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James Conder and fellow cast members of HMS Pinafore

Date: December 1917
Dimensions:
Overall: 162 x 208 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Robert Murphy
Classification:Photographs
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: 00016918
Place Manufactured:Australia

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    Description
    This portrait features James Conder and his fellow cast members of HMS Pinafore at the first passing out of cadet midshipmen at the Royal Australian Naval College in December 1917. According to an original program (00017856) the cast includes (from left):

    Standing - O S Hamerton as Rt. Hon. Sir Joseph Porter; James Conder as Bill Bobstay; S A J Franklin as Dick Deadeye; I SS A Mcalpine as Captain Corcoran; R E H Drewitt as unknown character [either Bob Becket or Ralph Rackstraw].
    Seated - unidentified woman as Miss Josephine; Mrs Vasey as Mrs Cripps (or Little Buttercup); Mrs Holliday as Cousin Hebe.
    Seated ground - unidentified man as an unknown character [either Bob Becket or Ralph Rackstraw].
    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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