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Civilian man interviewing a crew member on HMS ANCHORITE

Date: 1946-1962
Overall: 125 x 100 mm
Medium: Film based negative
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Leigh Purcell
Object Copyright: ©Leigh Purcell
Object Name: Negative
Object No: ANMS1404[055]

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    This photograph depicts a civilian man interviewing a Royal Navy crew member in front of the turret on top of the Royal Navy submarine HMS ANCHORITE, with another crew member observing. The civilian man is wearing a suit and a life vest and is holding a microphone with a long cord. The civilian and man being interviewed are standing in front of an entrance hatch on the turret, which has the ship's badge and bell mounted above it. 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.
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Photographic negative showing men standing on the outside of the submarine HMS ANCHORITE

    Web title: Civilian man interviewing a crew member on HMS ANCHORITE

    Collection title: Gervaise Purcell photographic collection

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