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Darling River scene at Wilcannia

Date: c 1903
Dimensions:
Overall: 88 x 138 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Piers Jones
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Postcard
Object No: 00017005
Place Manufactured:Darling
Place Manufactured:Australia
Related Place:Darling,

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    Description
    This postcard features a photograph of the paddle steamer MOIRA travelling up the Darling River, passing under the vertical span bridge at Wilcannia, New South Wales. To the left is another paddle steamer, possibly TARELLA, with a barge. Handwritten on the front of the card is '... much love and best wishes for a merry xmas and happy NewYear from all at Mena Muster to you all'.

    The MOIRA was built near Echuca in 1875 for Luth and Riddell, and was burnt to total loss on 18 March 1904.
    SignificanceThe Harry Brisbane Williams photographic collection provides an interesting record of a range of activities on Sydney Harbour from the 1890s into the 1920s. An enthusiastic amateur boater and photographer, Williams’ photographs capture a range of subjects – pleasure cruising on his motor launch on the Lane Cove River, yachting on Sydney Harbour, foreshore social activities, surf lifesaving, cargo ships, battle cruisers of the United States fleet, model yachting and the shipbuilding industry. In particular, they are a wonderful personal record of the new phenomenon of leisure motor boating in the early twentieth century.
    HistoryHarry (Henry) Brisbane Williams was born in 1869 in Brisbane, Queensland, and later lived in Balmain and Point Piper - both on Sydney Harbour. Williams was an enthusiastic amateur boater, and took his motor launch SABLE on numerous excursions around Sydney Harbour and the Lane Cove River. He was the photographer for the Water Board of New South Wales, and was a keen amateur artist - becoming friends with a number of prominent Sydney artists including Alfred Coffey.

    Williams' photographs held in the museum's collection date from the 1890s into the 1950s. His images depict a range of vessels, from passenger ships, cargo ships, Royal Australian Navy vessels, United States Navy battle cruisers, yachts, motor launches, sailing ships, tugboats, ferries, row boats and even paddle steamers on the Darling and Murray Rivers. Williams captures a range of social activities, including Fleet Week celebrations, rowing sculls, surf life saving, picnics, pleasure cruising and swimming. He also photographed a range of ship building activities, dry docks, slip ways and waterfront construction.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: UNTITLED (DARLING RIVER SCENE AT WILCANNIA. PS "TARELLA'[?] ON LEFT WITH BARGE ["EMERALD"?] MOORED ALONGSIDE. PS "MOIRA" MIDSTREAM PASSING UNDER BRIDGE)

    Web title: Darling River scene at Wilcannia

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