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Mission to Seafarers Victoria Docklands, Victoria

For their safe and efficient operations, ships depend on seafarers working far from their home and family for months, sometimes years and often in harsh, isolated and dangerous conditions. The Mission to Seafarers Victoria supports seafarers in the most practical way, by provision of support. Mission to Seafarers is an international organisation that began in 1836, with 26 facilities operating in Australia.

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717 Flinders Street Docklands Victoria 3008 (map)
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+61 03 96297083

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Opening Hours

9am-10pm

Entry Fee

Free

Location

717 Flinders Street Docklands Victoria

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The collection focus is on the Mission to Seafarers Victoria organisational history and the communities surrounding it - seafarers, the Anglican chaplaincy and philanthropic groups, such as the Ladies Habour Lights Guild. The collection spans from the late 1800s to the present day. It comprises documents, books, photographs and objects.

Significance

The Mission to Seafarers' heritage collection and building is of at least state significance (architectural). The buildings and several collection items are listed on the Victorian Heritage Register (H1496) and the National Trust Register (B4588) due to their representativeness of the Arts and Crafts and Spanish Mission styles. The collection holds historical significance because of its importance to Australia's cultural history through its representation of national maritime welfare and migration themes. The collection holds social/spiritual significance as a place of strong or special association with national and international seafaring community, and with the national and international Anglican Church movement and prominent philanthropic groups and individuals.

Margaret 12 October 2016 5:42 PM

I am researching a Mariner who arrived allegedly on the "Essex" - date unknown but it would have been before 1872 when he married at the Fitzroy Registry Office. His name was Alexander Bothwell from Aberdeen Scotland. Would there be any records going back that far? Do you research for queries ? If so, how much ? Thanks.

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Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

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Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Photograph - Seaplane

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Black and white photograph of a seaplane tied to the dock. There are a number of buildings in the background and some rippling on the water.

Historical information

Alan Charles Quinn went to sea as a 16 year old and photographed his work and the places he visited. This photograph is one object from the Alan Charles Quinn Collection consisting of a number of photograph albums and letters written to and from his mother.

Inscriptions & Markings

Blue/green ink, handwritten on reverse: "20.0.49" Handwritten on page from original photograph album: "Private seaplane tied to dock - Brooklyn"

Photograph - Three Seafarers

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Black and white gloss photograph depicts three Asian seafarers socialising at the Mission, Melbourne.

Significance

Visual record of club activities at the Mission to Seafarers, 717 Flinders Street, Melbourne mid 20th C.

Visitor log book 29/10/05 to 08/05/06

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Mottled black and blue spiral bound notebook with ruled columns designating date, name, ship, nationality and signature.

Historical information

This book reflects the changed nationalities of sailors on visiting ships with many being from the Asian subcontinent and South-East Asia.

Significance

The logbook provides an insight into which ships and the origins of their crews were visiting Melbourne in 2005-2006

Inscriptions & Markings

On a yellow post-it note stuck to the cover are the words: "Melbourne Visitors Log 29/10/05 to 08/05/06"

Photograph - Women in their coat at the beach

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Memorial Plaque - Amy Brown Memorial Plaque

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Small plaque mounted on wooded board.

Historical information

Amy Brown passed away in September 1974 and had been a member of the Harbour Lights Guild and the Flying Angel League since 1907 and Secretary of the Flying Angel League for many years.

Inscriptions & Markings

In memory of Amy Brown For her lifetime of devoted service to the Mission 26th September, 1974

Visitor log book

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

5cm thick clothbound notebook containing the names, ships' names and addresses of visiting sailors.

Historical information

Visiting sailors, both merchant marine and naval, signed in to the mission. This visitor's Book was presented to Mission to Seafarers, Williamstown by Miss Betty McAleese, as per inscription on the front page.

Significance

The logbook provides an insight into which ships and the origins of their crews were visiting Melbourne and or Williamstown in 1945-1947

Inscriptions & Markings

The front cover has the words Visitors Book embossed on it. Handwritten on a label on the red spine are the words Williamstown MTS Visitors 1945-7

Black and white framed photograph of s.s. "Diomed" - s.s. Diomed

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A black and white photograph of a ship at sea, the s.s. "Diomed", in a glazed, thin, black, wooden frame: verso detailed labels and information on torn brown-paper backing. String hanging system.

Historical information

The s.s.'Diomed' was the last of the Blue Funnel Line's coal-burning cargo ships. Launched in 1922 she made her last voyage from Australia to England in 1952 where she was broken up. The ship had been in service in Australia for thirty years, and as a parting gesture the ship's bell was presented to the Mission to Seafarers, Victoria by Alfred Holt & Co, the ship's owner in 1953 (see MTSV 0084 for the catalogue record of the ship's bell).

Significance

Lay reader, Randall Stewart Murray, was a regular visitor to the s.s. Diomed over a number of years and accepted the offer of the ships brass bell when the ship was being broken up. This bell is on display at the Mission.

Inscriptions & Markings

Three labels. Label 1, Blue funnel line description of four ships. Label 2, "deans" framer's label with hand-written numbers: D13290 and 239/021. Label 3, Seabridge Australia Pty Ltd with donor details.

Quinn Letter - Letter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Two page letter (0310.A1-A2) written in 1945 on beige blank paper in black ink and envelope (0310.B)

Historical information

Letter from Allan Quinn to his mother written in 1945 in which Allen tells his mother about visiting with his father and aunt.

Significance

This letter is of historical, social and interpretive significance as it provides information about the life of a seaman during the mid 20th century.

Inscriptions & Markings

Envelope: "Mrs S. Quinn/San Lorenzo/63 O0cean Beach/Manly N.S.W/Australia" Two postage stamps in the top right corner.

Photograph - Chapel of the Siddeley Street Institute

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Small monochrome photograph of interior of chapel at Siddeley Street Institute

Programme - Centenary Victoria Melbourne 1934-1935: Centenary Thanksgiving Service

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A 4-page buff-coloured programme produced for the Centenary Thanksgiving Service held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday 14th October 1934. The official Melbourne Centenary insignia is featured on the front above the heading with some of the attendees listed below. Printed on the back under the heading 'Notification' is information concerning the arrangements for the day. The Order of Service is printed on page 2 and 3.

Historical information

Several items were given by a seafarer, Mr Nicholas Garlick (1926-2009) into the care of Father Brady who retired from St Pauls Cathedral, Melbourne in 2018. Father Brady later donated the collection of; objects, documents and an extensive collection of cruise ship menus (1937-end of 20thC) to the Mission via the intermediary William Hastie, volunteer at the Mission for Seafarers.

Leaflet - Prayers and Thanksgiving

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Document - Letters from Port of Melbourne Authority

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Photograph - On the Australian Wharf

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

On the Australian wharf two horses, steam ship, two men one siting on a barrel. Across the Yarra river: docks and in the background, the Robur Tea House.

Inscriptions & Markings

Number 6 indicating the photograph was on album page 1543.

Letter - Letter to Lillie from Len

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Letter addressed to Miss L Duncan, 11 Paxton St, East Malvern, Melbourne, Australia from Len in three parts: Part 1.1 (0096.1) Envelope Part 1.2 (0096.2) Letter Part 1.3 (0096.3) Photograph Both the envelope and the letter are creamy yellow in colour with black curly writing on one side. The letter begins with "Dear Lillie, Many thanks for the photo you sent me..." and concludes with "I remain yours very sincerely, Len"

Historical information

The "letters to Lillie" show the international nature of the Mission to Seafarers. They are an important display of the handwriting style of the time, revealing courting attempts and give us an insight into life in 1925.

Significance

Lillie Duncan was a member of the Harbour Lights Guild and this letter forms part of a collection of letters sent to her by different seafarers.

Inscriptions & Markings

The envelope is torn across the top for access to its contents. It has one stamp on the top right hand corner both with the text "New Zealand One Penny Universal Postage"

Quinn Letter - Letter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Two-page, single-sided letter on unlined paper (0354.a1, 0354.a2) written 'at sea' dated 01/05/47. The stamped, pale blue correo aereo envelope (0354.b) incorporates a horizontal dark blue stripe and a red stripe.

Significance

Quinn Collection

Set of two flyers and one letter - Sea Sunday October 20th 1985

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

One letter (1490.a) and two flyers (b and c) a. A covering letter dated September 1985 to Anglican congregations and their representative on Mission letterhead with a typed message headed Sea Sunday' from Michael Chin, Senior Chaplain. b. Monotone flyer with red colour title 'Your Daily Bread Costs Him His Family Life' depicts bearded man holding photo of woman and child aboard a ship. There are four different associated organisation logos. c. Deep blue three-colour flyer titled 'Remember Seafarers on Sea Sunday; July 10th' features a graphic of a silhouetted figure framed by porthole looking at tanker out to sea; features three logos below.

Inscriptions & Markings

Additional inscriptions and logos: a. The Mission letterhead in blue featuring the Missions to Seamen flag. b. The sub-title 'Sea Sunday Oct 20 is your chance to remember him and his family in your prayers' and featuring four logos; the International Christian Maritime Association circle, the Apostleship of the Sea flag, the British Sailors Society flag and The Missions to Seamen flag. c. The sub-titles 'Seafarers are members of God's family too' and 'The Church serving ALL seafarers' and featuring three logos; The Mission to Seamen flag, the Apostleship of the Sea flag and the British Sailors Society flag.

Photograph - 3 seamen on top of their ship's funnel

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Monochrome photograph (sepia-like)

Inscriptions & Markings

'3" deep'

Photograph - Chicken on board a ship

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Small monochrome photograph, birds on board a ship

Terracotta Brick

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A terra cotte standard construction Brick

Historical information

This brick was salvaged by the donors, members of PMHPS and former residents of Port Melbourne from the ruins of the George V memorial Mission to Seamen, built 1937 and demolished 1990s. Used in their former courtyard the donors, who recently moved to Docklands offered the brick to MTSV when they sold their Port Melbourne house in 2017.

Significance

One of the few remaining tangible materials from the architecturally significant Mission to Seamen, the George V Memorial building dedicated in 1937 and demolished in the 1990s. The Brick adds to the MTSV collection of Port Melbourne material from the 1930s. See also Research and clippings folder and records such as 0641 and 0233.

Inscriptions & Markings

Two embossed letters on face of the brick "B" and "L"

Quinn Letter - Letter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Two letters written in 1945.Letter #1 (0313.A1) from 08/02/45 and is a singular page consisting of blue ink on lined paper. Letter #2 (0313.A2-A4) from an unknown date consists of three pages of blue ink written on blank beige paper. Envelope (0313.B) dated 04/06/45.

Historical information

Two letters from Allan Quinn to his mother written in 1945. Letter #1 Allan writes to his mother as he leaves Melbourne Letter #2 Allan depicts his time spent at the mouth of the Brisbane River

Significance

These letters are of historical, social and interpretive significance as they provide information about the life of a seaman during the mid 20th century.

Inscriptions & Markings

Envelope: Mrs. S. Quinn/Sanlorenzo/63 Ocean Beach/Manly N.S.W The envelope also has an airmail stamp dated 1945 and an Australia postage stamp.

Invitation card - Opening Ceremonies 6th September, 1917

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Commercially printed invitation on heavy card printed with blue ink ; features a Flying Angel flag of the Mission to Seamen in top left crnr

Significance

This 1917 invitation marks the commencement of official ceremonies to dedicate both the new Mission Building and Chapel and associated services and celebratory concert. This building which has housed the multitude of continual services to Seafarers will attain the Centenary year in 2017.

Inscriptions & Markings

printed in copperplate script:"The Committee and Chaplains of / the Victoria Missions to Seamen / request the pleasure of your and your friends' company at / The Opening Ceremonies of the New Institute in Flinders Street extension. / On Thursday, 6th September, 1917 /...The Official Opening / will be performed by His Excellency the Governor / THE HONOURABLE SIR ARTHUR STANLEY, K.C.M.G/..."

Letter - Flying Angel News (FAN) accompanying letter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Photograph - The Petali

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

This photograph has been taken from the Brooklyn Docks and has a view of the Petali docked in port and downtown Manhattan in the background.

Historical information

This photograph is part of the Alan Charles Quinn collection of photographs and letters. Alan was sixteen years old when he went to sea and left behind a photographic autobiography.

Inscriptions & Markings

Blue/green ink, handwritten: 26.9.49 The corresponding page in the original photograph album reads: "Downtown Manhattan from the Brooklyn Docks."

Register - Marriage Register

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A rectangle book of twenty-one pages, with a brown paper cover and darker brown cloth binding. The front cover has a square of pink paper in the centre. The covers has some tearing, especially along the right hand edge.

Historical information

The register is a record of the weddings that took place at the Mission to Seafarers church district in 1916. Each register is a legal contract, with all the information needed to legalise a marriage under Australian law. The last four pages of the register are consent forms.

Significance

The register documents the weddings that took place at the Mission to Seafarers church in 1916.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the front cover, in the pink square, typed in black ink: OFFICE OF THE GOVERNMENT STATIST 1916 / NOTE /THIS BOOK OF MARRIAGE FORMS IS DEEMED SUFFICIENT FOR THE CELEBRATION OF AT LEAST 25 MARRIAGES, AND CONTAINS:- / 30 MARRIAGE INFORMATION PAPERS (FOR THE PURPOSE OF INSURING ACCURATE INFORMATION BEFORE TRANSCRIPTION INTO THE MARRIAGE REGISTER, AND OF SAVING TIME AT THE CEREMONY) / 5 CONSENT FORMS (FOR MARRIAGES OF MINORS); / 10 QUARTERLY SUMMERIES (WHICH MAY ALSO BE USED AS WRAPPERS FOR QUARTERLY RETURNS, &C.) / THIS BOOK IS TO BE REGARDED AS CHURCH PROPERTY, AND / IS TO BE IN THE CUSTODY OF THE CLERGYMAN OFFICIATING FOR THE / TIME BEING AT THE PARISH OF DISTRICT CHURCH. / 17595.

Book - Holy Bible - Placed by the Gideons

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Red hardcover book, gold embossed lettering

Historical information

Gideons International is an evangelical Christian association founded in 1899 in Wisconsin. The Gideons' primary activity is distributing copies of the Bible free of charge, to unite traveling salesmen for evangelism. The symbol of the Gideons is a two-handled pitcher and torch recalling Gideon's victory over the Midianites.

Letter - Letter from Allan Quinn to his mother

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Two letters addressed to Mrs S. Quinn, "Sanlorenzo", 63 Ocean Beach, Manly, N.S.W, Australia, in six parts. Part 0153 Envelope, Part 0153.1-5 Letter Pages. The first letter begins "My dear Mum, Arived here safely..." and concludes with "P.S. The model is slowly coming along...", and is dated 27.6.45. The second letter begins "My Dear Mum, Well, I am now in Melb. ... " and concludes with ""P.S. We were very late in leaving...", and is dated 12.9.45. All the pages have "Air Mail" printed in the top right hand corner.

Historical information

The letter was written by Allen Quinn to his mother. Allen started working as a seafarer when he was 16 years old, and frequently wrote to his mother during his travels. He also created an extensive photograph collection, which corresponds with the letters.

Significance

The letter is part of an ongoing correspondence between Allan and his mother. The first letter talks about the trip from Australia to San Francisco, and the second is about returning to Melbourne.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front of enevlope: MRS. S. QUINN, / "SANLORENZO"/ 63 OCEAN BEACH, / MANLY. N.S.W / AUSTRALIA, handwritten in blue ink. In the top right hand corner and middle are two U.S.A stamps, valued at 10 and 30 cents, and between them is part of a stamped postmark: S1945.

Photograph album

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Framed Photograph - Ebenezer James, Chaplain Mission to Seamen 1886 - 1901

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Black and white gloss print photograph of 19th Century bearded man ; new wood frame, cream window mount ; glazed with perspex, composition back board.

Historical information

see makers comments above. Rev James was also Chaplain to the Naval Forces of Victoria until the time of Federation. The article featured in the Port Gazette seems to be a profile of James and his works and headline being: "Jack's Friend"

Significance

Rev Ebenezer James one of the early Chaplains based at the Mission to Seafarers. He ministered to and advocated on behalf of the seagoing fraternity both merchant and Naval forces and was an instrumental force in the stamping out of the practice of crimping and the exploitation of seafarers. He received and forwarded the letter from 22 sea captains (MTSV 0030 requesting the establishment of a Mission in the vicinity of the Australian Wharf. James' brother was an MLC and his daughter Britomarte is also noted with an entry in the ADB. The original clipping image of James is the only known existing image.

Inscriptions & Markings

Verso - Texta inscription catalogue number : MTSV 0707 also 2 Labels on backboard of frame one a barcode and one handwritten "EBENEZER JAMES / CHAPLAIN, MISSION TO SEAMEN (1886 - 1901)

Digital Image - Peter Silvester at port

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Black and white photograph of the SS Peter Silvester in port. Port unknown. Many mooring ropes are visible. There is washing hanging on a makeshift line toward the front of the ship. Two men are standing on the dock. There is a man standing atop.

Historical information

The SS Peter Silvester was named after a New York Congressman. She has the dubious honour of being the last ship to be sunk by enemy action in the Indian Ocean. The German U-Boat U-862 had made her way along the west coast of Australia, under Tasmania and over the New Zealand. She was in the process of retracing her steps when she came across the Peter Silvester enroute from Melbourne to Colombo with US army supplies and mules. Some 5 or 6 torpedoes were landed before the order to abandon ship was given. The final torpedo ripped the ship in half. Whilst 32 crew members were lost either at the time or later from wounds. One of the last lot rescued were found some 38 days after the sinking.

Significance

This photograph shows the Peter Silvester in tact.

Register Receipts

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A large blue paper covered book, which contains ten receipts from marriage certificates. The receipts are stapled together. There are two staples in the top edge of the front cover.

Historical information

The receipts are dated from the 26th of August 1972 to the 1st of February 1975. They document some of the information needed on the actual marriage certificate, such as the date and location, bride, bridegroom and celebrant's names, as well as the date the each certificate was sent to registering authority.

Significance

Part of the record of weddings performed at the Mission to Seafarers between 1972 to 1975.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on front cover: COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA / CERTIFICATE OF MARRIAGE. The Australian crest is printed above this.

Quinn Letter - Letter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

One and a half page, double-sided letter type-written on cream, unlined paper (0395.a1-a2), dated 21/11/48 and written at sea on board M.S Fenris. Cream airmail envelope (0395.b).

Significance

Quinn Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

Envelope bears three Brazil stamps and is franked Rio.

Photograph - Reverend JR Weller

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Photograph - H.R.H. Duchess of Gloucester visiting Mission to Seamen, Melbourne, Saturday 24 February 1945

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Black and white photograph of Princess Alice the Duchess of Gloucester, the Duchess at middle left with Chaplain Frank Oliver at middle right. The Chaplain is waving and possibly leading a cheer. He is wearing a naval uniform. The Duchess is wearing a black hat and white short-sleeved dress holding a bunch of flowers. In the left of the photograph is a man holding his right arm up hiding his face from view. In the background there is a crowd of onlookers behind a railing.

Historical information

Photograph was taken at the Mission to Seafarers Melbourne. It is historically significant as it marks a royal visit possibly made by the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester during, the Duke of Gloucester's term as 11th Governor General of Australia (1945 - 1947). NB Frank Oliver was MTS chaplain during this period, the Gloucesters did not return to Australia on any official visit until 1965. (see ADB entry for Duke of Gloucester)

Significance

This photograph reveals the contemporaneous relationship between Australians and the British Royal family and connection through the International organisation that is the Mission to Seafarers. Current President is HRH the Princess Royal.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: "Duchess of Gloucester 1969" in blue pen in the bottom right corner. (see also notes re this date) There is also what appears to be a watermark on the middle left side. Back: "H.R.H. Duchess of Gloucester visiting Missions to Seamen, Melbourne." in the top left corner on an angle. "Copyright The Argus, Melbourne. Photograph Neg. No. U-646 Ref. No." in purple ink in the middle. The Neg. No. is in pencil.

Photograph

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Photograph - David Conolly on board MV Neleus

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Newspaper - Methodist News - Issue 237 - December 2017

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Large newspaper with colour church group photographs on front and back covers, multiple monochrome pages.

Photograph - Rotterdam's mission Flying Angel Club

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Medium size b & w photograph with an interior games / recreational area wityh tables and chairs and a table tennis set up.

Inscriptions & Markings

At the back a pencilled inscription in Dutch : "hoort by het archel 'float"- varia" translating "belongs to ? "float" -miscellanious"

Photograph - Four apprentices on board ship "Maux King"

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Menu - Union Castle Line 1955

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Printed single sheet cream/yellow paper/card A5 size / printed breakfast menu / top has two swirls printed in blue above the company flag printed in red and blue colours in the centre. printed in red below "Union Castle Line" / printed below and to the right "SS Braemar Castle" / full extensive breakfast menu Tuesday 25 January 1955/ printed in red upper case at the bottom edge is a request " not to smoke in the salon".

Historical information

Sample menu from Union Castle line shipping line 1900 - 1990

Photograph - Dutch corner of the dutch seaman's center - Rotterdam mission

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Large b & w photograph. A desk covered with magazines and chair make the "Dutch corner of the dutch seaman's center" as indicated in dutch on the wall "hollands hoekje van de nederlandse zeemanscentrale". The calendar indicates it was taken in 1966. "projuventute oranje kalendar 1966" with photograph of Queen Julian of the Netherlands.

Inscriptions & Markings

stamp: "Melbourne Harbour / Trust Photograph / Negative Number ..... [blank]"

Quinn Letter - Letter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Blue air-letter (0391) written by Allan from New York and addressed to Mrs S Quinn, West Brunswick. Letter, dated '21st Sept', is post-marked Brooklyn, New York 1948. It is franked 10c.

Significance

Quinn Collection

Register - Marriage Register

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A large book, covered in blue paper, with a darker blue binding. The front and back covers have been torn along the right hand edge. There are twenty pages, each recording a wedding, three of which have consent forms pinned to them.

Historical information

The register records the weddings that took place at the Mission to Seafarers church between the 14th of May, 1941 to the 2nd of March, 1947. It documents all the information necessary to perform a legal wedding in Australia. This included Forms of Consent, if one or both the parties were under the age of 21.

Significance

The register records the twenty weddings that were conducted at the Mission to Seafarers church between 1941 to 1947. Each page of the register is a legally binding document.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on front cover in blue and black ink: REGISTER NO 5 (underlined) / 14-5-22-3-47. / NOTE MARRIAGES IN 1942 (underlined) / MARRIAGES CELEBRATED ST PETER'S SEAMEN'S / CHURCH MELBOURNE / 31-2-42 / 3-2-42 / 19-3-1942 / ARE REGISTERED ON THE LAST THREE / FORMS OF THE PORT MELBOURNE (underlined) REGISTER / FOR THAT PERIOD FLO (signed). There is also some water stained, and dust markings on the covers.

Buoy - S.S. Koranui Buoy

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Life buoy from SS Koranui divided into four sections alternating between red and white colourings.

Inscriptions & Markings

Black writing on white sections of buoy: "S.S. KORANUI/MELBOURNE"

Photograph

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Paper, Ladies' Harbour Lights Guild, Rules for Branch Secretaries - Rules for Branch Secretaries

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Paper with text in blue ink about the rules for Branch secretaries.

Historical information

Charity organisation, Ladies' Harbour Lights Guild, was formed within The Missions to Seamen Institute to provide a home away from home, for visiting seamen. This paper illustrates the rules for branch secretaries as well as the membership types at the bottom.

Significance

This paper holds historical significance at a local level because it illustrates the Ladies' Harbour Lights' Guild organization and membership types that were essential to for the success of the charity. The Ladies' Harbour Lights Guild grew to become a significant charity in Melbourne raising large amounts of money which helped to establish the current MTS building, supporting seafarers as well as attending social events.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written in black ink 'Blue card' next to '1. Honorary Members' and 'White card' next to '2. Working Members' and 'Red card' next to '3. School Members'.

Photograph - David Conolly thanking the performers

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Photograph - Olive Duncan

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Formal black and white professional photograph of Olive Hall (nee Duncan) dressed in a long sleeved, v-necked velvet dress, with leaf-shaped broach at the neck and jewelled clasp at the waist. The photograph is mounted on grey card within a grey deckled paper folder.

Historical information

This photograph is part of a donated sub-collection relating to the history of the Ladies Harbour Lights Guild and Olive Duncan who was a member.

Significance

This is a photograph of social and historic significance, being part of a sub-collection of material that provides a snapshot of the type of individuals involved in the LHLG and the activities carried out by that organisation. The image is also significant as an insight into the life of Olive Duncan and illustrates the fashion of the time.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the back of the photograph mount written in biro is "Olive Hall (nee Duncan) daughter of David Hood Duncan."

Painting - Night Time at North Wharf

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Large moulded gilt wood frame, non glazed painting of shipping, oil on canvas

Historical information

The artist active from 1974 and collected by National and State Collections was winner of the 1990 ACTA Maritime art Prize. The painting was acquired by P & O Nedloyd and donated to the Mission in 2005.

Significance

The donor organisation was a strong supporter of the MIssion and the Annual Maritime Art Prize established here.