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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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9am-10pm

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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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Magazine - Flying Angel News (FAN)

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Photograph - Some of the Ruined Churches from the War - Rouen

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Black and white photograph of the ruins of church bombed during World War II. It shows the arch of the church left standing in the foreground, with a tower in the background. There is a narrow white boarder about the image.

Historical information

This photograph was taken on the 5th of June, 1946, and shows the destruction of the Second World War. Allan has also written letters home from this period, describing France as a "mess" at this time. This photograph was exhibited by the Mission to Seafarers as part of the exhibition "Letters from Abroad" in 2012.

Significance

This is a photograph from the Allan Charles Quinn collection which is a collection of letters and photograph depicting aspects of life at sea for a young man in the era immediately following World War II.

Inscriptions & Markings

On reverse: ROUEN 5-6-49 handwritten in blue ink. Below this is a mark "ItI" in pencil.

Letter - Letter to Lillie from Ted

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Letter addressed to Miss L Duncan, 11 Paxton St, East Malvern, Melbourne, Australia from Ted in three parts: Envelope (0112.1) Letter page 1 (0112.2) Letter page 2 (0112.3). Both the envelope and the letter are creamy yellow in colour with black curly writing. Both sides of each page of the letter are written on. The first page of the letter begins with "Write. c/o Graham Trading Co. Calcutta. cancelled" placed at the top left of the page and "S.S. Matheran Calcutta 28-8-27" placed at the top right of the page. The first line begins with "Dear Lillie, Very many thanks for...". The reverse side of the first page starts "...thickness of solid steel fracturing is it not?". The second page begins with "...be home two months..." and the reverse side concludes with "Hope if you write to me you will use the address below, that will find me. 'Lyndale 117 Greenway Road, Taunton, Somerset, England".

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. The address has been typed in black ink. It has one red stamp to the top right hand corner of the envelope with the text "Ceylon 9c". There is also a black ink stamp in the form of several horizontal lines running from top left to top right of the envelope with "Colombo" written in the middle.

Booklet - A Brief History of the Building and the Mission

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Flyer - Photographs of the SS Athenic

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Double sided colour flyer with 'collaged' arrangement of various reproduced photographs of SS Athenic

Historical information

The SS Athenic was one of 2 vessels of the shaw savill line. One became a whale factory ship and the second a passenger ship built and launched by Harland and Wolff in1944 and had maiden voyage 1947 between London and New Zealand. Donor of this document Mr GW Duncan sailed on the maiden voyage and has also gifted sample menus from that trip.

Significance

Mariner Duncan had a particular regard for the Mission to Seafarers. A plate for display on a commissioned new table at the MTSV acknowledges his bequest and the material donated. Collectively the G W Duncan material includes: photographs, professional data memorabilia and written and commercially printed resources. The memorabilia relates to his career at sea and in particular the role of an engineer, including a handwritten manual of notes and references relating to the mechanical and engineering aspects and areas of responsibility for maintenance.

Inscriptions & Markings

At lower right edge on one side: "From the Archive of Harland & Wolff / SS Athenic launched 1944"

Photograph - McIlwraith & McEwan

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Mounted large black and white photographic print; the mount is friable ( see condition report) shows 2 seamen in working uniform hauling on main mast ropes and rigging

Significance

An illustrative image demonstrating the effort involved in hauling ship's rigging and mast ropes. Also provides a snapshot of seamen's clothing from an early 20th C period.

Inscriptions & Markings

Pencil inscription on back of mount : McIlwraith & McEwan / measurements indecipherable/ Thursday

Photograph - Missions to Seamen Flag

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Partially faded black and white photograph of The Missions to Seamen flag. The photograph has a white border, and the pictured flag reads "THE MISSIONS TO SEAMEN" with the Flying Angel logo in the centre.

Historical information

As the current Mission to Seafarers was originally called "The Missions to Seamen", this photograph shows an original flag with the Flying Angel Club logo on the front. The Flying Angel Club has been a universal environment for seafarers at every major port, and a place they can recognise as a place of respite from the seas.

Significance

This is an example of an original Missions to Seamen flag dated between... and ...

Inscriptions & Markings

On the reverse side of the photograph is a stamp which is positioned at the top right and is upside down; it reads "H353". The photograph has discolouring around the edges (on both the front and reverse sides of the photograph), which is more extensive on the left side. There is also a large tear to the bottom left of the photograph which has taken away part of the image.

Painting - The Busy Tug Boat

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Contemporary framed in limed wood, mounted and glazed watercolour painting by R.T. MILLER in portrait format. Mat mount is white. Image features freighter with black hull at mooring in dockland setting; wire hanging system

Inscriptions & Markings

Interpretation label adhered to back, includes photographic portrait of the artist Value on label Signature

Photograph - Picnic Ducketts Riversdale Hawthorn

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

small B & W photograph mounted in album depicts grip of seafarers and Mission to seamen hosts posed for photograph on verandah of large house in Hawthorn circa 1920s.

Historical information

Appears to record a 1920s visit or seafarer outing to the Duckett family home in Riversdale, Hawthorn, supporters of the MTS in the Early 20th C. It is believed that the house depicted belonged to Mr Duckett , an ironmaster and manufacturer. In 2017 a link with a Mrs Duckett in the late 20th C confirmed her role as secretary of the Altona Op Shop which provided funds to the Mission in the late 20th C. An image was also found in Ship to Shore newsletter of the MTSV.

Significance

The Ducketts had links to the McLennan family also supporters of the Mission. Connections and memberships with both families identified in the records and Archive. This image links to just one of the the strong local networks of MTS supporters and their substantial residential properties made available to host seafarer events and for leisure outings.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscription found on page below: see title entry

Photograph - Football Team

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Letter - Letter from Allan Quinn to his mother

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Letter addressed to Mrs S. Quinn, "Sanlorenzo", 63 Ocean Beach, Manly, N.S.W, Australia, in three parts. Part 0154 Envelope Part 0154.1-2 Letter Pages. Both the envelope and the letter are tissue-like air mail paper. The letter begins "My Dear Mum, I received your most welcome letter...." and concludes with "Your ever loving son, Allan...". On the top right hand corner of the first page is "'Grant Hotel', GOteborg, Sweden"and is dated 25-4-46. Printed on both pages in the top left hand corner is an SkyMail logo.

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. This letter mentions a trip to Sweden, which Allan enjoyed a great deal and a girl named "Britt" he met there. There is a photograph of Britt in the collection.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the envelope: VIA AIR MAIL, handwritten in black ink in the top left hand corner, CORREO AEREO, printed on the envelope, MRS. S QUINN, / "SAN LORENZO", / 63 OCEAN oCEACH, / MANLY, N.S.W / AUSTRALIA, handwritten in black ink. there are teo Argentinian stamps, valued at thirty-five cents and one peso, and a indecipherable postmark.

Photograph - HMAS Australia

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Art installation - Leap of the Heart: Ultramarine perspex oval shape by Dagmar Udhe

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Ovoid shaped plaque attached to the wall in the entrance of the Mission (Flinders Street). According to the statement of artist - registration number 1507 - this plaque is part of three ovals which were installed in different places inside and outside the Mission. This is the last remaining in place and is called 'Ultramarine". This installation was part of an artists exhibition in Melbourne called the Bridge (Construction in Process IV) in March-April1998.

Photograph of Lillie & Olive Duncan

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Sepia photograph of two young girls in white long-sleeved dresses and wide ruffled white hats tied with a large bow under the chin. The photograph is mounted on a brown cardboard.

Historical information

This photograph is part of a donated sub-collection relating to the history of the Ladies Harbour Lights Guild. This photograph is presumed to be of two sisters named Lillie and Olive Duncan, who were members of the Guild in the 1930s & 1940s.

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 childhood of these two young girls.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed on base edge of mount "Wherrett & Co." "The Studio: SALE"

Photograph - SS Huntingdon

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

small b&w landscape photograph featuring a steamship moored at a railway pier, rail siding in foreground and shedding between rails and vessel. The smoke stack is faintly steaming.

Historical information

Possibly Station pier Port Melbourne

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten in black ink on album page beneath image: SS Huntingdon

Photograph - Search lights and torpedo tubs

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Photograph - Peter Seamen, his wife Robyn, Marjorie Duckett and Reverend Bill Dalling.

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Colour photograph

Historical information

For Ship To Shore newsletter published in Autumn 2004. Depicts both Reverend Dalling and Mrs M.Duckett a key supporter of MTS who worked with Opportunity shops raising funds for the Mission to Seafarers. The house of the Duckett family of Riversdale, Hawthorn was host to seafarers for picnics and outings in the 1920s.

Significance

Mrs Duckett nee Maclennan was linked to families of both names who according to membership records appear to have provided long standing support to the Mission through much of the 20th and into the 21st century.

Inscriptions & Markings

From Left to right: Peter Seamen, his wife Robyn, Marjorie Duckett and Reverend Bill Dalling.

Document - Arthur Oswald Dixon Identification Card

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Book - Dr Ashley's Pleasure Yacht

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A 123-page book by R.W.H. Miller with a monochrome coloured cover featuring the British Channel Mission's signal flags and the Bristol Channel Mission Cutter Eirene.

Historical information

This book explores the life of the Reverend John Ashley et al. This 2017 publication complements the foundation story of the Mission to Seafarers and provides the background information which led to the establishment by Reverend Kerr Johnson of the Bethel hulk in Hobson's Bay, later Port Phillip Bay.

Significance

This book complements the key work by Kverndahl, published in 1986, which documented the international movement which has become the Mission to Seafarers.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sub-title 'John Ashley, the Bristol Channel Mission and all that Followed'. The signal flags comprise a Burgee, the Society's flag for the cutter Eirene, a pendant, and six hour signal flags.

Digital Image - Rev Frank Oliver on a ship visit

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Father Frank Oliver wearing uniform including officers cap walking up a gangway and being met by a group of four men. There is a fifth man standing slightly to the left of the photograph.

Historical information

The photograph shows a ship visit. It is historically significant and thought to be one of a series of photographs linked to a publicity campaign circa 1955-1956 promoting the work of the Mission. The campaign partly inspired by the Centenary year of the Mission in Australia (1956) also resulted in the production of a black and white short film "The Flying Angel", featuring and Padre Oliver and the work of the Mission was deposited in 2016 with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, (ACMI) Federation Square, Melbourne.

Significance

Padre Frank Oliver, Chaplain to the Mission to Seafarers 1930 - 1960 led the Mission through a period of significant changes through the mid 20th C. This image is one of a series of key images showing the work of the Mission Chaplain in the Post WWII period.

Inscriptions & Markings

Discolouration on the bottom left and top centre of the photograph.

Quinn Letter - Letter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Two page, double sided letter (0322.A1-A2) written on beige paper in black ink and dated 25/04/46 from Sweden. Envelope (0322.B) has five stamps is beige with a blue and red edging.

Letter - Letter from Allan Quinn to his mother

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Letter addressed to Mum, in two parts. Part 0150.1 Envelope Part 0150.2 Letter. Both the envelope and letter were white paper, which is now a creamy-white. The letter begins "Darling Mum, Here are the snaps I took during 1947-48..." and concludes with "P.S. We had six inches of snow today...". In the top right hand corner of the letter is "New York / Feb 2".

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. This letter mentions of the of the albums of photographs Allan complied during his seafaring.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front of Envelope: MUM, handwritten in blue ink and underlined. The envelope has been opened at the back.

Photograph - Three seamen standing in front of the Siddeley Street Mission

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Monochrome photograph

Fijian Wooden Creamer and Sugar Bowl Set with Spoon - Creamer and Sugar Bowl Set

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Wooden Fijian creamer and sugar bowl set with spoon. Creamer and sugar bowl both have Fiji style cravings in the wood stopping 3/4 of the way up the sugar bowl and 1/3 of the way up the creamer. Both have been stamped on the bottom which might possibly read "HEATED WOOD HANDCRAFT". Creamer also has "BULA FIJI" painted on the front in white paint.

Inscriptions & Markings

stamped on the bottom which might possibly read "HEATED WOOD HANDCRAFT". "BULA FIJI" written in white on side of creamer.

Photograph - Seamen laying on the grass

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Small monochrome photograph (faded) depicting outdoor gathering of seamen and LHLG member.

Historical information

Same location as item 1843 and 1848

Card - Free Bus Service

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Flag - Belgium National Flag

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Belgium National Flag with Black, Yellow and Red stripes and white trimming down the side with 'BELGIUM' written down the side in black ink.

Inscriptions & Markings

BELGIUM

Photograph - Gathering - 1905 King's Birthday Graylings St Kilda

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Small monochrome photograph, quite blurred, dog eared at top left

Historical information

Gathering of seafarers and LHLG members, at Graylings, StKilda, 1905

Photograph - Welcome to Archbishop Mr Lees on arrival of RMS Mongolia at Port Melbourne

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Quinn Letter - Letter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Self-folding letter written on both sides (0804). The letter, dated the 12/2/49, is headed M.S. Fenris and written at sea.

Significance

Quinn Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

The letter is post-marked Newport News, VA

Photograph - Mounted Police after Riot Princess Pier Port Melbourne

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Digital Image - Frank Oliver with other men at the Mission to Seafarers

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Black and white photograph of a group of eight men at the Mission to Seafarers. Frank Oliver is second on the left and along with the man on his right they are facing the other six men. Robin Kent stands second on the right. Only his face can be seen. Peter Smith is in the middle of the photograph, fourth from the left. There are at least two additional men in the background.

Historical information

This photograph was taken at the Mission to Seafarers, Melbourne. Frank Leslie Oliver served as chaplain at the Mission to Seafarers Melbourne for 30 years from 1930 - 1960. He is in this photograph, second from the left.

Significance

Frank Leslie Oliver served as chaplain at the Mission to Seafarers Melbourne for 30 years from 1930 - 1960, including time served as chaplain with the Royal Australia Navy aboard HMAS Australia. He was a live-in chaplain and was supported by his entire family, including wife Moira, for whom a memorial window exists in the chapel.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the back of the photograph are three names: Robin, Peter Smith, and 'dad' to signify who some of the men in the photograph are. There is also a number 4 in the top left corner.

Object - Glass ashtray SS Orontes

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Glass ashtray or trinket dish with black and white printed transfer image of the RMS Orontes at sea.

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.

Significance

One of the reasons the gift has been accepted is because there are a number of items that relate to images or records of visits in the collection. Crews of ships such as the Orontes and the Orsova were regular donors to the Mission in the 20th century

Photograph - Wedding party photograph

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

This is a copy of a black and white photograph of wedding party in the courtyard at Mission to Seafarers. The bride is wearing an ankle length gown with peep toe shoes and a floral headpiece with veil. The groom is in full naval uniform.

Historical information

As a wedding photograph, this photograph shows the fashions of the time, which can be traced back to the 1930s, based on the length and style of the dress. This photograph shows one of the many uses of the Mission.

Significance

This photograph shows one of many weddings held at the Mission to Seafarers. The image is relevant to the Mission and the services of the affiliated Anglican Church.

Inscriptions & Markings

Pin hole through the top centre of the photograph.

Quinn Letter - Letter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Two-page letter written on one sheet of buff-coloured, lined paper (0380.a), dated 12/07/48, with buff-coloured envelope (0380.b).

Historical information

Indicates a friendship at the time

Significance

Quinn Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

The envelope is addressed to Mr Allen Quinn and bears one olive-green, Swedish stamp. One the back is written Jens Lombard, Cedergatan 41, Gothenburg, Sweden

Photograph - M/S Fenris

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A colour photograph of the M/S Fenris , docked in Paranague , Brazil. It is dated 29-12-48. The photograph is mounted in a 7.4x9.8 white card.

Historical information

This photograph is part of series of four, the only colour photographs taken by Allan Quinn while docked in Paranague, Brazil on-board the M/S Fenris. The photographs are mentioned in a letter Allan Quinn wrote to his mother (Object 0150).

Significance

This is a photograph from the Allan Charles Quinn collection which is a collection of letters and photograph depicting aspects of life at sea for a young man in the era immediately following World War II.

Photograph - Ship Raranga

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Photograph - Attending a service in St Peter the Mariner chapel

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

small b & w photograph of attendees seated at St Peter the Mariner chapel

Inscriptions & Markings

handwritten number 8, stamp: 8940, photographic paper markings ILFORD

Photograph - Stained-glass window

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Colour photograph of a stained-glass window and surrounding brick wall in the Saint Peter the Mariner's Chapel. The window shows a yacht in the foreground with a large ship in the background just on the horizon. Above the large ship is a section of blue sky and above that are storm clouds, and symbols of A Celtic cross (SYC logo) and the Maritime Masons are seen at the very top of the window in front of the clouds. To the bottom of the photograph you can see the top of an existing pew against the brick wall that encompasses the stained-glass window

Historical information

The window in this photograph was commissioned by the Sandringham Yacht Club in conjunction with a Masonic Lodge and work carried out by Gerry Cummins, late 20th C. In the background is the S.S. 'Kanimbla' built 1935, Belfast for McIlwraith McEacham and was the last large passenger ship built specifically for Australian owners. Designed to carry 400 passengers , she plied her trade around the Southern and Eastern Ports of Australia. In WW2 she was an armed merchant cruiser and served in Indian waters and escorted the 1st convoy out of the Singapore after the Japanese invasion. She later operated in the Pacific after the war and after repatriation duties she was decommissioned and subsequently sold to be renamed 'Oriental Queen' which eventually caught fire and sank. . The small yacht in the foreground refers to the Sandringham YC.

Significance

The stained-glass windows in the Saint Peter the Mariner's Chapel are a visual history of the Mission and the people associated with it.

Quinn Letter - Letter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

This letter is written on two sheets of airmail stationary (0399a1-2). The very fine unlined paper is cream-coloured. Letter, headed MS Fenris, is dated 27.12.48 and is single-sided except for two lines of writing on the back of the second sheet. The envelope (0399b) bears five orange and two green-coloured Brazil stamps. The post-mark on the back is indistinct.

Significance

Quinn Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

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Photograph - 3 chefs cooking on board a ship.

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Photograph - The Empire State from 5th Ave

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Black and white photograph of the Empire State Building, New York, taken from street level looking towards the top of the building.

Historical information

Allan Charles Quinn was a member of the Merchant Navy from aged 16 as well as being a trained photographer. This photograph was taken during his travels through America whilst still being associated with the Merchant Navy.

Significance

This photograph of the Empire State building is a part of the Allan Charles Quinn Collection which is a photographic autobiography of the life of an individual seafarer.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten in blue ink on reverse of photograph: "EMPIRE STATE/ 5-10-49".

Constitution - Document

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Small booklet with hand writing in the top right corner on the front reading "Mrs G. Austin" which is crossed out and followed by "Done. Gen. Sec." An ink stain on the bottom right corner. Heading reads, "THE VICTORIA MISSIONS TO SEAMEN. CONSTITUTION OF THE LADIES' HARBOUR LIGHTS GUILD." and is followed by 16 detailed rules.

Inscriptions & Markings

"THE VICTORIA MISSIONS TO SEAMEN. CONSTITUTION OF THE LADIES' HARBOUR LIGHTS GUILD." "Mrs G. Austin" crossed out "Done. Gen. Sec."

Telegram - Telegram to Lillie from Ted

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A telegram in three parts consisting of: Envelope, Brochure and Telegram.

Historical information

The telegram was sent to Lillie Duncan shortly before Christmas, by one of the seafarers she met through her work with the Ladies Harbour Lights Guild. The brochure advertises seasonal rates on telegrams to ''all parts of the British empire and the United States of America''.

Significance

The telegram is evidence that Lillie Duncan had personal contact with the seafarers she met through the Ladies Harbour Lights Gild. The brochure shows the importance put on the Christmas period, as well as the strong relationship between Australia and Great Britain.

Inscriptions & Markings

Post mark on envelope in top right hand corner: MELBOURNE/9/indecipherable/VICTORIA. Port mark on telegram on right hand side: EASTERN EXTENSION AUSTRALASIA indecipherable/MELBOURNE/23 DEC 1928/STATION.

Architectural Plan - Plans for the Port Melbourne Mission to Seamen by Louis R.Williams of F.R.A.I.A Architect

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Quinn Letter - Letter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Four page letter (0343.a1-a2) written in blue ink. Dated 27/03/45 on M.V. Goonawarra from San Francisco and envelope (0343.B) from Allan to his mother.

Quinn Telegram - telegram

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Telegram with no envelope. One page (0347.A1) written on 18/08/45 in Brisbane from Allen to his mother.

Photograph - Goonawarra loading wool in Melbourne

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Black and white photograph of the Goonawarra at berth in Melbourne, loading wool.

Historical information

Photograph of the side of the Goonawarra loading wool at Melbourne. Allan Charles Quinn worked on the Goonawarra during 1946. The Goonawarra worked between Sydney, Melbourne, Palmyro Island, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Panama Canal, Falworth, Le Havre and Goteborg.

Significance

The Allan Charles Quinn collection is a collection of letters and photographs taken and written when Allan went to sea at 16 years of age. They provide a snapshot of life at sea in the period immediately following World War II.

Inscriptions & Markings

Black in on reverse: Goonawarra loading wool at/ Melbourne 13 Jan 1946

Photograph - Wedding photograph of Charles Page

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

b/w photograph of Charles Page and his wife Lavinia on their wedding day, standing outside in a doorway. Full length shot.

Inscriptions & Markings

hand written date of Sept 25 1933 in ink on back of photograph

Photograph - Sir Reginald Alexander Dallas Brooks receives cheque for MTSV at Centenary dinner 1956

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

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.

Historical information

Sir Reginald Alexander Dallas Brooks (1896–1966), State Governor of Victoria 1949 - 1963 was 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 an unidentified guest presenting a cheque as donation, at the centenary dinner.

Significance

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.