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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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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

Framed Photograph - Barambah A37 HMAT

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Black and white landscape orientation photographic print of steam ship at dock with crowds of people waiting dockside. The print is housed in a plain black frame with glazing, mountboard support with composite board backing 4 removable clips and hanging system composite backing with angled freestanding foot.

Historical information

"BARAMBAH A37 HMAT" Australian Government / 1912 built as the "Hobart" a cargo steamship for/ the German-Australian line, Hamburg. In 1914 seized at Melbourne and refitted as a Troop transport, renamed "Barambah" and given the prefix A37. Remained in such capacity until 23 May 1918 then transferred to Commonwealth Government Line of Steamers fleet. In early 1925 sold to North German Lloyd, Bremen and renamed "Justin", until scrapped May 1935. The original photograph was by J.E. Barnes of Kew who was also known as the embarkation photographer ( see also Kew Historical Society entries on Vic Collections)

Significance

This photograph of significance and interest as it is believed to be Port Melbourne in 1914 quite close to the Mission to Seamen at PM who may have had the mission facilities used by the crew of this ship. It shows: the nature of a small steamship used for troop movement 1914, also some of the family groups gathered to farewell loved ones departing for action during WW1.

Inscriptions & Markings

printed Label on back of print and handwritten label on back of frame: " BARAMBAH / A37 HMAT / Australian Government / 1912 built as the Hobart a cargo steamship for/ the German-Australian line, Hamburg...." (see also History and Significance this record for full details)

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Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A letter written on one side of a single sheet of lined paper (0925.a1) dated 12/02/1972. No envelope sighted.

Historical information

The letter refers to Mr Hawke, and the Unions "...who hold a State and Country to ransom..."

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Inscriptions & Markings

The letter commences "The Editor 50-50..." and is signed "E.H. St Kilda"

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Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A seven page letter written on four sheets of buff coloured paper (0923.a1-4) headed 64 St George's Square, London, S.W.1, England. Letter is undated; 'Wednesday' is written under the heading. The Air Mail envelope (0923.b) has been re-addressed from A. Quinn Esq., 414 Como Parade, Parkdale, Victoria, Australia to 14 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda. Letter is postmarked London S.W.1. The postmark is dated 20 December, 1955. A 'Post Early for Christmas' promotional stamp is partly obscured by the postage stamp.

Historical information

Barry writes of mutual friends.

Significance

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Inscriptions & Markings

The letter commences "Dear Allen [sic],...." and is signed "Barry."

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A two-page letter (0924.a) written on one sheet of unlined, pale blue paper headed The Meadows, Epsom, Surrey and dated 22/12/58. The matching envelope (0924.b) is addressed to Mrs Edna Hayes, No. 6 Flat, No.1 Park Street, St. Kilda, Victoria, Australia. The postmark is very faint and partly obscured by the blue air mail sticker.. There are some numbers penciled on the back of the envelope.

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Letter commences "Dear Edna.." and is signed "...sincerely James Hayes."

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A two-page letter (0922.a) written on one sheet of unlined, pale blue paper headed The Meadows, Epsom, Surrey and dated 17/12/55. The cream envelope (0922.b) is addressed to Mr Kip Hayes Esq., 14 Fitzroy Street, St. Kilda, Victoria, Australia. The postmark is Epsom, Surrey. There are several numbers penciled on the back of the envelope.

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Letter commences "Dear Kip.." and is signed "Jim"

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A blue self-folding letter (0921.a) headed The Meadows, Epsom and dated 11/08/55 is addressed to Kip Hayes Esq., 14 Fitzroy Street, St. Kilda, Victoria, Australia. The postmark is Epsom, Surrey.

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Inscriptions & Markings

Letter commences "Dear Kip.." and is signed "Jim"

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Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A black card (0920.a1) on which 'Joyeux Noel' is written in large blue letters. To the right of this is a picture of a young man leaning through an ornate picture frame smoking a cigarette. Above this is written 'Barry'. This part of the card has been folded in. Four centimetres of singed cigarette with 'Happy Xmas Cobber' written on it is stuck onto the card. The back of the card is white. The envelope (0920.b) addressed to A. Quinn Esq., has been re-addressed from 414 Como Parade, Parkdale, to 14 Fitzroy Street, Kilda, Victoria, Australia. The London postmark is dated 17/07/55. The return address, written on the back of the envelope, is B. Warner, 64 St George's Square, London S.W.1 England.

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Inscriptions & Markings

The brief letter written on the back of the card commences "Dear Allan" and is signed "Barry". The letter is not dated.

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A four page letter written in black ink on two sheets of buff coloured paper (0919.a1-2) headed 64 St George's Square, London, S.W.1 and dated 13/07/55. The Air Mail envelope (0919.b) is addressed to Allen [sic] Quinn Esq., 414 Como Parade, Parkdale, Victoria, Australia and postmarked London S.W.1. The stamps have been torn off partly removing a promotional stamp.

Historical information

Barry writes inquiring about the possibility of employment in Australia.

Significance

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Inscriptions & Markings

The letter commences "Dear Alan [sic],...." and concludes "...Regards Barry."

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A pale blue self-folding letter (0918.a1) headed London and dated 15/07/53. Letter is written in blue ink. It is addressed to Mrs K Hayes, 14 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia and postmarked London S.W.1. This is a special air letter produced by the Post Office to commemorate the coronation. Printed in red, to the left of the address, it comprises a spray of four flowers representing Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland above the letters ER. Below that is 1953 and the word 'coronation' in white on a red ribbon. The return address is Allan Quinn, C/- Australia House, London.

Historical information

Allan is about to leave London and expects to arrive in Australia in six weeks time. His last visit to Albert Hall was to see the musical 'Hiawatha'.

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Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A pale blue self-folding letter (0917.a1) headed London and dated 7/07/53. Letter is written in blue ink. It is addressed to Mrs K Hayes, 14 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia and postmarked London S.W.1. This is a special air letter produced by the Post Office to commemorate the coronation. Printed in red, to the left of the address, it comprises a spray of four flowers representing Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland above the letters ER. Below that is 1953 and the word 'coronation' in white on a red ribbon. The return address is Allan Quinn, C/- Australia House, London.

Historical information

Allan writes of his trip on the Continent and of meeting with Alette in Norway.

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Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A pale blue self-folding letter (0915.a1) headed London and dated 24/06/53 [sic]. Letter is written in blue ink. It is addressed to Mrs K Hayes, 14 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia and postmarked Kensington W.8. The date on the postmark is 26/05/53. The return address is Allan Quinn, C/- Australia House, Strand, London.

Historical information

Allan writes of London being decorated "...like a fairyland..." for a coronation. He plans to photograph it from a stand in the East Carriage Drive of Hyde Park. He will be in the stand from 6 am until 5.30 pm.

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A pale blue self-folding letter (0916.a1) headed London and dated 4/06/53. Letter is written in blue ink. It is addressed to Mrs K Hayes, 14 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia and postmarked Kensington W.8. The return address is Allan Quinn, C/- Australia House, London.

Historical information

Allan writes of how wonderful it was to be in London for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and describes the procession from his vantage point in Hyde Park. He is planning to spend a few weeks on the Continent before returning to Australia in July.

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Inscriptions & Markings

There are several numbers written in pencil below the return address.

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A blue self-folding letter (0914.a1) headed London and dated 30/04/53. Letter is written in blue ink. It is addressed to Mrs K Hayes, 14 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia. The postmark is very faint. The return address is Allan Quinn, C/- Aust. House, London.

Historical information

Allan writes of seeing the film 'The Cruel Sea' and attending the Anzac Service at St Paul's Cathedral. He is enjoying his new job "....working for a technical and industrial photographer." He plans to sail home to Australia on the 'Orontes' on the 17th July.

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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.

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Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A blue self-folding letter (0912.a1) headed London and dated 21/03/53. Letter is written in blue ink. It is addressed to Mrs K Hayes, 14 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia and postmarked London W.1. The return address is Allan Quinn, C/- Australia House, London.

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Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A blue self-folding letter (0911.a1) headed London and dated 25/02/53. Letter is written in blue ink. It is addressed to Mrs K Hayes, 14 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia and postmarked London W.1. The return address is Allan Quinn, 8 Gloucester Walk, London W. 8.

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Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A blue self-folding letter (0910.a1) headed London and dated 8/02/52. Letter is written in blue ink. It is addressed to Mrs K Hayes, 14 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia and postmarked London W.1. The return address is Allan Quinn, C/- Aust. House, London.

Historical information

Allan is very upset as Alette wants to postpone their wedding again. She has taken a job in a shop in Oslo and shows no signs of returning to London despite their plans to marry in February and travel to Australia in July.

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Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A blue self-folding letter (0909.a1) headed London and dated 30/12/52. Letter is written in green ink. It is addressed to Mrs K Hayes, 14 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia. Postmark is illegible. The return address is Allan Quinn, C/- Australia House, Strand, London. There are four lines of writing at right angles to the return address.

Historical information

Allan writes of a lonely Christmas without Alette who is spending it in Norway with her family. They are planning to get married in the last week of February.

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A three page letter written on three sheets of unlined, buff-coloured paper (0908.a1-3). Letter is headed 542 Jersey Street, San Francisco, phone AJ 2-0309 and dated 20/12/52. The matching envelope (0908.b) is addressed to Mr Allen [sic] Quinn. It has been re- addressed from C/- Australia House, The Strand, London, England to 8 Gloucester Walk, W8. Written in the top left hand corner is N Cowley, 542 Jersey St. S.F. Calif. Below this is a purple post office 'Returned To Sender From San Francisco Postage Due.' stamp . This is partially obscured by one of the five three-cent postage stamps placed across the top and down the right hand side of the envelope. 'Air Mail' is written diagonally across the lower left hand corner. On the back is a partially legible postmark dated 2 January 1953. The postmark on the front is illegible.

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Inscriptions & Markings

Letter commences "Dear Allen [sic]...." and concludes "...Merry Xmas and Happy New Year from Pat, Darline, Allen and Norman your Yavla Swenska Shipmate,"

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Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A pale blue self-folding letter (0907.a1) headed 37 Elsham Road, London W 14 and dated 12/12/52. Letter is typed using a very small font. It is addressed to Mrs K Hayes, 14 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia. There is no visible postmark. Return address is Allan Quinn, 37 Elsham Road, London W 14.

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A pale blue self-folding letter (0906.a1) headed 8 Gloucester Walk, London W 8 and dated 10/12/52. Letter is written in green ink. It is addressed to Mrs K Hayes, 14 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia. It is postmarked London. The return address is Allan Quinn, Australia House.

Historical information

Allan writes of the severe fog which meant there were no buses of planes for three days. "I only heard or saw two cars over the weekend and each one had a man in front with a torch." When he and Alette attended the Royal Concert they found themselves sitting near Charlie Chaplin, Sir Laurence Olivier and Vivian Leigh. The Queen was there and Sir Malcolm Sargent conducted the orchestra and a choir of 500. Alette is going home to Norway for Christmas.

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A pale blue self-folding letter (0905.a1) headed 8 Gloucester Walk, London W 8 and dated 22/10/52. Letter is written in green ink. It is addressed to Mrs K Hayes, 14 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia. It is postmarked London. Postmark is very faint. Return address is Allan Quinn, 8 Gloucester Walk, London W 8.

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A pale blue self-folding letter (0904.a1) headed 37 Elsham Road, London W 14 and dated 9/10/52. Letter is typed using a very small font. It is addressed to Mrs K Hayes, 14 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia. The postmark is not legible. Return address is Allan Quinn, 37 Elsham Road, London W 14.

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A pale blue self-folding letter (0903.a1) headed 8 Gloucester Walk, London W 8 and dated 18/09/52. Letter is written in green ink. It is addressed to Mrs K Hayes, 14 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia. It is postmarked Paddington W 2. Return address is Allan Quinn, 8 Gloucester Walk, London W 8. Enclosed is a small off-white piece of paper (0903.b) with writing, in green ink, on both sides.

Historical information

Allan and Alette are going to Oslo for Christmas and may marry there. Allan has attended a number of Promenade Concerts at Albert Hall and enjoyed seeing harmonica player Larry Adler, composers Vaughan Williams and John Ireland and conductor Sir Malcolm Sargent. He has been promoted at work and is now in charge of the Processing Department.

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Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

A pale blue self-folding letter (0902.a1) headed 8 Gloucester Walk, London W 8 and dated 12/08/52. Letter is written in blue ink. It is addressed to Mrs K Hayes, 14 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia. It is postmarked Paddington W 2. Return address is Allan Quinn, 8 Gloucester Walk, London W 8.

Historical information

Allan is working with a photography firm.

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A pale blue self-folding letter (0901.a1) headed 8 Gloucester Walk, London W 8 and dated 16/07/52. Letter is written in green ink. It is addressed to Mrs K Hayes, 14 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia. It is postmarked Paddington W 2. Return address is Allan Quinn, 8 Gloucester Walk, London W 8.

Historical information

Allan has finished his photography course and passed the exams.. Eleven of his photos were exhibited in the end of year exhibition and one of them, a portrait of an Indian girl, received a gold star award.

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A pale blue self-folding letter (0900.a1) headed 8 Gloucester Walk, London W 8 and dated 24/06/52. Letter is written in blue ink. It is addressed to Mrs K Hayes, 14 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia. It is postmarked London W1.. Section for sender's name and address is blank..

Historical information

Allan writes of seeing the Trooping of the Colour, of visiting the Kew Gardens and Maidenhead, and with the photographic school to Cambridge and Oxford. His photographic course finishes in three and half weeks.

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A pale blue self-folding letter (0899.a1) dated 29/05/52. Letter is written in blue ink. It is addressed to Mrs K Hayes, 14 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia. It is postmarked Kensington and is barely legible. The return address is Allan Quinn, 8 Gloucester Walk, London W8.

Historical information

Letter contains news of Allan's cousin Pat and aunt Vera. He describes a debate at the House of Commons that he attended. He writes "...Churchill came in near the end to vote. He is looking very old." He and Alette saw the musical 'Call me Madam' with Anton Walbrook in the lead..

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A pale blue self-folding letter (0898.a1) headed 8 Gloucester Walk, London W 8 and dated 3/05/52. Letter is written in green ink. It is addressed to Mrs K Hayes, 14 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia. It is postmarked Kensington and is barely legible. The return address is Allan Quinn, 8 Gloucester Walk, London W8.

Historical information

Letter contains news of family members in London

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A pale blue self-folding letter (0897.a1) headed 8 Gloucester Walk, London W 8 and dated 23/04/52. 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. The return address is Allan Quinn, 8 Gloucester Walk, London W8.

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