and Mrs Glassford
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Archive series
Object No: ANMS1096

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    Description
    These 209 items were collected by Roderick Winchcombe Glassford over his lifetime. The collection consists predominantly of black and white photographs of vessels as well as various maritime subjects.
    SignificanceThe collection documents the change in international cargo and passenger shipping to the dominance of steam powered vessels, as well as the evolution of the Sydney Harbour water front.
    HistoryThe collection consists of one list of information on 19 photographs; one painting of the TYBURNIA entering Sydney Harbour 1888 by W Forster; one hand made program for a performance of the Macquaronia; three postcards featuring images of the Lighthouse at Yamba, Picton Harbour and the TORRENS. It also consists of 203 photographs of the following vessels ABERGELDIE, ALBYN'S ISLE, AURIS, AUSTRALIAN, CAMBRIAN PRINCESS, CHITTAGONG, CIMBA, DERWENT, DURBAN CASTLE, ELLEN STUART, ELLESMERE, EMILE MARIE, FINLAND, FLYING DRAGON, GOOLWA, HALCIONE, HARLAW, HORNA, IDUNA, JOSEPH CONRAD, KINGSBRIDGE, LA HOGUE, LAWHILL, LOCH KATRINE, LORD OF THE ISLES, LUBERMAN'S LASSIE, MACQUARIE, MAGDELENE VINNEN, MILTIADES, MURRAY, PAT, RAVENSCOURT, RMS VICTORIA, ROTHESAY BAY, SAMUEL PLIMSOLL, SOBRAON, SPEEDY, SS KWINANA, SS NORFOLK, SS TEKAPO, SS THERMOPYLAE, SS WAUCHOPE, SS WENTWORTH, SURREY, TAHI WAITANGI, TAHITI, TAITSING, TAMAR, TAMERLANE, TARA IPO, THE BRUCE, THELMA, THEOPHANE, THODE FAGELUND, THOMAS STEPHENS, THOMASINA MCLELLAN, THOR, THORNYLBANK, THURAKA, THYATIRA, TITANIA, TOOGARA, TOONGARA, TORRENS, TRAFALGAR, TREVELYAN, TROPIC, TRUE BRITON, TYBURNIA, WAIMEA, WAIPA, WAITERE, WALMER CASTLE, WANDERER, WARRATAH, WATERLOO, WATERWITCH, WAVE OF LIFE, WELLINGTON, WENNINGTON, WEST AUSTRALIAN, WESTERN MONARCH, WHITE PINE, WHITEHALL, WILD DUCK, WILDWAVE, WILLIAM DAVIE, WILLIAM MANSON, WIMMERA, WINDSOR, WINDSOR CASTLE, WINDWARD, WINEFRED, WIRRAMINNA, WOODBURN, WOODVILLE, WOOLLAHRA, WORCESTER, WORTANNA, WYNAUD, YALLEJO, ZEALANDIA, ZEST and ZULIEKA and images of the following maritime subjects Woolloomooloo Bay, Circular Quay, sailing vessels, Ulladulla Harbour, view from McMahon's Point, ships at Walsh Bay, view from Sydney Observatory, Cuthbert's Slip, Sydney, three masted barques, derelict whaler at Hobart, steam ships, Neutral Bay, Darling Harbour, Sandridge Pier at Port Melbourne, Bennelong Point, view from Botanical Gardens, Sydney, portraits of ship officers, ASN slipway and workshop in Pyrmont and Sydney Cove.

    Mr Glassford was employed in shipping, an enthusiastic sailor, and was an active historian and collector of ship ephemera. He began his employment with Macdonald Hamilton & Co, agents for P&O (Peninsular & Oriental Steam & Navigation Company) in the 1930s. This was interrupted by WWII when he served in the Coast Artillery at South Head, achieving the rank of Captain. He returned to work with Macdonald Hamilton and became a Passenger Superintendent with P&O. He was also associated with the Royal Australian Historical Society, being a councillor over the period 1954-1957, and with the decline in passenger ships from the 1970s, he managed the Art Gallery society and was involved in early efforts to form the first Sydney Maritime Museum. Glassford also contributed to the publication of 'The Story of the EDWIN FOX' (Edwin Fox Restoration Society Inc., 1987).
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Collection of ship photographs and related ephemera.

    Web title: Collection of 209 items relating to William Glassford

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