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Date: c 1937
Overall: 375 x 740 x 200 mm, 4.1 kg
Medium: Wood, metal, wire, cotton, varnish
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Ship model
Object No: 00018501
Place Manufactured:Lake Macquarie

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    This model shows the paddle steamer SOPHIA JANE a two masted single funnel paddle steamer which was the first steam driven vessel to arrive in the country in 1831.
    SignificanceThis is a model of the first steamship to operate in Australia and has particular relevance for the port of Newcastle and the north coast of Sydney.
    HistoryCaptain Robert Gardiner was retired and around 70 years old when he made this 'waterline' model at his guesthouse 'Lakeview' at Wangi, Lake Macquarie in the late 1930s. Gardiner was a New Zealand born sailor.

    The SOPHIA JANE was a significant vessel as it was the first steamship in Australian waters, arriving from England in 1831. The attached plaque records the details of the ship's arrival under Captain R Biddulph RN.

    The 150 ton vessel had 50 horsepower engines and was built in England in 1826 by Barnes and Miller for the coastal and French passenger trade. It was then bought for speculative sale in the Australian colonies. It operated on the Australian coastal run between Sydney, Newcastle and Morpeth for about ten years and was finally broken up in 1842.
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Sailor's waterline model of the paddle steamer SOPHIA JANE

    Web title: SOPHIA JANE

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