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Mission to Seafarers Victoria Docklands, Victoria

For their safe and efficient operations, ships depend on seafarers working far from their home and family for months, sometimes years and often in harsh, isolated and dangerous conditions. The Mission to Seafarers Victoria supports seafarers in the most practical way, by provision of support. Mission to Seafarers is an international organisation that began in 1836, with 26 facilities operating in Australia.

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

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9am-10pm

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Free

Location

717 Flinders Street Docklands Victoria

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The collection focus is on the Mission to Seafarers Victoria organisational history and the communities surrounding it - seafarers, the Anglican chaplaincy and philanthropic groups, such as the Ladies Habour Lights Guild. The collection spans from the late 1800s to the present day. It comprises documents, books, photographs and objects.

Significance

The Mission to Seafarers' heritage collection and building is of at least state significance (architectural). The buildings and several collection items are listed on the Victorian Heritage Register (H1496) and the National Trust Register (B4588) due to their representativeness of the Arts and Crafts and Spanish Mission styles. The collection holds historical significance because of its importance to Australia's cultural history through its representation of national maritime welfare and migration themes. The collection holds social/spiritual significance as a place of strong or special association with national and international seafaring community, and with the national and international Anglican Church movement and prominent philanthropic groups and individuals.

Margaret 12 October 2016 5:42 PM

I am researching a Mariner who arrived allegedly on the "Essex" - date unknown but it would have been before 1872 when he married at the Fitzroy Registry Office. His name was Alexander Bothwell from Aberdeen Scotland. Would there be any records going back that far? Do you research for queries ? If so, how much ? Thanks.

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1313 items

1313 items

Account of wages 1948

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Account of wages dated 17/11/47 to 2/5/48

Historical information

Account of wages paid in New York to Allan Quinn

Significance

This account provides an insight into the amounts paid to seamen in the years after the war.

Inscriptions & Markings

Allan Quinn on the Morgenster, Cape Town Wages of 168 12 6

Account of wages

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Issued by the Ministry of War Transport

Historical information

Allan Quinn's wages while he was on the Morgenster.

Significance

An interesting picture of what seamen earned in 1947 and who was paying them at that time in the years after WWII.

Inscriptions & Markings

Earning for Allan Quinn from 9/9/47 to 16/11/47 69 7 4

Advertising - GoTalk for Australian Seafarers

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Aerial Photograph - (Yarra and Docklands, Melbourne)

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Large framed and glazed print of aerial colour photograph of the Yarra river and Docklands, C - 1982 - 1995

Significance

This work can be used for comparison against a similar print installed as part of a coffee table in the clubroom on ground floor and locates the Mission building in relation to local surroundings.

Album - Scrapbook

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Red leather-bound album with green and gold tooling on the front cover and spine. Gilding at the edges of multicoloured groups of pages: eg pink blue aqua and beige. See also condition notes

Historical information

This scrapbook contains newspaper cuttings, hand written poems and quotes from friends and family members and pressed flowers and ferns. Entries were made in the mid 1800s to early 1900s and relate to Duncan family history.

Significance

This is an album of social and historic significance, being part of a sub-collection of material that provides a snapshot of the type of individuals and families involved in the Ladies Harbour Lights Guild and the activities carried out by that organisation.

Inscriptions & Markings

Decoratively embossed word on front cover : "ALBUM" . Inner pages: Handwritten in various inks throughout are poems and quotes. Two unidentified initials followed by Duncan name on the inside page.

album page - Photographs

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Annual report - 1910 Annual Report Victoria Missions to Seamen

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A white booklet with blue printed text, the Missions to Seamen's logo and photographs of the Port Melbourne, Central Institute and Williamstown locations. It contains the annual report for all the Missions to Seamen and associated organisations in Victoria.

Historical information

The report was produced by and distributed to members, containing reports from the Committee, Chaplain, the Ladies Harbours Lights Guild, as well as a list of subscriptions and rules for the 1910 period.

Significance

Annual reports were published by the Mission to Seamen each year, and included reports from all seamen's missions and organisations in Victoria, as well as associated groups, such as the Ladies Harbour Lights Guild. These reports provide documentation of the activities conducted by the Mission, as well recording the people involved.

Annual report - 1882 Annual Report Victorian Seamen's Mission

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Small grey booklet with black ink printed on front cover with ornate printed border.

Historical information

Small grey booklet including the report from the Executive Committee, the Chaplain's report, Treasurer's report and a list of subscriptions for 1882. The report encompasses both the Victorian Seamen's Mission and Sandridge (No. 1) Sailors' Rest.

Significance

The 1882 annual report outlines all the major activities involving the Mission over the course of the year as well as included names of those involved, participating, making decisions or donating time or money.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten in pen on top left hand corner: "Rev N.J. Danne"

Annual report - 1865 Annual Report Victorian Seamen's Mission

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Green coloured book containing the annual report of Victorian Seamen's Mission (Mission to Seafarers) for the year 1865. The cover is printed in black ink with a sketch of a tall ship in full sail.

Historical information

The organisation is obliged to complete an annual report. This book contained the report for the year 1865 , only eight years after commencement of services aboard the Bethel Floating Chapel.

Significance

The report lists the members of the executive committee, chaplain, patron and other prominent members of the organisation. Further the report provides a summary of the workings of the organisation for the year as well as financial details. Through the succession of years the annual reports provide a clear overview of the Mission fulfilling its purpose and the people who helped to accomplish that purpose.

Annual report - 1899 Annual Report Victorian Seamen's Mission

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Faded blue booklet with black printed text and ornate printed border on front cover. This is the Forty-Second Annual Report of the Victorian Seamen's Mission incorporating the Port Melbourne Seamen's Institute and Williamstown Sailors' Rest.

Historical information

The reports were produced and readily distributed annually to a number of organisational stakeholders and included reports from the Committee, Chaplain, extracts of letters, Ladies auxiliary and a list of subscribers.

Significance

These reports were produced annually and include a number of smaller reports from the Executive Committee, Chaplain and auxiliary. They sometimes included photographs and a list of subscribers and amounts pledged. These reports provide an organisational overview as well as many stories of the people who populated the Mission to Seafarers.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten in ink on top right hand corner: "F B Berhaus [indecipherable]" Handwritten in ink on bottom left hand corner: "Melbourne Sailors' Home"

Annual Reports 1906 -1999 (series) - Annual Reports - Victoria Missions to Seamen (1906-1999 incomplete)

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Printed Mission to Seamen Annual Reports series from 1906 to 1999. [Stored in binders 1 to 5]. Some reports missing see below in historical notes. Variable dimensions, formats and covers especially post World War Two. please note 1942 to 1953 the title on front cover is, 'Financial Report' but includes general report notes as well. 1958 to 1960 includes additional cover. 1967 cover misprinted as 1968. Reports for 1976 to 1979 are missing. Also, 1980, 1982 to 1983 also missing. See MTSV 0232 for new series under title, 'Mission to Seafarers Annual Reports' 2000 to current. See below for any special condition notes.

Historical information

Annual reports were published by the Mission to Seamen each year, and included reports from all seamen's missions and organisations in Victoria, as well as associated groups. These reports provide documentation of the activities conducted by the Mission, as well recording the people involved. Includes reports from the Committee, Chaplain, the Ladies Harbour Light Guild, as well as a list of subscriptions and members and rules which changed at various periods. See also comments above and description for missing issues and storage locations. NB reference to the war memorial fund may also be found in select copies. [In 2000 the name of the institution changed to, 'Mission to Seafarers Victoria'. See MTSV0232. See separate entry]

Significance

The Annual Reports together with 'Jottings'. [See also 0034, 0060 and 0075. 0045 an epitomised history of matters of interest] Provide the best accounts and story of the Mission from the late 19th Century through to the end of the end of the 20th Century. They are a vital resource and guide to names and dates.

Inscriptions & Markings

See each individual report.

Annual Reports [series entry] - Annual Reports Victoria Missions to Seafarers 2000 - current

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Bound paper document with various covers . At Present Annual Report 2002 yet to be sighted.

Historical information

IN 2000 the Mission name changed to Mission to Seafarers reflecting the increased presence of female in visiting crews. The Annual Report contains reports from the Committee, Chaplain,and financial reports. NB increasingly reports from 2012 were also available electronically and recent issues are stored as printouts

Significance

Annual reports are published by the Mission to Seamen and later Seafarers each year, these reports provide ongoing documentation of the activities conducted by the Mission, as well recording the people involved.historically through to the present day.

Inscriptions & Markings

Title date and publisher on front cover ( NB some covers feature only the date of General Meeting that is the year after the report period)

A pair of wineglasses - The Mission to Seafarers Melbourne

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A pair of small clear glass standard wineglasses comprising an oblong bowl on a short stem and mounted on a round base. (1667.a, 1667.b).

Historical information

Created as an organisational promotion and fundraising product for sale in the Mission gift range. Late 20th -early 21st C.

Significance

A unique example of memorabilia glassware with MTS logo as a promotional device.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed in white on each wineglass is 'The Mission to Seafarers Melbourne' and the Mission's symbol of the Flying Angel.

Architectural Plan

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Detailed drawing of proposed development to the ground floor of the Missions to Seamen Building dated 10 October 1983

Historical information

This proposed development does not appear to have been implemented.

Inscriptions & Markings

'Mission to Seamen Building/flinders str. extension melbourne'. 'Sheet 1 of 4'

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

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Article - The Herald: He's a Light in the Harbor

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Article - Double Spread Page about the Hastings Mission

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

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

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

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

Ashtray - R M S Orsova

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

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

Historical information

Several items were given by a seafarer, Mr Nicholas Garlick (1926-2009) into the care of Father Brady who retired from St Pauls Cathedral, Melbourne in 2018. Father Brady later donated the collection of; objects, documents and an extensive collection of cruise ship menus (1937-end of 20thC) to the Mission via the intermediary William Hastie, volunteer at the Mission for Seafarers.

Significance

There are several references in the Mission records to both this ship and an earlier vessel with the same name.

Australian passport for Allan Charles Quinn

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

32-page Australian passport dated 17 April 1953. No. C12026

Historical information

The item is part of the Quinn collection donated to the MTSV.

Significance

This passport is a demonstration of how Quinn travelled and required a passport to be issued in New York.

Inscriptions & Markings

The passport was issued by the Australian consulate general in New York, according to a stamp on the inside right-hand page. The passport contains a photograph of Mr Quinn on page 3.

Badge - Queensland The Ladies' Harbour Lights Guild

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Enamel badge with in fastening: The Ladies' Flying Angel Guild in the form of a blue enamel "Q" with the flying angel flag (see also notes on reverse).

Historical information

The Ladies' Harbour Lights Guild originally inspired by the Central Mission in England was established in Melbourne in 1906. The first secretary Miss Ethel Godfrey is known to have addressed and established LHLG groups in Brisbane and Sydney circa 1918 to 1920 (see clipping MTS scrapbook 1906-1935).

Significance

This badge therefore represents a link with LHLG groups elsewhere in Australia. The LHLG groups were vital in raising funds and maintaining facilities around Australia for seafarers.

Inscriptions & Markings

At the front: Queensland The Ladies' Harbour Lights Guild. On reverse stamped in upper case the word "SILVER" and initials "W.B." (possibly W.Blake?)

Badge - Honorary Worker

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Small round lapel badge denoting Ladies Harbour Lights Guild and its association with Mission to Seamen (Mission to Seafarers). The badge incorporates the logo flag of Mission to Seamen. This badge is for an "honorary worker".

Historical information

The lapel badge was worn to signify membership of the Ladies' Harbour Lights Guild. This badge was issued to honorary workers. The Harbour Light Guild no longer has any members after they amalgamated with the Flying Angels in the 1960s, therefore these badges are of historical interest.

Significance

The Ladies' Harbour Lights Guild was instrumental in securing funds to construct the current building at 717 Flinders Street. They were also dedicated volunteers who organised many social functions and events to offer visiting seafarers an opportunity to relax, have fun and socialise away from the ship.

Inscriptions & Markings

Gold lettering around the edge of the badge: "HONORARY WORKER" Gold lettering inside central Mission flag: "THE MISSION/TO SEAMEN"

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

Badge - The Mission to Seafarers

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Small cast-metal pinned badge in the shape of a flying flag, with inlaid blue enamelling, which bears the flying angel motif and words 'The Mission to Seafarers'

Historical information

Identifies a MTS member and/or supporter

Inscriptions & Markings

Fattorini 0121-236 1307

Badge - Flying Angel

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Very small cast-metal pinned three dimensional representation of flying angel holding a book.

Historical information

This badge was once owned by Rosemary Dalling, wife of Reverend Alfred 'Bill' Dalling and then passed on to Pat - Information provided by Pat Dann of Hastings Seafarers Centre. According to 'The Melbourne Anglican' website, Alfred worked: Mission to Seafarers, Sydney 1960 to 1962, Newcastle 1962 to 1968 and Melbourne 1968 to 1972;

Significance

The badge depicts the angel of the revelation a key symbol used by the earliest established services in the 19th C. of services to seafarers. An adapted and modernised symbol is still in use in the 21st century.

Badge - Honorary Worker - The Missions to Seamen

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Small circular cast-metal pinned badge with inset image of a flying flag. The flag bears the flying angel motif and words 'The Mission to Seafarers', while around the border of the outside circle reads 'Honorary Member'. Inlaid blue enamelling picks out the flag, motif and words.

Historical information

Identifies a MTS member and/or supporter, and signifies recognition of exemplary effort.

Significance

Identifies a MTS member and/or supporter, and signifies recognition of exemplary effort.

Badge , The Ladies' Harbour Lights Guild - Harbour Light Guild, Melbourne

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Small round white and gilt lapel badge denoting Ladies Harbour Lights Guild and its association with Mission to Seamen (Mission to Seafarers). The badge incorporates the logo flag of Mission to Seamen.

Historical information

The lapel badge was worn to signify membership of the Ladies' Harbour Lights Guild.

Significance

The Ladies' Harbour Lights Guild was instrumental in securing funds to construct the current building at 717 Flinders Street. They were also dedicated volunteers who organised many social functions and events to offer visiting seafarers an opportunity to relax, have fun and socialise away from the ship.

Inscriptions & Markings

Gold lettering around the edge of the badge: "HARBOUR LIGHT GUILD MELBOURNE" Gold lettering inside central Mission flag: "THE MISSION/TO SEAMEN" Maker's mark on reverse: "K.G. Luke/Melb"

Bible

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Holy Bible with overlapping leather cover.

Historical information

This is possibly a Bible given to Allan Quinn when he was a boy. It may well have been passed on to someone else.

Significance

The importance of a Bible in the lives of people is evident. And also the need to pass this Bible on to other members of the family.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the front page is written "Master Allan Quinn" with a date that is partly indecipherable: 19?4. Under this is written Master ?? Quinn.

Black and white framed photograph of s.s. "Diomed" - s.s. Diomed

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A black and white photograph of a ship at sea, the s.s. "Diomed", in a glazed, thin, black, wooden frame: verso detailed labels and information on torn brown-paper backing. String hanging system.

Historical information

The s.s.'Diomed' was the last of the Blue Funnel Line's coal-burning cargo ships. Launched in 1922 she made her last voyage from Australia to England in 1952 where she was broken up. The ship had been in service in Australia for thirty years, and as a parting gesture the ship's bell was presented to the Mission to Seafarers, Victoria by Alfred Holt & Co, the ship's owner in 1953 (see MTSV 0084 for the catalogue record of the ship's bell).

Significance

Lay reader, Randall Stewart Murray, was a regular visitor to the s.s. Diomed over a number of years and accepted the offer of the ships brass bell when the ship was being broken up. This bell is on display at the Mission.

Inscriptions & Markings

Three labels. Label 1, Blue funnel line description of four ships. Label 2, "deans" framer's label with hand-written numbers: D13290 and 239/021. Label 3, Seabridge Australia Pty Ltd with donor details.

Black and White Photograph - Crew of the Nyanza - Glasgow, Coronation Day May 12 1937, Melbourne, Australia

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Photograph of the Nyanza crew on the day of Georges VI coronation.

Inscriptions & Markings

Coronation Day May 12 1937, Melbourne, Australia