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Photo of Churchill Island Cannon - "1967 New Years Eve" (on back)

From the Collection of Churchill Island Heritage Farm 246 Samuel Amess Drive Newhaven Victoria

Framed colour photo of Churchill Island cannon firing on New Years Eve 1967.
photo inside mounting: 17.8 cm w x 12.6 h outside frame: 27.8 cm w X 22.6 cm h
Object Registration
cannon, samuel amess, jenkins, margaret campbell, churchill island, shenandoah, cleeland, woolamai house
Historical information
The cannon dates from the 1870s during Samuel Amess's ownership of Churchill Island. He claimed it was a gift from Captain Waddell of the Confederate raiding ship "Shenandoah", but research has proven this to be unlikely. It may have been given to Amess by Captain John Cleeland of "Woolamai House".
The cannon was fired every New Years Eve during the Jenkins and Campbell eras (1936-1972).
The cannon is apparently of European origin from c. 1850s and has been in the Churchill Island garden since the 1870s or 1880s. It does not seem to have been fired regularly until the Jenkins era (1936-63) and also the Campbell era (1963-72) when it was fired each New Year's Eve to see in the new year. It has always been considered an important part of the garden, as evidenced by the many photographs in the CIHF collection dating from the 1890s which include family and friends posing at the cannon.
Inscriptions & Markings
Label on back of frame: "1967 New Years Eve"/ "from John Brown '97"
Last updated
3 Mar 2017 at 10:12AM