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Paddle steamer TARELLA and barge

Date: 1908
Dimensions:
Overall: 86 x 137 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Piers Jones
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Postcard
Object No: 00017021
Related Place:Murray River,

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    Description
    This postcard features an photographic image taken by Harry B Williams. It shows the paddle steamer TARELLA with a large load of firewood at the bow deck, alongside a barge moored to the river bank loaded with cargo, possibly wheat. An empty barge and small screw steamer are in the background. The TARELLA was built by A H Landseer at Miland in 1897, intended for the Darling trade.

    The reverse of the postcard features a handwritten message, and is dated 17 June 1908.
    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.
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    Web title: Paddle steamer TARELLA and barge

    Primary title: UNTITLED (RIVER SCENE. PS "TARELLA" ALONGSIDE BARGE MOORED TO RIVER BANK. ONE CREW MEMBER WITH WHITE APRON AT BOW)

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