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Studio photograph of James Conder and friends

Date: c 1900
Overall: 138 x 101 x 1 mm, 5 g
Medium: Albumen print on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Robert Murphy
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: 00027934

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    This studio photograph depicts James Conder and three friends, who were affectionately known together as 'The Four Musketeers'. It is believed Conder's three friends went on to fight in the Boer War.
    SignificanceThis photograph depicts James Bryance Conder, whose naval career spanned four different navies in the service of Australia between 1891 and 1937.
    HistoryJames (Jim) Bryance Conder was one of thousands of Australian sailors who helped to shape Australia's naval history. His naval career, interspersed with periods ashore, illustrates all stages in the transition from British control of Australia's naval defence to full local responsibility with the formation of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). It also shows what a strong imprint the Royal Navy had on the RAN.

    Conder joined the Royal Navy in Australia in 1891 aged 19 having sailed in the merchant ships ELLORA and AVENGER over the previous two years. He served on HMS ORLANDO, HMVS CERBERUS, HMVS NELSON, gunboat HMVS ALBERT, HMS KATOOMBA, HM Ships CHALLENGER and PSYCHE.

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