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Washing clothes on deck

Date: 1920s
Overall: 71 x 114 mm
Medium: Silver gelatin print
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Margaret Kiley-Balas
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: ANMS0831[006]

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    This black and white photograph depicts a group of sailors washing clothes on the deck of a naval vessel. Wooden buckets are also on the deck, and washing is hung out to dry. The photograph belonged to John Berchmans Kiley who served in the Royal Australian Navy.
    SignificanceThis photograph offers a pictorial record of life aboard Royal Australian Navy ships in the 1920s. It illustrates the mundane chore of washing clothes in the setting of a naval ship's deck.
    HistoryJohn Berchmans Kiley was born on 29 January 1910 and joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1925. He began his naval service on HMAS TINGIRA, a ship for boy sailors moored at Rose Bay in Sydney, where he trained for 15 months. He went on to join HMAS SYDNEY and travelled to England, returning home on HMAS AUSTRALIA. Kiley also served in HMAS MELBOURNE, and undertook four years of training at HMAS CERBERUS studying a range of gunnery courses. Kiley reached the rank of Leading Seaman, and to his great disappointment was invalidated out of the navy around 1930 due to respiratory illness.
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Photograph of sailors washing clothes on deck

    Web title: Washing clothes on deck

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