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Sheath for Knife owned by James Conder

Date: c 1820 - 1860
Overall: 12 x 58 x 31 mm
Display Dimensions: 156 x 29 x 11 mm
Medium: Leather, gilt, brass
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Robert Murphy
Object Name: Sheath
Object No: 00005674
Place Manufactured:Sheffield

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    This sheath housed a kinfe said to have been issued by the colonial Victorian Navy. It was owned by James Conder, who served in this navy and later the RAN.
    SignificanceThis sheath is associated with the colonial Victorian Navy. It highlights the evolution of Australian naval defence.
    HistoryJames Conder served in the Victorian Colonial Navy and later the RAN. He is recorded as having been discharged from the AVENGER on the 3rd September 1890 in Melbourne, and from the ELLORA on the 29th March 1890. He was photographed as part of the ship's company on the CERBERUS. After the formation of the Royal Australian Navy, Conder served on the HMAS KATOOMBA, HMAS CHALLENGER, and HMAS PSYCHE.

    Conder's service record demonstrates the progression of Australian naval forces. Many of the ships he served upon have historical significance, including the CERBERUS, the KATOOMBA and the PSYCHE.

    The CERBERUS was a breastwork monitor, launched in 1868 as part of the Victorian Colonial Navy. She was transferred to the Commonwealth naval forces (later the RAN) in 1901, before being scuttled to be used as a breakwater in 1926 at Half-Moon Bay, Victoria, where she remains today.

    The PSYCHE was launched in 1898 as part of the imperial squadron, and was transferred to the RAN in 1915 before being sold for scrap in 1922.

    The KATOOMBA was one of seven vessels earmarked for the RAN, funded by both Britain and the colonies, with the passing of the Australian Naval Defence Act (1887).
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