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HMS CHALLENGER in Wellington Harbour, New Zealand

Date: 1906
Overall: 464 x 567 x 1 mm, 40 g
Medium: Paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Robert Murphy
Object Name: Newspaper supplement
Object No: 00027935
Place Manufactured:Wellington

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    This newspaper supplement from the New Zealand Mail features a double page spread titled 'HMS CHALLENGER, second class twin-screw cruiser, 50,000 tons 12,000 HP (Captain J R Bridson), at present in Wellington Harbour'.

    The supplement features 13 captioned black-and-white photographic images of CHALLENGER and the ship's company. HMS CHALLENGER appears at the centre, with photographs of the officers and men, the full complement on deck, and life aboard CHALLENGER - including sailors tailoring and lining up for 'grog'.
    SignificanceThis newspaper supplement relates to 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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