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717 Flinders Street Docklands Victoria 3008 (map)
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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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1111 items with images

1111 items with images

Photograph - "Sea Mites" Young children on board a ship

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Small monochrome photograph of two small children, a girl and a boy posed in front of the ship's wheel of a sailing vessel

Historical information

The LHLG newsletter of 1918 features this image and notes that they accompanied their shipmaster father Captain Aviss, of the Barque Inverneill who with his wife Catherine Florence Aviss, travelling through dangerous European waters, brought the family of three children to visit Melbourne. The two children featured are Margaret and Ronald, born at sea in 1915. Their young sister, Ruth Neil, was also born at sea on the 27 August 1918. The family re-united with a first meeting for the children and grandparents, Captain and Mrs Frampton, who "had lost two ships to enemy submarines and were now on their third". The family participated in "a happy Communion service in our chapel , in which the parents and grandparents joined this formed the keystone of their visit to Melbourne". Unfortunately one year later in 1919 Mrs Aviss succumbed to influenza and a memorial plaque in her name unveiled in the chapel at the Mission. The parents and grandparents left their names and signatures in the visitor book (0149) on the 28 April 1918.

Significance

One of the rare stories of seafarer visits illustrated with a photograph of the children of a family accustomed to life aboard ship. The impact of influenza also affected this family and others are recorded amongst the supporters of the Mission and reflects the widespread impact that the epidemic of the post WW1 period had on people, Mission activities and restrictions affecting public events.Both Framptons and Aviss are noted in the annals of the Cape Horne society.

Brochure - Cook's "Endeavour" Bark

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Ornate paper and ink 3-page advertising brochure, in landscape orientation, from The Royal Geographical Society. The brochure is advertising the release of a commemorative framed silhouette print of the Bark 'Endeavour' in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Captain James Cook. Page 1 of the brochure consists of the Royal Geographical Society ensign at the top of the page and an introductory description of the commemoration, which is adorned above and below, with ink flourishes of curlicues and scrolls. Page 2 depicts an image of the framed silhouette print on offer. Page 3 contains 3 columns of text which briefly describe Captain Cook's travels, the work of the artist involved in producing the print and terms and conditions for ordering and purchase of the print.

Historical information

A brochure produced in 1978 by the Royal Geographical Society, offering "by private invitation only" the opportunity for interested parties to purchase a print of the Bark 'Endeavour', in 24 karat gold and silver, of a very limited production run. The print was offered at $270 in 1978 - at not insignificant sum.

Inscriptions & Markings

Page 1: 'To commemorate Captain James Cook's epochal voyages of discovery, on the 250th anniversary of his birth, the Royal Geographical Society presents'

Photograph - Crossing the line on the Ariston

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Black and white photograph of the "crossing the line" ceremony aboard the Ariston in 1946. Crew members are dressed as King and Queen Neptune.

Historical information

"Crossing the line" was an important maritime ritual and denoted the first crossing of the equator by a sailor. This photograph has been taken by Allan Charles Quinn and obviously is not his first crossing but depicts aspects of the ceremony, in particular the way in which crew members would dress up to represent King and Queen Neptune. 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

Black ink on reverse: Crossing the equator/ 10.9.46

Decorative wood or bamboo carving (with Korean good luck message tbc) - display gift

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Wooden rectangular base painted black with two display pieces. One a black oval frame with a three dimensional bird scene with tree's and other foliage. The other a red piece of rectangular paper with gold Korean or Japanese writing surrounded by a gold bird and dragon design. The paper is held between two sheets of plastic which is held up by a small wooden mount that has a thermometer, reading in both Celsius and Fahrenheit. There is also a small label with "ASTRONOMY" written on it and with Korean or Japanese pictograms writing underneath. There is also two mystery screw bolts just above the label.

Inscriptions & Markings

small label with "ASTRONOMY" written on it and with Korean? writing underneath

Photograph - John N. Thompson ( in Teens) from North Shields, England plays Table Tennis

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Black and White gloss Photographic Print

Historical information

One of three images featured in an article about the lonbely life of a Sailor and the entertainment at the Mission to Seamen Melbourne

Significance

An identifiable image of a visiting seafarer at the Mission to Seamen, Melbourne in the 1950s

Inscriptions & Markings

on verso: indigo blue ink stamp : COPYRIGHT PHOTOGRAPH .../ .../ The Argus MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA / Negative no [in pencil] AG991(B) Reference No [ blank] At lwr right corner in pencil: "PH-8"

Photograph - Goonawarra - looking forward

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Black and white photograph looking forward from the deck of the Goonawarra

Historical information

This photograph is taken from the deck of the Goonawarra and belongs with the Allan Charles Quinn collection. Allan worked on the Goonawarra during 1946. The Goonawarra worked between Sydney, Melbourne, Palmyro Island, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Panama Canal, Le Havre and Goteborg.

Significance

This is a photograph from the Allan Charles Quinn collection which is a collection of photographs and letters that depict the life of a young man who has gone to sea to work in the era immediately following World War II.

Inscriptions & Markings

Black ink on reverse: Monkey Island looking/ forward on Goonawarra/ at Melbourne/ 13 Jan 1946

Photograph - Lunch, Boxing day at the Zoo 1905

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Small monochrome outdoor photograph, depicting a large group of men seated at makeshift tables under a group of trees. Fading to top half of photograph

Historical information

Zoo outing on Boxing Day 1905, depicting a large group of men seated around a number of makeshift tables for a meal

Register, marriages - Register No. 1, No. 1-11

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Blue register, 11 pages, certificates of marriage, hand-written on parchment. First entry 7th December 1915. Last entry 27th July 1921. Loose certificate kept in back flap dated 23rd November 1925.

Historical information

This is a register of weddings performed at the Mission to Seafarers at the Port Melbourne site. The register names all parties involved including bride, groom, celebrant, witnesses, bride and groom's parents and addresses at the time. It also outlines previous marital status, employment details and other personal details.

Significance

Historical record of marriages performed at the Mission to Seafarers commencing in 1915.

Inscriptions & Markings

Purple stamp in top left-hand corner of a flag with a flying angel. "From the Mission to Seamen Melbourne"

Manual - Ruston TA Gas Turbine

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Commercially printed light blue centre stapled soft cover booklet

Historical information

Found amongst the collection of material donated by Mr G W Duncan. This book dates approx to period 1960s-70s.

Significance

Mariner Duncan had a particular regard for the Mission to Seafarers. This plate for display in the MTSV chapel 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

promotional description down right side of front cover and diagrams of the turbine engines, white outline, on back blue cover

Photograph - Mission to Seafarers in Belfast

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Mission located in the docks in Belfast North Ireland. Behind is the St Joseph's Church Sailortown.

Photograph - Stained-glass window

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Colour photograph of a stained-glass window in the Saint Peter the Mariner's Chapel. Image of one large and one small ship with 'The Missions to Seamen' flag in the bottom left corner. "Thy way is in the sea. And thy path in great waters."

Historical information

This is a photograph of a commissioned stained-glass window

Significance

The stained-glass windows in the Saint Peter the Mariner Chapel are a visual representation of the Mission and its associated peoples.

Photograph

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Reverend Weller, his wife Alexina (nee Caley) and young sailors are posing on the terrace of the Mission, Flinders Street. In the background we can see the Harbour Bond Store with the inscription "-ne 770-" (Phone 7704).

Photograph - David Conolly thanking the performers

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

small rectangular black and white photograph in landscape format.

Significance

Lay Reader David Conolly hosts a typical evening's entertainment at the Mission.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscription on back of photo: "Thanking a concert party at the conclusion of their performance at the Flinders Street Mission to Seamen, Circa 1956. At the microphone, stipendiary Lay Reader David Conolly."

Cigarette Lighter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

2 Small, cylindrical, fluted, polished, stainless steel cigarette lighters, with flint action. Includes a flint gauge in the ignition unit. Runs on lighter fuel, with inbuilt wick. Accompanying bronze coloured metal case of flints. Manufacturer name embossed on body. Lid incised with cylindrical grip of 4 ridges.

Historical information

Possibly acquired by seafarer Mr Arthur Dixon who served in WW2 merchant vessels. The origin of the lighters appears to be Austria and could have been acquired either during or post his war service. Initial research indicates an approximate date of 1950s for date of manufacture.

Significance

See Donor details 1727-1737.

Inscriptions & Markings

Lighter1: PATENT/BORA/EXTRA/MADE IN/AUSTRIA (stamped alongside body of lighter) Lighter2: PATENT/Made/in/Austria/902. At right angles at base of lighter, REL Flints: Thorens (stamped in brand name logo style on body at right angle to lid)

Book - Minute Book

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A hard covered book, the cover is a red paper with a wood grain design. The spine is bound with red leather, and red leather triangles over the corners. The front top half of the spine is torn. The edges of the front and back covers are frayed, exposing cardboard. There is a lot of scratching on both the front and back covers.

Historical information

Documents the minutes from all meetings held by the Ladies Harbour Lights Guild from the 9th of March, 1923 to the 12th of March, 1940. The minutes record the dates, locations and attendance of the meetings. The book also contains a number of documents, such as a resignation letter, newspaper clippings and the Programme of Meeting from the Victoria Mission to Seafarers Annual Meeting for 1934. The minutes also record the organisations reaction to the declaration of the Second World War.

Significance

This is a record of all the member, meeting and activities of the Ladies Harbour Lights Guild between 1923 to 1940. Of especial interest is the fact that this time overlap[s with the start of WWII.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: LHLG MINUTES / 3/23 - 2/40 handwritten on white sticker.

Memorial Plaque - In grateful Memory of Alfred Michael Nicholas Esq, (1881-1937)

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A heavy ceramic plaque with moulded metal alloy frame, polychrome glazed irregular ceramic tesserae design and memorial text in Gothic script in central lozenge set into a rectangular clay base.

Historical information

This plaque was made to commemorate the generous funds donated Mr A.M Nicholas in 1936 almost entirely funding the building of the new Mission to Seamen at Port Melbourne opened in 1937. Mr Nicholas died in Feb 1937 and this plaque was dedicated and unveiled by his nephew Mr Nicholas Lightfoot in December 1937. ref: The Argus Dec 6th 1937. (see also MTSV 0641 for exterior view of the building which in later years was an arts hub especially during the 1988 bicentenary the building was demolished in the late 1990s) The plaque is really similar to the memorial plaque made in memory of Ethel Godfrey (see item 2053).

Significance

Mr Nicholas together with Mr HW Shmith organised rights to produce Aspirin aka ASPRO in Australia in 1915 during WW1. The Nicholas Family were significant philanthropists in Melbourne and Victoria and this plaque commemorates his gift to the Mission for visiting seamen between 1937 and late 20th C. The story of the donation is told in an unpublished autobiography by the then Rev'd Frank Oliver, based at 717 Flinders st. as senior Mission Chaplain 1930-1960.

Inscriptions & Markings

in each corner design features initials: "ihs" / IN central lozenge of design text reads: " To the Glory of God/ and in grateful memory of/ ALFRED MICHAEL NICHOLAS Esq / through whose generous gift/ the whole of this Institute / and Chapel were built./ Died February 26th 1937"

Photograph album - On board the Skaregrøm and William Mitchell

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

6 pictures were glued on the two pages. Inscriptions in white were added to describe the photographs. 5 pictures are missing: 4 were recovered in the collection. See item 1618, 1619, 1865, 1880.

Booklet - The Constitution, Standing Rules & Offices of the Vancouver Club of Senior Lightkeepers of the Missions to Seamen

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Light blue booklet outlining rules and offices of the 'Vancouver Club of Senior Lightkeepers of the Missions to Seamen'.

Historical information

Original owner Nora O’Connor the donor’s adopted aunt migrated to Canada during WW2 and also worked as volunteer at the Vancouver Mission to Seamen where she met her husband Edward O’Connor who later migrated to Australia.

Significance

This object is part of a sample materials that are associated to the wooden platter (Reg:601) and are about another branch of the international networks of the Mission to Seamen. This document states the rules and regulations about the institution.

Inscriptions & Markings

As described in photos attached

Photograph - Screws of Aniston

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A black and white photograph showing one of the propeller screws of the Aniston while in dry dock.

Historical information

The photograph is part of a series of five, depicting the Aniston in dry docks in Hoboken, New jersey, on the 26th of August, 1947. This photograph shows the propeller screws of the ship.

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

Handwritten in black ink on the reverse: SCREWS OF ANISTON / 26.8.47 / D (handwritten in pencil). There is also a small blue ink mark in the bottom right hand corner.

Photograph

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Badge - The Missions to Seamen

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Round enamel badge with navy Flying Angel flag on a pale cream ( originally white?) background and "The Missions to Seamen" inscription. A pair of identical badges.

Historical information

The manufacturers K.G. Luke were a well known Melbourne Jeweller and manufacturer of badges buttons, silver and dec art objects for the home.

Significance

Badge is visual representation of ongoing support and/or association with MTS.

Inscriptions & Markings

"K. G. LUKE MELB" stamped on back

Photograph

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

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

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Photograph - Stained-glass window - Robert Sunter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Colour photograph of a stained-glass window in the Saint Peter the Mariner's Chapel. Jesus holding a lantern shrouded in white standing behind a man in blue. Ocean in the background. Crucifix behind Jesus.

Historical information

This is a memorial window to Captain Robert Sunter to celebrate his life and commemorate his passing. Captain Sunter was also very supportive of the Mission holding fundraising balls aboard the Manunda and assisted Rev Oliver with planting the memorial tree to Merchant Navy seamen at the Shrine Melbourne.

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.

Inscriptions & Markings

"To the glory of God and in memory of Robert Sunter Master Mariner formerly Captain of the M.V. Manunda. This window erected by his former shipmates and other friends. Respected and loved by his men. Died at Cairns, 15th September 1934 'Lo I am with you always.'"

Book - Tide Tables 1919

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Dark coloured cloth bound commercially printed book of tide tables.

Inscriptions & Markings

belonging to Arthur Oswald Dixon

Painting - Harbour Reflections

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A framed and glazed mat mounted watercolour painting by award winning artist Robert T Miller in ''landscape" format showing moored, masted ships; The modern frame is of moulded or carved wood with appearance of brushed gilt type gilding; image is mounted with pale grey window mount; Backing sealed with paper wire strand hanging system;

Inscriptions & Markings

Artist signed front lower right corner of painting in black ink; no date; sepia label adhered on top centre Verso with artist bio and brief CV ; Other exhibition labels adhered ; inscription describing acquisition and title of work; ( details TBA)

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."

Ticket - City Light Methodist Church

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Small light card/ticket, printed text on one side with MTSV building picture as background.

Photograph - New York to Cape Town - S.S. 'Morgenster'

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A colour photograph of the S.S Morgenster, sailing from New York to Cape Town, dated 19-2-48.

Historical information

This photograph is part of series of colour photographs taken by Allan Quinn while sailing to Cape Town from New York on the S.S. Morgenster. This ship is mentioned in some of Allan's letters (such as Object 0152).

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 - Copacabana Beach with Sugarloaf in the Background

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Colour photograph of Copacabana Beach in Rio De Janeiro, dated 25-12-48. The photograph has been mounted on 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 Rio De Janeiro on-board the M/S Fenris. The photographs are mentioned in one of Allan Quinn's leters 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.