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Adults on the balcony of Parliament House, Canberra

Date: c 1934
Overall: 44 x 68 mm
Medium: Silver gelatin print
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Robert D McKilliam
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: ANMS0227[023]

User Terms

    A black and white photograph of three men and a woman looking from balcony of large white building. An inscription on the back reads 'Walking on the top of Parliament House. '
    It is likely that the man on the far right is Captain Robert McKilliam.

    SignificanceThis image is a part of the Captain Robert McKilliam collection. Captain McKilliam worked for the Aberdeen White Star Line for 32 years and sailed aboard such famous clipper ships as SALAMIS and THERMOPYLAE. He moved to Sydney in 1913 where he served as Assistant Wharf Master on Darling Island.
    HistoryAberdeen-born Robert McKilliam joined the Aberdeen White Star Line as an apprentice aged 14. He served under famous clipper captains like Kemball, on famous clippers like THERMOPYLAE and SALAMIS, and in well known Aberdeen line steamers, mostly in the Britain-to-Australia service.
    After 32 years he retired from the sea. He married soon afterwards in 1910, and in 1913 brought his family to live in Sydney. Appointed Assistant Manager of Darling Island Wharf, he worked as a superintendent stevedore during a period when the waterside union gradually emerged from strikes and fragmentation during and after World War One, to a position of strength before the collapse of the Great Depression.
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Three men and a woman looking from balcony of Parliment house, Canberra, one of the men is Captian McKilliam

    Primary title: Adults on the balcony of Parliament House, Canberra

    Collection title: McKilliam family collection

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