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Regatta Day, Stephenson Bend, Launceston

Date: c 1907
Overall: 87 x 136 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Postcard
Object No: 00002914
Place Manufactured:Launceston

User Terms

    This postcard features a hand coloured printed photograph of the Regatta Day held at Stephenson Bend, Launceston, in 1907. Postcards were produced as souvenirs to commemorate public events such as this regatta, a social and recreational activity in the region. This card depicts a large crowd of spectators gathered to watch the vessels sail on the bay. It was sent to a resident in Darling Point, Sydney on 27 June 1907 and was printed in Great Britain.
    SignificanceThis postcard represents the recreational and social nature of regattas in Australia during the early 20th century.
    HistoryLaunceston's first regatta was held in 1840 and attracted large crowds. It featured seven races with awards for the competitors. It was initially held at Stephenson's Bend before it moved to the Royal Park in 1925. The event incorporated a range of vessels including rowing sculls, sail boats and yachts.

    Regattas were central to competitive boating in the 19th century and functioned as a social and sporting occasion as well as a marker of official anniversaries in a public aquatic spectacle. Civic leaders, politicians and merchants offered patronage and sponsorship. Community regattas often featured several races, including rowing, sculling and sailing events usually for professional watermen and amateurs. The regatta was not just a means for exercising competitive sport but a focus for social and recreational entertainment. The day of racing was accompanied by events such as picnics, dances and recitals.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: Regatta Day, Stephenson Bend, Launceston


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