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Sydney Harbour Bridge Developing & Printing company envelope

Date: 1936
Dimensions:
Overall: 154 x 85 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Dianne Charge
Classification:Tools and equipment
Object Name: Envelope
Object No: 00049240
Related Place:Fiji,

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    Description
    An envelope for holding photographic negatives from the Sydney Harbour Bridge Developing & Printing company. On the front of the envelope there is an image of a camera on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

    The envelope was with a photo album with photographs and ephemera from a 1936 passenger cruise to Fiji on the P&O line STRATHNAVER.
    SignificanceThe album is a rare example of a complete, intact, scrapbook album style passenger's record of a pacific cruise voyage in the 1930s. It is also rare as it includes original personal photographs as well as cruise line ephemera.

    The album's photographs, postcards, ship menus and other ephemera documents the early twentieth century enthusiasm for cruises in exotic locations that provided many Australians with experiences of Indigenous cultures.
    HistoryThis Sydney Harbour Bridge Developing & Printing company envelope has an image of a camera on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge with the following text;

    Better Results, Better Service Sydney Harbour Bridge Developing & Printing Same - Day Service by W.H. Butcher 17a Pitt Street Circular Quay, Sydney. The envelope contained 5 photographs and 10 negatives.

    The envelope was with a photo album with photographs and ephemera from a 1936 passenger cruise to Fiji on the P&O line STRATHNAVER.

    The album contains menus, postcards, a book mark, other cruise ephemera and personal photographs, probably from a box-brownie style camera, of a July 1936 cruise to Fiji by Eric Saxton.

    There are also some loose photographs, a folder of negatives, and a packet of postcards titled 'Beautiful Brisbane'. In the front there is a large print of the cruise ship STRATHNAVER and the album contains annotated photographs of 'Native Markets', 'Firewalkers' and other Fijian scenes. There is also a section on a day tour conducted to the Blackall Ranges in Queensland.

    Launched in 1931, the STRATHNAVER was a Royal Mail Ship and ocean liner operated by the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O). It was the first of a series of Strath class ocean liners built in the 1930s by the Vickers-Armstrong shipyard, in Barrow-in-Furness, then in Lancashire. The STRATHNAVER was the sister ship of the RMS STRATHAIRD, with both ships serving the Australian mail route. The ships became known as The White Sisters, being the first P&O liners to be painted with white hulls and yellow funnels.

    Two further Strath class ships, slightly larger and with only one funnel, the STRATHMORE and the STRATHEDEN, joined them on the Sydney run from the mid 1930s. A fifth ship, the STRATHALLAN, was completed in 1938 and requisitioned as a troop ship in World War II.

    Increasing unreliability of the older pair of Strath liners led P&O to replace them both with the SS CANBERRA in 1961.



    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Negative envelope

    Web title: Sydney Harbour Bridge Developing & Printing company envelope

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