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Mission to Seafarers Victoria Docklands, Victoria

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

Opening Hours

10am-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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1382 items

1382 items

Medal - Civil Defence Long Service Medal medal in box

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Commemorative cast alloy/silver-coloured oval medal with attached ribbon and pin. One side of medal depicts profile of QEII, while the other side depicts three shields with acorns. The medal is housed in a small blue velvet lined case.

Historical information

Donated by the estate of Mr Charles Page. Charles worked in the Merchant service. After enforced retirement due to injury he was active in Civil Defence.

Inscriptions & Markings

On box: "Civil Defence Long Service Medal"

Quinn Letter - Letter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A two-page letter written on two pages of buff-coloured, lined paper (0841a1-2) is headed 802 Macleay Regis, Macleay Street, Potts Point and dated 13/06/50. The matching envelope (0841.b) bears a one and sixpence Australian stamp, is postmarked Sydney and stamped with the slogan 'Road Carelessness Kills'. It is addressed to Mr Allan Quinn, M.S. Mongabarra, C/- Transatlantic Shipping Co., Gothenberg Sweden. Enclosed in the letter is an undated newspaper clipping (0841.c).

Historical information

The writer mentions some of Allan's family members. He also comments on the extremely wet weather Sydney has been experiencing and encloses a newspaper clipping with a cartoon of the Rugby League first Test match between England and Australia and a photo of two very muddy players; Australian front-row forward Douglas Hall and England's captain Ernest Ward. The match was played at Sydney Cricket Ground.

Significance

Quinn Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

The letter commences "Dear Allan" and is singed "Your sincere friend Jim".

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.

Photograph - Mission Launch towing boat - Cup Day picnic 1928

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Quinn Letter - Letter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A pale blue self-folding letter (0896.a1) headed 8 Glousester [sic] Walk, London W 8 and dated 16/03/52. Letter is typed using a very small font. The print is uneven and difficult to read. It is addressed to Mrs K Hayes, 14 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia. It is postmarked Kensington but is barely legible. The return address is Allan Quinn, 8 Glousester [sic] Walk, London W8.

Significance

Quinn Collection

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

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Black and white photograph of the ship "Moonta" from Port Adelaide docked at Port Lincoln. On the jetty stand approximately ten people facing the ship looking at the ship or into the water.

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.

Quinn Letter - Letter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

One and a half page letter written on two sheets of unlined blue airletter paper (0812.a1-2) headed M.S.Fenris, Casablanca, and dated 15.06.49. The blue airmail envelope (0812.b) has a 4cm border of diagonal green and yellow stripes. There are three Moroccan stamps, one green and two blue/black, postmarked Casablanca.

Significance

Quinn Collection

Quinn Letter - Letter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A three-page letter written on two sheets of pale blue paper (0884.a1-2), headed 14 Fitzroy Street, St. Kilda and dated 8/8/51. The stamps have been torn off the matching envelope (0884.b). The postmark is St. Kilda. There is a faint Oslo postmark on the back.

Historical information

Allan's mother refers to Kip's father's forthcoming visit to Melbourne. This is Jim Hayes of 'The Meadows', Epsom.

Significance

Quinn Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

Letter commences "Allan Dear" and concludes "...From Mum and Kip"

Register - Service Register 1960 - 1989

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Blue hard cover book with black spine binding and black triangular patches on each corner.

Historical information

This register records every Anglican service held in the St Peter the Mariner's Chapel from 10 July 1960 through to 30 December 1988. It also records the date, time of service, name of the preacher, text used for sermon, approximate numbers in attendance and approximate numbers of communicants.

Significance

The service register is one a series of similar registers, recording similar information. However, they represent a continuity of Anglican service throughout the lifespan of the Mission to Seafarers Victoria. This also shows the way in which the Mission has adhered to its core values as a religious organisation.

Inscriptions & Markings

White sticker on spine: "ST PETERS CHURCH/Service Register 1960 - 30/12198

Painting - Night Time at North Wharf

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

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

Historical information

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

Significance

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

Quinn Letter - Letter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Self-folding letter written on both sides (0818). The letter, dated the 26/09/49, is headed M.S. Fenris, At Sea.

Historical information

Allan writes that when the Fenris reaches New York he thinks he will "..sign off". He has been with the ship for ten months and ...'"the South American sun is becoming a little monotonous".

Significance

Quinn Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

The letter is post-marked Boston Mass. 21

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.

Quinn Letter - Letter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Three page letter written on three sheets of thin, unlined, buff-coloured paper (0865.1a-3a). It is headed Salinas and dated 16/04/51. The air-mail envelope (0865.b) is bordered with alternating red and blue diagonal stripes. It is addressed to Mr Allan Quinn, C/- General Delivery G.P.P. Oslo, Norway. The return address, written in the top left hand corner, is Peer Rasmussen, 330 1/2 Central Avenue, Salinas, California, USA. Envelope bears one green 15 cent United States postage stamp and is postmarked Salinos, California. On the back is stamped an Oslo postmark dated 24/04/51 and two indistinct postmarks. Written in green ink is 'Mrs Flisnes' (spelling tbc) and '68.57.03'.

Historical information

The writer is replying to a letter from Allan and contains news of a fellow seafarer.

Significance

Quinn Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

Letter commences"'Hello friend, ....." and concludes ...."your friend, Peer."

Quinn Letter - Letter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A blue self-folding letter (0913.a1) headed London and dated 11/04/53. Letter is written in blue ink. It is addressed to Mrs K Hayes, 14 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia and postmarked Paddington W.2. The return address is Allan Quinn, C/- Australia House, London.

Historical information

Allan describes his trip to Cowes on the Isle of Wight where he met, and spent time with, the photographer Keith Behan "...who is considered the best yachting photographer in the world......." He also visited Southhampton, Portsmouth. Brighton and East Grinstead before returning to London. He enjoyed being away from London for a few days.

Significance

Quinn Collection

Newspaper Clipping - Fourteen Christmas Days from Church News A?

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

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.

Photograph - The "Mongabarra" in Drydock at Eriksbergs

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A black and white photograph of ladders arranged around the propeller of the Mongabarra while in drydock.

Historical information

This photograph records how equipment, such as ladders, were used to work on the hulls or propellers of ships while they were in drydocks. 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.

Memorial Plaque - Amy Brown Memorial Plaque

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Small plaque mounted on wooded board.

Historical information

Amy Brown was a member of the Harbour Lights Guild ( Honorary General Secretary in the 30s) then the Flying Angel League. She passed away in September 1974. A protege and friend of the Godfreys and Ina Higgins she actively assisted in setting up school branches of LHLG and eventually became a leading member in the 1930s.

Significance

Amy Brown was a granddaughter of the first Chaplain, Kerr-Johnson and had a lifelong association with the Mission and other philanthropic and social causes. She also had links with the early founding of the YWCA

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Memorial Plaque - Patrick Hearn Memorial Plaque

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Rectangular brass plaque mounted on wooden frame.

Historical information

Rank: Superintendent – retired Stations: spent most of his Service with the Fingerprint Unit, O.I.C. Doncaster, Kew, Prahran, Supt: Essendon, Acting Chief Superintendent for District of Ivanhoe Service: From 5 August 1948 to 26 May 1987 = 40 years Service Served in Cyprus from May 1969 – May 1970 Awards: National Medal – granted 10 September 1986 Police Overseas Service Medal – Clasp CYPRUS – granted 8 July 1992 Born: 25 May 1927 in U.K., Brackley, Northants

Significance

See also History - this commemorative plaque was installed by former colleagues marking the career and service of a highly regarded member of the Victoria Police force.

Inscriptions & Markings

UK AUS 26.8.27 5.5.07 Patrick Hearn UK 17.7.48 Merchant Navy 11.8.45 AUS 5.8.48 Victoria Police 26.5.87 May '68 U.N. Police in Cyprus May '75 His ashes scattered in the surf at his (indecipherable) Separation Creek Lovingly remembered by his family and friends.

Digital Image, series

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Street signs in St Kilda East depicting the area surrounding the former Grayling estate owned by Frederick Race Godfrey until his death in 1910.

Historical information

Graylings estate was purchased by Frederick Race Godfrey around 1872 on return of a family trip to England. Reverend Gurney Goldsmith met Ethel Godfrey here while he was invited for lunch and rose her interest in the cause of the sailors. The Godfreys organised two picnics for sailors on their property, one in 1905 and one in 1910. The estate was auctioned and subdivided in 1910 after Fredrick's death. But early the same year he had a second house built on the estate. A brick building that may be what is now the Graylings apartments. According to electoral rolls, Ethel Godfrey and her sisters Frederica and Winifred lived at 95 Alma Road.

Colour postcard - The Mission To Seafarers Melbourne 717 Flinders St: Caring for Seafarers in Victorian Ports since 1857

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Full colour promotional and information postcard featuring artwork collage print ( MTSV 0650) on one side and black on white information about the Flying Angel Club on the reverse.

Historical information

The postcard was probably generated 2012 or later after the acquisition of the Artwork generated in 2011, and featured as the colour image on one side of the postcard.

Significance

The postcard llustrates the typical early 21st services such as money exchange, modems, sim cards et al and facilities such as a free bus service and collection available through the Mission. Also documents the continuity of services offered to Seafarers over 100 years in the current building at 717 Flinders St (1917-2017).

Inscriptions & Markings

see image

Report - Serving Seafarers Worldwide

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Photograph - Picnic at the Zoo, Boxing day 1905

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Small monochrome outdoor photograph, very clearly focussed, depicting three men delivering or collecting teacups, and two ladies watching on in background

Historical information

On Boxing Day 1905, Mr Dudley Le Souef, the director of Melbourne Zoological Gardens, offered the grounds for a picnic. The seamen of the fifteen ships anchored in the harbour were invited. In the centre wearing a white cap is Mr Charles A. Holmes, Honorary Lay Reader of the Mission and behind him is Ethel Godfrey. The following day in the Age we could read: "Yesterday the scene of festivities was the Zoological Gardens, where a number of seamen from fifteen of the ships in the harbor had a sailors' picnic. The director of the gardens, Mr. Dudley Le Souef, kindly, allowed the picnickers the free use of the picnic ground, and also provided them with milk and hot water. A lengthy programme of sports was gone through, and those who were not inclined for athletics spent their time in strolling round examining the zoo logical inmates of the gardens. It was noticeable that the large carnivora were the favorites with the English sailors, whilst foreign seamen were immensely attracted by the kangaroos, wallabies and other Australian marsupials. After tea Mr. Le Souef delivered an interesting illustrated lecture entitled Sea Birds and Their Homes. In carrying out the two days' arrangements Mr. Goldsmith was energetically assisted by voluntary helpers, both ladies and gentlemen, and also received many contributions. " The Age, Wednesday 27 December 1905, page 5.

Inscriptions & Markings

Mr Holmes distributing cups Zoo Miss Godfrey Centre

Ware - Ceramic bowl

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

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.

Visitor log book 2009

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Red wire-bound notebook containing date, name, ship, nationality and signature of visiting seafarers.

Historical information

This book records the date, name, ship, nationality and signature of seafarers who visited the mission.

Significance

A picture of the changing nature of the crews of ships visiting Melbourne is created.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

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.

Quinn Letter - Letter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Single-sided letter written on seven sheets of thin, blue unlined paper (0821.a1-0821.a7) dated 3/09/49 and headed New York. No envelope was found.

Historical information

Allan writes that having reached New York he has 'signed off' the 'Fenris'. "After ten months I'm a civilian again....". He describes the eighteen hour voyage from Boston to New York when they came through the Cape Cod Canal and Long Island Sound in New England past holiday homes, sailboats and launches. He mentions that, in New York, Bing Crosby's latest film is 'Top of the World', Ingrid Bergman is appearing in 'Under Capricorn' and that you can buy a 12" television for the equivalent of fifty pounds, a smaller one for twenty-six pounds.

Significance

Quinn Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

The letter is from Allan to his mother.

Photograph

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Quinn Letter - Letter

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Two page letter (0304.A1-A2) written on blank beige paper with blue ink and envelope.

Historical information

A letter written from Charles Quinn to his mother in 1945 and depicts his time spent being back in Australia and seeing members of his family.

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

Inscription on top right corner: "M.I. Goonawarra Brisbane/Q 19/8/45" Inscription on bottom right corner of envelope: "Mrs S Quinn Sanlorenzo/63 Ocean Beach Manly NSW"