Historical information

Sir Reginald Alexander Dallas Brooks (1896–1966), State Governor of Victoria 1949 - 1963 was the Patron of the Mission and guest speaker at a special fundraising dinner held to commemorate the centenary of a mission to seamen in Victoria. The image depicts the State Governor flanked by Archbishop of Melbourne and E.B.Coles, Chairman of the Mission, presenting a cheque as donation, at the centenary dinner.

The photograph was published in the 1956 Annual Report (page 5).


The Centenary dinner held in 1956 marked a key milestone in the maintenance of services to seafarers in Victoria. The State Governor presence as special guest and speaker helped to launch a key fundraising drive that was much needed.

Physical description

large rectangular b/w photograph in landscape format depicting three men on the left a clergyman, centre a man with a moustache in a dark suit and on right man in a light suit and wearing spectacles seems to be presenting a cheque.