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ANMM Collection reproduced courtesy Leigh Purcell

Civilian men and officers on board HMS ANCHORITE

Date: 1946-1962
Overall: 100 x 125 mm
Medium: Film based negative
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Leigh Purcell
Object Copyright: ©Leigh Purcell
Object Name: Negative
Object No: ANMS1404[052]

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    This photograph depicts a group of men gathered around the periscope inside the Royal Navy submarine HMS ANCHORITE. A civilian man in a suit is looking through the periscope, while two men in naval uniform stand to one side, both holding and looking at some papers. Their sleeve insignia are visible and indicate the officers are a Lieutenant and a Lieutenant Commander. Other crew are partially visible in the background, amongst the submarine's various controls and equipment. The civilian man is probably from Amalgamated Wireless Australasia (AWA).
    SignificanceThese photographic negatives were taken by Australian commercial photographer Gervaise Purcell from the late 1940s to the early 1960s. They represent his work for clients such as swimwear manufacturer Jantzen, as well as retail giants David Jones and Hordern Brothers, cruise ship operators the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O), radio technology manufacturer Amalgamated Wireless Australasia (AWA) and tourism operator Ansett Airways. Many of the images were taken with a Graflex Crown Graphic camera in the 1950s.
    HistoryHMS ANCHORITE was an Amphion-class submarine of the Royal Navy. It was built by Vickers Armstrong of Barrow-in-Furness and launched in January 1946. It was designed for service in the Pacific and in June 1953, ANCHORITE took part in the Fleet Review. In 1960, the submarine hit an uncharted rock in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland, New Zealand. Between 1955 and 1960, sections of the vessel were rebuilt.
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    Assigned title: Photographic negative showing the periscope inside the submarine HMS ANCHORITE

    Collection title: Gervaise Purcell photographic collection

    Web title: Civilian men and officers on board HMS ANCHORITE

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