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Menu for the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce Annual Luncheon on board QGS LUCINDA.

Date: 12 June 1912
Dimensions:
Height: 182mm, width: 122mm.
Medium: Ink on paper, ribbon.
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Menu
Object No: ANMS0518[001]

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    Description
    Menu for the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce Annual Luncheon held in Queensland on board QGS LUCINDA 1912.
    SignificanceQGS LUCINDA holds an important place in the development of Australia as a nation as it was on board this vessel that the draft constitution for the Commonwealth of Australia was drawn up in 1891. Shipboard menus such as these were often printed to be souvenirs and were collected as mementos of their travels by crew and passengers. Many shipping companies produced their own series of collectable menus with themes such as exotic destinations or historic events.
    HistoryThe Queensland State Government Steamer LUCINDA was an iron-hulled, paddle-wheeled vessel built by William Denny and Son in Dumbarton in 1884. LUCINDA was the Queensland Government launch from 1885 until 1925, hosting cabinet meetings and entertaining guests such as the Duke and Duchess of York in 1901. Perhaps the most notable event to take place onboard occured on 27 March 1891 when a sub-committee tasked with drawing up a draft constitution for the Commonwealth of Australia boarded LUCINDA. Samuel Griffith, Charles Kingston and Edmund Barton were among the group. LUCINDA was later used as a mailship and coal lighter before ending service in 1932.

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