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SS ZEALANDIA

Date: 1913
Dimensions:
Overall: 355 x 605 mm
Medium: Watercolour
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Art
Object Name: Painting
Object No: 00000440

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    Description
    A watercolour paiting of the steamship SS ZEALANDIA underway at sea, possibly leaving Sydney Harbour with South Head in the background. Painted by Fred Dawson, the ZEALANDIA was a passenger ship owned by Huddart Parker Limited and used as an Allied troop ship in both WW and WW2.
    SignificanceThe SS ZEALANDIA was a familiar sight in Australia from 1910 when she was involved in the trans Tasman route to NewZealnd. As a troop in both wars she travelled to Europe and Asia and was sunk with the loss of two crew members during the bombing of Darwin in 1942.
    HistoryThe SS ZEALANDIA was built in 1910 and owned by the Huddart Parker Limited. After being charted to the Union SS co. of New Zealand from the trans-Tasman run until 1913. She became a troop ship in WW1 and during this time she was involved in the transport of both Australian and troops from the United States to Europe.
    The ZEALANDIA was again requisitioned during WW2 but was kept on transport duty around Australia, the Pacific and Asia, most notably to Singapore and Timor.
    She was moored in Darwin on 19 February 1942 having transported an anti-tank company from Sydney. Before 10am that morning, the Japanese carried out an air attack ion Darwin. The SS ZEALANDIA was hit by falling bombs and accounts tell that once the stored ammunition on board began to explode, the ship was abandoned with the loss of two crew members while, 142 others survived.


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