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Motor boat QUEENSLAND at the 1912 Motor Boat Championship, Sydney Harbour

Date: 13 January 1912
Medium: Emulsion on glass
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Transfer from the Mitchell Library
Classification:Photographs
Object Name: Glass plate negative
Object No: 00012234
Place Manufactured:Sydney
Related Place:Sydney Harbour,

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    Brisbane boat QUEENSLAND was owned by James Clark, known as the 'Pearl King', and lost to Sydney boat KANGAROO (A.T. Horden). According to the Sydney Morning Herald, 15/01/1912, page 5, QUEENSLAND and KANGAROO were the only two boats competing.
    SignificanceThe Hall photographic collection provides an important pictorial record of recreational boating in Sydney Harbour from the 1890s to the 1930s. The collection documents the lively sailing scene in Sydney during this period and features images of vessels ranging from large racing and cruising yachts to the great array of skiffs and the emerging technologies of motorboats. Images of the many spectators and crowds who supported and followed the sailing races are also included in this visual record.
    HistoryYachting was a major pastime on Sydney Harbour, and well-established by the mid-1800s. A number of clubs were formed, catering for all classes and types of sailing vessel, and for their owners from different backgrounds. As technologies developed, speed boats and motor launch enthusiasts added to the throngs of sailors on Sydney Harbour. Vessels tended to belong to successful businessmen, and their clubs such as the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron reflected the class structure of the time.

    Races were held throughout summertime, and in Sydney most were restricted to Sydney Harbour and other enclosed waterways, with occasional short offshore events. It was popular with the public who came to watch many important races and regattas when they were held on the harbour, gathering on the foreshores or watching from ferries that followed the races.


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    Web title: Motor boat QUEENSLAND at the 1912 Motor Boat Championship, Sydney Harbour

    Primary title: MOTOR BOAT FROM QUEENSLAND, MOTOR BOAT CHAMPIONSHIP on Sydney Harbour, INSC 307

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