Historical information

"BARAMBAH A37 HMAT" Australian Government / 1912 built as the "Hobart" a cargo steamship for/ the German-Australian line, Hamburg. In 1914 seized at Melbourne and refitted as a Troop transport, renamed "Barambah" and given the prefix A37. Remained in such capacity until 23 May 1918 then transferred to Commonwealth Government Line of Steamers fleet. In early 1925 sold to North German Lloyd, Bremen and renamed "Justin", until scrapped May 1935. The original photograph was by J.E. Barnes of Kew who was also known as the embarkation photographer ( see also Kew Historical Society entries on Vic Collections)


This photograph of significance and interest as it is believed to be Port Melbourne in 1914 quite close to the Mission to Seamen at PM who may have had the mission facilities used by the crew of this ship. It shows: the nature of a small steamship used for troop movement 1914, also some of the family groups gathered to farewell loved ones departing for action during WW1.

Physical description

Black and white landscape orientation photographic print of steam ship at dock with crowds of people waiting dockside. The print is housed in a plain black frame with glazing, mountboard support with composite board backing 4 removable clips and hanging system composite backing with angled freestanding foot.

Inscriptions & markings

printed Label on back of print and handwritten label on back of frame:
" BARAMBAH / A37 HMAT / Australian Government / 1912 built as the Hobart a cargo steamship for/ the German-Australian line, Hamburg...." (see also History and Significance this record for full details)