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Photograph - "Sea Mites" Young children on board a ship

From the Collection of Mission to Seafarers Victoria 717 Flinders Street Docklands Victoria

Small monochrome photograph of two small children, a girl and a boy posed in front of the ship's wheel of a sailing vessel
H: 8cm x W: 10cm
Object Registration
shipboard life, seafarer families, aviss, catherine florence, martin frampton, elizabeth frampton, herbert aviss, children, catherine florence aviss nee frampton, wwi, world war one, great war, first world war, german, submarine, u boat, torpedo, spanish influenza, flu, pandemic
Historical information
The LHLG newsletter of 1918 features this image and notes that they accompanied their shipmaster father Captain Aviss, of the Barque Inverneill who with his wife Catherine Florence Aviss, travelling through dangerous European waters, brought the family of three children to visit Melbourne. The two children featured are Margaret and Ronald, born at sea in 1915. Their young sister, Ruth Neil, was also born at sea on the 27 August 1918. The family re-united with a first meeting for the children and grandparents, Captain and Mrs Frampton, who "had lost two ships to enemy submarines and were now on their third". The family participated in "a happy Communion service in our chapel , in which the parents and grandparents joined this formed the keystone of their visit to Melbourne". Unfortunately one year later in 1919 Mrs Aviss succumbed to influenza and a memorial plaque in her name unveiled in the chapel at the Mission.

The parents and grandparents left their names and signatures in the visitor book (0149) on the 28 April 1918.
When Made
One of the rare stories of seafarer visits illustrated with a photograph of the children of a family accustomed to life aboard ship. The impact of influenza also affected this family and others are recorded amongst the supporters of the Mission and reflects the widespread impact that the epidemic of the post WW1 period had on people, Mission activities and restrictions affecting public events.Both Framptons and Aviss are noted in the annals of the Cape Horne society.
Last updated
8 May 2020 at 9:08PM