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Schooner WANDERER sailing near Fort Denison, Sydney Harbour

Date: c 1929
Medium: Emulsion on glass
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Transfer from the Mitchell Library
Classification:Photographs
Object Name: Glass plate negative
Object No: 00011858
Place Manufactured:Sydney
Related Place:Fort Denison,

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    Description
    This vessel is the schooner WANDERER, built by W. Holmes in 1925. Construction work on the Sydney Harbour Bridge can be seen in the background. See also image 00002575 for a photograph of WANDERER taken on the same day.
    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 many of Sydney Harbour's iconic vessels 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. Yachts 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. Races were widely reported in the media as well, including drawn illustrations of the yachts, which were later replaced by early versions of photographs.


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    Web title: Schooner WANDERER sailing near Fort Denison, Sydney Harbour

    Primary title: SCHOONER AT FORT DENISON, INSC 3081

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