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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 (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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Photograph - Couples dancing in the Flying Angel club

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

small b & w photograph of couples dancing in Flying Angel Club at the Mission to Seafarers.

Photograph - St Peter the Mariner Chapel decorated for Dora Walker's wedding in 1928

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

2 original prints and a reprinted version

Photograph - Colour photograph

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Postcard - St Peter the Mariner Chapel

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Quinn Letter - Letter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Blue air-letter (0392) written by Allan and addressed to Mrs S Quinn. Letter headed 'New York, September 30', post-marked Brooklyn N.Y. 1948 and franked using red ink.

Significance

Quinn Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

Air-letter has been re-addressed from 140 Brunswick Road, West Brunswick to 5 Pollington Street, St. Kilda, Victoria

Booklet - Caring Across the Seas: The Story of The Mission to Seafarers

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Nineteen page booklet with blue cover. The booklet describes a brief account of the development of this Mission to Seafarers from its foundation in England in the 19th Century as the Mission to Seamen to its work today. It is illustrated with photos and engravings.

Book - Seeing the World

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Blue book with Art Nouveau floral decor by Charles Nordhoff (1830-1901) found in the library in 2018. Published by W.P. Nimmo, Hay and Mitchell, Edinburgh. The National Library of Australia has an holding mentioning 1876

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 - Reverend Wang and his family

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Object - Silver plated ashtray

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A square silver ashtray with an undulating edge and indentations for four cigarettes.

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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Upper side: 'Commonwealth Line of Steamers' encircling an Australian flag is stamped in the middle of the ashtray. On the underside: 'Triple dipped'/ over a 3-legged symbol/ 'Mappin & Webb's/ Princes Plate/ London & Sheffield'/ the letter S in a shield/ the number W18372.

Photograph - Douglas Mallinson

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Photograph - Baptismal font in St Peter the Mariner chapel

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Small b & w photograph of baptismal font at St Peter the Mariner chapel. On the wall to the left hangs the illumination: Believe in God The Father Almighty (see item 1537).

Inscriptions & Markings

handwritten number poss. 3, stamp: 8940, photographic paper markings ILFORD

Photograph - SS Marken Rotterdam

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Poster - Public Meeting - 25 February 1858

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Small paper poster with mixed/ornate text, housed within two cardboard frame mats, front window frame mat cut to size of poster

Historical information

Poster advertising 1858 public meeting regarding a Seamen's church, Hobson's Bay, Melbourne

Significance

Example of poster of very early Melbourne public meeting "of persons interested in the welfare of sailors". Demonstrates beginnings of Melbourne-based organisation and support for seafarers.

Inscriptions & Markings

see image

Photograph - Band playing on stage at the mission

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Letter - Letter to Lillie from Julius Kokx

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Letter addressed to Miss Lillian Duncan, 11 Paxton St, East Malvern, Melbourne, Australia from J. Kokx, U.S.S. Medusa, c/o Postmaster San Francisco, 5th Div - California consisting of six parts: Part 0097.1 Envelope Part 0097.2 Small certificate Part 0097.3 Letter page 1 Part 0097.4 Letter page 2 Part 0097.5 Letter page 3 Part 0097.6 Letter page 4 The back of the small certificate reads "This is a small copy of of the big certificate we got"

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 has three stamps, two 2 cent stamps (red) and one 1 cent stamp (green). All are United States Postage stamps. The 1 cent stamp reads Franklin under the image of a head and the two 2 cent stamps read Washington under the image of a head.

Quinn Envelope - Envelope

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Single envelope (0318.B) without letter from San Francisco. The letter is from the Senator Hotel, Reno, Nevada stationary. Letter has six stamps and is dated July 12th or 18th of 1945. The letter is addressed to Mrs S. Quinn, "San Lorenzo", 63 Ocean Beach, Manly, N.S.W, Australia. There is also a return address on the back.

Quinn Envelope - Envelope

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Single envelope (0323.B) without letter. Letter has two stamps with date unknown from Argentina. The letter is addressed to Mrs S. Quinn, "San Lorenzo", 63 Ocean Beach, Manly, N.S.W, Australia.

Photograph - New Year's Day at the Zoo, 1907

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Photograph - 23 Police repelled 1500 Wharf Labourers - Blood on Pavement

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Magazine - The Dog Watch - A Collection of Sea Stories

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Register - Ladies' Harbour Lights Guild Members' Register

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Photograph - Carnival in Rio 1949

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Black and white photograph of Carnival float in Rio de Janeiro. There is a large crowd visible in the fore and back ground. On the float are two horses standing on their hindlegs with a woman appearing to ride one. There is also another women visible at the rear and a man standing at the back.

Historical information

This photograph shows a scene from the first time Allan Charles Quinn attended Carnival in Rio. Although having made several trips to South America previously, he had not experienced Carnival before. The photograph is also complemented by a letter written to his mother including a description of Carnival. This photograph was exhibited by the Mission to Seafarers as part of the exhibition "Letters from Abroad" in 2012.

Significance

The Allan Charles Quinn collection forms a pictorial autobiography of life at sea for a young man in the period immediately following World War II. The collection also includes a series of letters between Allan and his mother, some explaining the photographs and some talking about other experiences or mundane situations

Inscriptions & Markings

Blue ink on reverse: CARNIVAL IN RIO/ 1-3-49

Photograph - Four apprentices on board ship "Maux King"

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Colour print - P&O 'Iberia' - 29,600 Tons

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Colour printed reproduction of a painting or lithograph print featuring 20th C passenger liner, hull and superstructure primarily painted white, under steam at sea. Small tug/fishing vessel in foreground. Larger steam ship on horizon. Print on plain board backing with plain mitred timber frame. Eyelet screws with wire.

Historical information

A P & O ship

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed signature lower right. 'JOHNSTON'

Photograph - Headstone and grave: Ebenezer James (1841 - 1901)

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Large Sepia photograph on paper mount features an Inscribed marble Headstone and grave with a stone facing and surround supporting low decorative cast iron railing. There are flowers and ferns on the grave.Across edge of grave in White upper case: J ROBINSON CARLTON appears to be over printed, the Sepia image may be a copy of an original photograph. Inscription on the headstone can be read, see full wording below in History field.

Historical information

Headstone inscription: "In Affectionate Remembrance / EBENEZER JAMES / late Chaplain to the Naval Forces of Victoria / and / The Victorian Seamen's Mission/ This stone is erected / by Friends of all nationalities and creeds as a mark of esteem for his unselfish and consistent Christian efforts for the social and moral advancement of our sailors/ and / in recognition of.... his indefatigable and praiseworthy exertions the stamping out in Victoria of the cruel degrading maritime curse of crimping was mainly due. / Born 11th of March 1841 Died 14th of July 1901/ "A good deed is never lost. He who sows / courtesy reaps friendship and he who plants kindness gathers love." Basil. The Headstone was found at the Melbourne Cemetery, Carlton in 2016. Rev James worked at Port Melbourne and Williamstown Missions but was also a regular visit to Geelong and other coastal ports and beside encouraging fortnightly entertainments and Chapel services, actively shipvisiting to meet with Seamen.

Significance

This image documents in full the inscription on this commissioned marble headstone marking the grave of a significant figure, the second Chaplain at Port Melbourne, and an important figure in the development and story of not only the Mission to Seafarers in Victoria but also in the life of the Naval Force of Victoria prior to Federation. Rev James was not only an influential figure in the stamping out of crimping, the exploitation of seamen, but also actively worked with government and community to improve the quality of life by active lobbying for the controlled licensing of hotels and liquor sources to limit the incidence of drunkeness rife in the Ports and Wharves of Victoria in the late 19th Century. See also MTSV 0030

Inscriptions & Markings

on the paper mount below lwr edge of Photograph: "T. TENNENT 'PHOTO-GOLD TS' COLLINGWOOD"

Quinn Letter - Letter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Three-page, double-sided letter on unlined paper (0357.a1-a3) written from the Seamens Institute, New York and dated 31/08/47 with cream, stamped envelope (0357.b).

Significance

Quinn Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

Envelope inscription notes change of address to 140 Brunswick Road, Brunswick, Victoria.

Box Christmas Greetings 1943 - The Mission to Seamen Christmas Greetings 1943

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Cardboard beige rectangular box in a small size, with blue stamped inscriptions on it detailing promotional information about The Missions To Seamen. The object also has a blue hand written inscription on it on the top side and also another hand written inscription at the back side detailing the recipient’s name "Marjorie". This object was sent to recipient with a coin bracelet inside (Reference: 600.2).

Historical information

The box was presumably made in Australia to be used as a gift container for Christmas gifts or greetings by people associated with the Mission or their acquaintances or family members. The box is dated and has the Mission to Seamen logo and description as a promotional way to describe and inform people of the Mission's purpose. The gift was sent by Mariner Merrylees to sister Marjorie in Manatoulin Island, Canada

Significance

This everyday practical object represents in its function an acknowledgement by the Mission to Seamen organisation of the need for sailors and seafarers to stay in touch with friends and family at Christmas time and this sample box of a wartime Christmas marks a particularly difficult time in history for seafarers to stay in touch and connected with loved ones.

Inscriptions & Markings

Top side of the box, Christmas Greetings/1943/FROM/MELBOURNE/PORT MELBOURNE/WILLIAMSTOWN/THREE OF OVER TWO HUNDRED/CLUBS SCATTERED ALL OVER/THE WORLD TO SERVE/THE MERCHANT NAVY. Top right side of the box a flag crown and attached cord logo image, THE MISSIONS TO SEAMEN/MN Hand written inscription top side of the box, Jivaros Hand written underlined inscription back side of the box, for Marjorie

Photograph - Ship William Mitchell unloading timber ont the south wharf

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Inscriptions & Markings

This photograph is on page album item 1565.

Photograph

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 four parts. Part 0157 Envelope Part 0157.1-3 Letter Pages. The letter pages are tissue-like air mail paper. The letter begins "My Dear Mum, This letter is very late..." and concludes with "Your ever loving son, Allan..." In the top right hand corner of the first page is "M/I Ariston, At Sea" and is dated 10/8/47.

Historical information

The letter was written by Allan 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. In this letter, Allan talks about travelling from South America to Canada, and the ship being fumigated.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front of envelope: MRS S QUINN / SAN LORENZO / 63 OCEAN BEACH / MANLY NSW / AUSTRALIA handwritten in black ink. VIA AIR MAIL is printed on the right hand side, and there are two Canadian stamps, both valued at 5 cents. There are three stamped postmarks, the first is round: MONTRAL / AUG 14 / 2 PM / 1947 / P.Q., the second is rectangle: -S / -OS / EPAR/ UTILISEZ LA POSTE AERIENNE, the third is also round: T / 60 / CENTIMES. On the back of the envelope: (indecipherable) / 7A6714 / OR 7AA6603 handwritten in pencil.

Painting - Untitled

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Large framed unglazed landscape format painting predominantly green depicting in foreground a merchant vessel, a tanker moored at a single quayside on a river or river mouth. The middle ground shows a moderate solid jetty leading to large storage sheds at right. The background appears primarily rural with fields and hills in the distance.The frame incorporates a beige fabric slip with gilt edge the actual dark wood frame also with inset banded gilt edge. The back of the painting is covered with brown paper in places damaged. Hangs on a cotton cord threaded between two screw in eyelet hooks.

Significance

Fulfills previous MTSV acquisition policy regarding collection of modern or contemporary marine paintings.

Inscriptions & Markings

at lower right corner single uc word in black paint : "HONISETT"

Photograph - Fishermans Pier Port Melbourne

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Quinn Letter - Letter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Two page, double sided letter (0326.A1-A2) written in blue ink. Dated 20/05/46 while at sea and envelope (0326.B)

Historical information

Letter written from Allan Quinn to his mother in 1946 depicting his time sailing across Europe.

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/San Lorenzo/63 Ocean Beach/Manly N.S.W/Australia" There are 5 postage stamps running along the right hand side, as well as two ink stamps. Letter: Sky Mail symbol on top left hand corner

Menu - Christmas Dinner

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Photograph album

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

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.

Quinn Letter - Letter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Two-page letter written on two sheets of buff-coloured paper (0815.a1-2). Letter is headed Liddesdale Avenue, Frankston and dated 9/07/49. The pale brown envelope (0815.b), addressed to Mr Allan Quinn at the shipping office in Stockholm, has been re-addressed several times. It bears three Australian stamps. The four post-marks are indistinct.

Significance

Quinn Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

Letter commences 'My dear Allen......'and concludes '...Trusting to see you later on in the year. From your loving Dad.'

The New Year 1907 - leaflet

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Brown sheet of paper. top left corner has The Mission To Seamen flag. Leaflet lists New Years events for seamen for the year 1907.

Photograph - Boxing Day

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Lectern

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

The head of the lectern is supported by three wooden cross sections each engraved with a criss-crossing leaf pattern. The legs of lectern have a similarly carved decorative panel forming an arched shape. Each corner of the panel has gum leafs and nuts carved into it. The foot of the lectern is less ornate although there are three decorated wooden panels mimicking those supported the head.

Historical information

The lectern has been in constant use since being constructed in 1907. It is used during church services in the chapel. The brass plaque on the front of the lectern suggests that it was gifted to the organisation at the time of the previous building which was located directly on the banks of the Yarra River.

Significance

The Mission to Seafarers Victoria has been in operation for over 150 years in Victoria although experiencing many name and location changes. The current site at 717 Flinders Street is also the most enduring and many artefacts from previous locations have been relocated to this site. This lectern underscores the relationship between the Mission and the Anglican Church and the way in which the chapel has been a social and spiritual hub since its opening.

Inscriptions & Markings

Brass plaque on lectern: FOR THE GLORY OF GOD/THIS LECTERN/WAS PRESENTED BY/MARY HOWARD NORTHCOTE/DECEMBER 1907

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.

Historical information

The receipts are dated from the 16th of December 1967 to the 21st of August 1971. 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 1967 to 1971.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Photograph - Williamstown Mission

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

large b & w photograph street view of the Williamstown Mission

Quinn Letter - Letter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Buff-coloured typed air-letter 0366a1) written on board S.S.Morgenster, at sea, dated 28/12/47. There are two air mail stickers attached - one to the upper left edge and the other to the upper left side.

Significance

Quinn Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

Air letter is addressed to Mrs S Quinn, C/- Mrs Blackmore, 140 Brunswick Road, West Brunswick, Victoria and stamped with a blue Correo Aereo Replublica Argentina stamp.

Photograph - Crew of French ship Maréchal de Turenne - Nantes

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

The Maréchal de Turenne, a three mast barque, was built in the "Chantiers de la Loire" shipyard in Nantes, port in the West of France, in 1899 by the company René Guillon et René Fleury. Capacity of 3000 barrels. The barque is called a "cap-hornier" in French. In a book written in 1973 by Georges Aubin, "La mer douce et cruelle", ed. France-Empire, a chapter "Une traversée du trois-mâts nantais Maréchal de Turenne" (page 285 to 319) tells how the ship was navigating from London to New-York to load barrels of petrol bound for Melbourne. The picture was taken in October 1918. 22 seamen are on the photograph: the two on the right and left side are holding a picture of the barque. 11 names are written at the back.

Inscriptions & Markings

The photograph was turned into a postcard. Written at the back: octobre 1918 Souvent du navire Maréchal de Turenne Berthot Jacquet Renaut R. Renaut H. Lecoq Mercier Berger Dubas Lorie Coat Tillon

Photograph - Yours Truly - Paris

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A black and white photograph of Allan Quinn standing in the foreground, with the Eiffel Tower in the background. There are people in the midground. There is a narrow white boarder around the image.

Historical information

This photograph is one of a series taken by Allan while travelling through France in mid-1946. There are several letters relating to this journey.

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: PARIS 6-6-49 handwritten in blue ink. below this is a pencil mark, similar to "ItI"written sideways.

Newspape clipping - Ship's Officer Weds

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Newspaper clipping, slightly faded paper. Photo of Ship's officer William Wilberforce Fox and his bride Ida A. Whitehead. Brief text beneath photo. Name and date of newspaper unknown.

Photograph - Crew of German ship Anna from Elsfleth.

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Cardboard-backed large monochrome (sepia-toned) photograph of posed crew onboard Anna Elsfleth.

Photograph - Stained-glass window

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Colour photograph of a stained-glass, arch-shaped window in the St. Peter the Mariner's chapel. Mary is at the bottom left of the window and her gaze is upon Jesus who sits on a throne to the right in the stained-glass window. A servant is seen in the backround holding a plate in her left hand and a carafe in her right hand. Mary is wearing blues robes, Jesus is red and the servant wear purple and red in the background. The lower section of the window had the following text "To the glory of God, and in memory of Karen Brady/The fragrance of her work lives in the memories of many Seamen/Accidentally killed 4.1.42. This window erected by her/friends in the H.L.G and among the Seamen 1946"

Historical information

This is one of a number of stained-glass windows in St. Peter the Mariner's Chapel, commissioned by individuals and groups over the course of time.

Significance

This is a memorial window dedicated to a member of the Ladie's Harbour Lights Guild, Karen Brady. The Ladies Harbour Lights Guild were a group of ladies who organised functions, fundraisers and outings for seafarers. They were especially significant for the fundraising acquired for the St. Peter the Mariner's Chapel's construction, in which the stained-glass window exists.

Photograph - Crossing the line on the Ariston

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Black and white photograph depicting aspect of the "crossing the line" ceremony performed at sea on the Ariston. This ceremony was performed to mark a person's first crossing of the equator.

Historical information

"Crossing the line" ceremonies were routinely conducted when a crew member made their first crossing of the equator. This photograph depicts aspects of that ceremony and, as Allan Charles Quinn is the photographer, it is obviously not his first crossing. This photograph was exhibited by the Mission to Seafarers as part of the exhibition "Letters from Abroad" in 2012.

Significance

This photograph is from the Allan Charles Quinn collection which is a collection of letters and photographs depicting aspects of the life of a young man who went to sea in the period immediately following World War II.

Inscriptions & Markings

Black ink on reverse: Crossing the equator 10.9.46