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Thursday Island harbour

Date: 1900-1920
Overall: 151 x 200 mm
Medium: Silver gelatin print
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Robert D McKilliam
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: ANMS0227[056]

User Terms

    A black and white photograph of the harbour at Thursday Island, Waiben, north Queensland. The township is laid out to the right and a number of various sized vessels are moored in the harbour on the left.
    The title of the photograph is 'Thursday Island'.

    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.
    HistoryKnown locally as Waiben, Captain Stanley from HMS RATTLESNAKE named Thursday Island in 1848.
    Thursday Island soon became a European settlement for administration and industry due mainly to the ptroliferation of the pearling industry. The colony of Queensland annexed the islands in 1879 and by 1883 over 200 pearling vessels were based in the harbour.

    Additional Titles

    Collection title: Thursday Island harbour

    Assigned title: View of scattered houses at seafront at lower right is building with corrugated iron roofs, at lower centre are two masted sailing vessel beached on sand, above is long jetty into bay at Thursday Island

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