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MV MANUNDA, Adelaide Steamship Company, napkin ring.

Date: 1932 - 1956
Overall: 25 x 45 x 45 mm
Medium: Metal: Electro-plated nickle silver
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Tools and equipment
Object Name: Napkin ring
Object No: 00007232
Place Manufactured:Sydney

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    This napkin ring was collected as a souvenir from MV MANUNDA, a passenger liner within the Adelaide Steamship Company's passenger fleet. The interstate passenger ship MANUNDA operated winter cruises to Fiji and Noumea.
    SignificanceThis napkin ring is a good example of the types of souvenirs produced for and used aboard passenger vessels in the 20th century, on the Australian route.
    HistoryThe MANUNDA was a 9915-ton passenger ship built in Glasgow in 1929 for the Adelaide Steamship Co. On 22 July 1940 the vessel was recommissioned as a hospital ship and remodelled. It became well known in the war years for its duties bringing wounded Australian soldiers home from the Middle East on four trips between 1940 and 1941. The ship was also present in Darwin on 19 February 1942 when the city was bombed by Japanese aircraft. The ship's medical and nursing quarters were completely destroyed during this attack. After repairs MANUNDA was the first ship to arrive in Singapore after the Japanese surrender. It collected ex-prisoners from the camp at Changi and carried them to Labuan Island where they could recover and later be flown home to Australia.

    The Adelaide Steamship Company was founded in 1857 when a group of businessmen saw the opportunity to capitalise on the Adelaide to Melbourne shipping route. Two ships were ordered from England and the company soon established itself on the coastal shipping scene. Over time, the Adelaide Steamship Company extended its routes around Australia, bought out other companies, expanded its fleet and eventually became one of Australia's most powerful and enduring shipping concerns.
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: MV MANUNDA, Adelaide Steamship Company, napkin ring.

    Collection title: Rice collection

    Web title: Souvenir napkin ring from MV MANUNDA

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