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Date: c 1909
Medium: Gouache and watercolour
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Watercolour
Object No: 00000045

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    This watercolour, attributed to George Frederick Gregory junior (1857-1913), shows a profile view of the coastal steamer TSS URALLA., built by Coopernook boatbuilder Dennis Sullivan for timber company AllenTaylor & Co.
    SignificanceThis painting attributed to the important Australian marine painter George Frederick Gregory junior shows a typical Australian coastal steamer from the early 1900s. These ships were the backbone of Australian coastal shipping and cargo movement in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
    HistoryTSS URALLA was a wooden screw steamer of 200 tons built in 1908 at Coopernook, north of Forster NSW, by Dennis Sullivan for Allen Taylor & Co for their passenger and cargo trade. Launched on 30 May URALLA was towed to Syndey to have its Scottish-built engines fitted by Wildridge and Sinclair. Allen Taylor & Co. wasestablished on the NSW north coast in 1893 by Allen Taylor (later Sir Allen) as a timber business. Taylor subsequently established mills and acquired ships - all allegedly built by Sullivan - to transport the timber to ports along the coast. URALLA operated mainly along the Bellinger and Nambucca Rivers and between Camden Haven and Sydney.

    URALLA was sold to the Illawarra & South Coast Steam Navigation Co. and renamed TILBA in 1911. In November 1912 TILBA was lost ashore at Wreck Bay on the south coast of NSW whilst on a passage from Narooma to Wollongong with a cargo of timber. The engine and boilers were salvaged and later installed in the BELMORE in 1914.

    This painting shows the URALLA passing a headland with lighthouse and flagstaff, most probably South Head in Sydney Harbour. A trading ketch is shown in the background. The ships flies the navy blue and white house flag of Allen Taylor & Co. - with the initials 'A' and 'T'.

    Note that there were two coastal steamers named URALLA - the later vessel was built in Scotland for the North Coast Steam Navigation Co. and steamed here in 1926. It was wrecked in 1928.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: TSS URALLA

    Primary title: TSS URALLA

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