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Collection of 41 personal items belonging to Captain Robert McKilliam

Date: 1861 - 1934
Medium: Paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Robert Laurence and Robert D McKilliam
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Archive series
Object No: ANMS0228

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    Description
    This collection of 41 personal items belonged to Captain Robert Basil Vincent McKilliam. The series consists of one cash account for Mary H McKilliam, Scotland; one Birth certificate of Robert Basil Vincent McKilliam; two calling and two greeting cards; two Wills for Robert Basil Vincent McKilliam and one Will for Mary Helen McKilliam; four postcards sent to Captain McKilliam; one newspaper clipping; two marriage certificates; 25 letters and 19 envelopes addressed to Robert McKilliam from family and friends.
    The collection spans the period 1861 – 1954.
    HistoryScottish-born Captain Robert Basil Vincent McKilliam served in the Aberdeen White Star Line between 1876 and 1908. A native of Aberdeen, he was apprenticed at 14. He served under famous clipper captains like Robert Kemball and on famous clippers like THERMOPYLAE and SALAMIS, mostly in the Britain-to-Australia service. He also served in the modern steamers of the day. After 32 years he retired from the sea and soon after, in 1910, he married. In 1913 he brought his family to live in Sydney. Appointed Assistant Manager of Darling Island Wharf, he worked as a superintendent stevedore in Sydney from World War One up to the Great Depression. He died at his home in North Sydney in 1934.
    Additional Titles

    Collection title: McKilliam family collection

    Web title: Collection of 41 personal items belonging to Captain Robert McKilliam

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