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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)
phone
+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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1349 items

1349 items

Photograph - Seamen and ladies playing cricket

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Small monochrome photograph (faded) depicting outdoor gathering of seamen and LHLG members playing cricket.

Quinn Letter - Letter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Two page, double sided letter (0307.A1-A2) written on blank paper with blue ink and envelope (0307.B)

Historical information

Letter from Allan Quinn to his mother which depicts his journey from Adelaide to San Francisco.

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

Top right corner of letter: "M.I Goonawarra San Francisco/ U.S.A 25.10.45" Envelope: "Mrs S Quinn/San Lorenzo/63 Ocean beach/Manly NSW Australia" There is one postage stamp in the top right hand corner and three ink stamps.

Book - Garnered Sheaves: Memoirs of The Mission to Seamen, Victoria 1853-1934

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Medium sized booklet. 16 pages memoirs with blue cover written by Aileen Elizabeth Brown in 1935 tells the beginnings of the mission and Kerr Johnston (1812-1887), seamen's mission chaplain. Foreword written by Aileen Elizabeth Brown. On page 2 are the photographs of the Reverend Kerr Johnston and his wife.

Historical information

Aileen was the daughter of Reverend Richard Vallencey Danne and Mary Danne , nee Johnston, herself daughter of Reverend Kerr Johnston. She was married to Alfred Augustus Brown. In 1935 she wrote the Memoirs presented during the annual meeting of the Mission on the 10th of April by her brother, Reverend Noel Johnston Danne. The 16 pages Memoirs were sold for fundraising purposes for the Mission. In the article from the Herald published on Wednesday 10 April 1935, page 14 : "An interesting presentation took place during the afternoon when the Rev. N. J. Danne, on behalf of his sister, Mrs A. E. Browne, will present the Mission with a copy of die Memoirs of the Victoria Mission to Seamen from the year 1853, when their grandfather was the first chaplain of the Mission. Further copies of the memoirs were sold to assist the funds of the mission."

Quinn Letter - Letter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Two page, double sided letter (0338.A1-A2) written in blue ink. Dated 22/04/46 from Sweden and envelope (0338.B).

Quinn Letter - Letter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Two page letter (0309.A1-A2) written in 1945 on blank beige-white paper with blue ink with envelope (0309.B).

Historical information

Letter from Allan Quinn to his mother written in 1945 which depicts his time spent in Melbourne and meeting with his father.

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 Ocean Beach/Manly N.S.W" written in blue ink across the middle. Seven postage stamps line the top right hand corner of the envelope.

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.

Photograph - Padre Oliver in front of the Mission, Flinders Street

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Small black and white gloss photograph depicting Padre Frank Oliver standing at the front steps to the Mission.

Historical information

The image suggests that Frank Oliver was photographed around the time his tenure was coming to a close in the late 1950s.

Inscriptions & Markings

'Padre Oliver' is penciled on the back and the number '179' is stamped there.

Japanese doll ornament

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Ornamental Japanese wooden dolls mounted on a small wooden base

Historical information

produced circa 1960

Photograph - Cape Town Castle off Cape Colony

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A colour photograph of the ocean and a ship - the Cape Town Castle - off the coast of Cape Colony, dated 29-2-48.

Historical information

This photograph is part of series of colour photographs taken by Allan Quinn while sailing to Capetown from New York on the S.S. Morgenster - which 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.

Motbok (Passbook) - Motbok for Allan Charles Quinn

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A small book with pale blue covers, stained with dark blue ink. There are six pages held together with two staples.

Historical information

The entire passbook is written in Swedish. It was used between the 28 of Febuary 1945 and the 30th of November 1945 and seems to record Allan Quinn's wages. Allan visited Sweden many times, and eventually learnt the language.

Significance

This is a passbook belonged to Allan Quinn, and is part of 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

Cover: STARBOARD BOAT NO P. (typed) / MOTBOK / FOR (printed) / JUNGNAN (handwritten)/ UPPASARE (crossed out) ALLAN CHARLES QUINN (typed). In the top right hand corner is a paragraph of writing in Swedish. Reverse: PRINTED IN U.S.A U92260 printed in black ink.

Photograph - George Dibley 1924

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Photograph - Port of Rouen

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A black and white photograph of the port at Rouen, France, taken on the 5th of June, 1949. There is a narrow white boarder around the image.

Historical information

This photograph is one of a series taken by Allan Quinn 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: PORT OF ROUEN / 5-6-49 handwritten in blue ink. Below this is the mark "ItI"in pencil.

Quinn Letter - Letter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A self-folding letter written in green ink (0868.a) headed Oslo and dated 28/04/51. It is addressed to Mrs K Hayes, 14 Victoria, this has been crossed out and replaced by 'Fitzroy' Street, St Kilda, Victoria. The return address is Allan Quinn, C/- G.P.O.,Oslo, Norway. Written at right angles to the return address Allan has written "Made a mess of the address but my thoughts were wondering".

Historical information

In this letter Allan refers to Kip's father's forth coming visit to Melbourne. This will be Jim Hayes; letters 0858, 0862.

Significance

Quinn Collection

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]"

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 - Officers on board their ship with Father Frank Oliver

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Large rectangular (landscape oriented) black and white photograph of 3 ship's officers casually standing on deck with Father Frank Oliver

Significance

Representational photograph portraying a typical ship visit by MTSV clergyman.

Book - Encyclopaedia Of The America's Cup In Stamps

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Hard cover book with blue cover and featuring 3 oval graphics featuring: a yacht, the America's Cup ; Insignia of the RPYC ( Royal Perth Yacht Club). Commemorates the America's Cup competition held in Australia in 1987 and produced for stamp collectors to attach sample related postage stamps. Contains an outline of the history of the Cup. Eleven stamps in all adhered on following pages: P 13 x 4 Solomon Isles stamps adhered , ; page 15 x 4 stamps P.17 one stamp P.23 one stamp.

Historical information

Designed to hold 50 commemorative stamps this book contains an outline of the history of the America's cup from 1851 onwards with chapters on key events venues and victors. (Essentially a summary history and highlights)

Significance

This book complements a key collection item (see 0621 this database) a mounted and framed fragment of the sail used by the victorious '' Australia II' yacht in the America's Cup competition of 1987 hosted by the Royal Perth Yacht Club.

Illustrated Map - Port de Papeete Tahiti

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Tourist map of the streets of Port de Papeete, Tahiti printed in greenish-grey ink on thin ochre coloured cardboard. Produced for Hertz rent a car (see media).

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.

Photograph - Docks (possibly in Melbourne)

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

(see item 1955)

Photograph - Dancing at Mission to Seafarers Melbourne

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Small black and white photograph of people dancing in the Flying Angel Club at Mission to Seafarers Melbourne. There is a band on the stage in the background of the photograph and several couples dancing.

Historical information

The Mission to Seafarers held many social functions to raise funds for the work of the organisation and to benefit visiting seafarers. Many dances were held on a Saturday with good attendance. On the pillar on the left of the stage there is a photograph of a monarch, possibly King George VI, thereby dating the photograph at pre-1952.

Significance

The Mission to Seafarers as an organisation is dedicated to not only providing spiritual and practical support to seafarers, but has long found it important to provide social opportunities as well. In the past there have been many dances, concerts and other social events that have been designed to cater for visiting seafarers.

Quinn drawing - drawing

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Drawing (0341.C1) by Allan Quinn of South America. Titled 'XMAS 1946'.

Photograph - Allan Quinn Collection - "Moonta" Sailing at Port Lincoln

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Black and white photograph of the "Moonta" from Port Adelaide sailing at Port Lincoln. The ship is sailing in the middle of the frame surrounded by several seagulls, situated towards the bottom left of the frame. Port Lincoln is in the background.

Historical information

This series of photographs captures life at sea and the conditions on the ship M/S "Mongabarra" Goteborg in 1950.

Significance

This photograph is part of the Allan Quinn collection, which is a pictorial autobiography, and it represents one of many moments of his time abroad as a seafarer.

Object - Holy Water Font

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Printers Blocks - Printers blocks with Mission logo (stamps)

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Set of nine printers blocks of various sizes with Mission logo, centenary commemorative logo and flying angel logo.

Historical information

These printers blocks were used as formal identifiers on documentation. This was not necessarily organisationally generated.

Significance

These printers blocks were used as formal identifiers on documentation. This was not necessarily organisationally generated.

Casablanca police pass

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A police pass written entirely in French. "Permis D'Escale"

Historical information

This pass indicates Allan Quinn's travels to Africa.

Significance

This pass paints a picture of the regulations that would have covered sailors visiting ports.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on it are: Allan Quinn Australian M/S Teuris (slight illegible) R.B. It is dated on the reverse: 24 Jun 1949

Photograph - Temporary chapel of the Siddeley Street Institute

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Small monochrome photograph of interior of chapel at Siddeley Street Institute.

Historical information

Temporary chapel at the Central Institute, Siddeley Street. The Institute designed by Walter Butler was inaugurated in November 1907 by Governor Northcote. The proposed chapel was finished in 1909 and dedicated on the 26 January.

Significance

The pictures shows the enduring use of the religious furniture which is still in the St Peter the Mariner chapel in the Flinders Street mission.

Photograph

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Article - Double Spread Page about the Hastings Mission

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

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.

Digital photograph - Foundation stone Mission to Seamen Chapel 1916

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Photograph depicting the foundation stone laid by Lady Stanley in November 1916, in 2019.

Historical information

Born Margaret Evelyn Evans Gordon, she married Arthur Lyulph Stanley, 5th Baron of Alderley, in 1905. Appointed K.C.M.G. in 1914, Sir Arthur served as Governor of Victoria from 1914-20. Lady Stanley became the first President of the Australian Red Cross, Victoria, in 1914. The trowel (see item 2074) used for the laying of the stone was gifted to Lady Stanley and ended up in Toronto, Canada, where one of her daughters, Victoria was living. The trowel was donated to the Mission in 2019.

Significance

A picture of the stone can be seen on the article of the Leader dating from Saturday 25 November 1916, page 25.

Inscriptions & Markings

missing "Greater Glory of God ..is Stone was laid by The Honourable Lady Stanley November 14th 1916" Walter R. Butler F.R.I.B.A. Architect A.B. Robertson Builder