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Photograph album of KATISHA

Date: 1933-1934
Overall: 292 x 230 mm, 136.89 g
Medium: Photograph, paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from the Estate of Roderick Glassford
Object Name: Photograph album
Object No: 00049283

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    The 6-metre single chine hull motor boat KATISHA is typical of recreation motorboats manufactured in Australia and abroad from the 1930s. Some were custom made on a limited production basis while others were made by amateur boat builders. While motorboating was gaining in popularity in the 1930s it was not yet available for the general public. Mass mass production of boats in the 1960s made this possible.
    SignificanceThis photograph of ATHENE compliments a plan of the vessel collected by Roderick Glassford and donated to the ANMM in June 2010. The KATISHE album documents an early recreational motor boat. This album and photograph are a documentary resource Australian recreational boating in the early 20th century and highlight the role of collecting images by an avid sailing ship enthusiast and maritime heritage collector.
    HistoryThe donor Roderick Winchcombe Glassford (1920-1995) commenced work with Macdonald Hamilton & Co, agents for P&O in the 1930s. During World War Two 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.

    Deeply interested in maritime history, Glassford owned a yacht and was a prolific collector of objects and books. 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.

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