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Surfers in Hawaii

Date: 1928
Dimensions:
Overall: 108 mm
Medium: Paper, ink.
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Photographs
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: 00003430

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    Description
    One of a set of thirty photographs taken while HMAS BRISBANE was on a cruise to Hawaii as part of the celebrtaion of the 150th anniversary pof Cook's vist to the islands.
    The postcard depicts a group of about six surfers and one body surfer, catching waves.
    SignificanceHMAS BRISBANE was erpresenting Australia duriung the visit to Hawaii in 1928 as part of the celebration commemorating the 150th anniversary of Captain Cook's visit to the islands.
    HistoryThe idea to celebrate the 150th year of Cook's visit to Hawaii was first raised by the Hawaiian Historical Society in 1925. After discussion it was decided in June 1926 that the idea be presented to the Legislature of the Territory of Hawaii where in February 1927 it was resolved;
    "That a Sesquicentennial celebration of the discovery of these islands be held during the week of August 15th to 19th, 1928, and that the Government of the Territory respectfully request to the President of the United States to extend a formal invitation to the Government of Britain asking their participation by sending a man-of-war, with delegates representing the Dominions most interested, and that the Federal Government be asked to send represent ivies for the occasion, with the presence of such units of the United States fleet as may be spared."
    - Thirty Sixth Annual Report of the Hawaiian Historical Society for the Year 1927 (with papers read at the annual meeting, February 14th 1928).

    In response to this request, the Royal Australian Navy sent HMAS BRISBANE, at that time a naval training vessel, to Hawaii.

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