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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

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Free

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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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1382 items

1382 items

Photograph - Mission to Seamen, 717 Flinders Street

Key words

victoria-missions-to-seamen
melbourne-missions-to-seamen

Black and white photograph depicting face on MTSV building circa mid 20th C.

Historical information

The building is clearly what is now known as the Mission to Seafarers, however there seems to be a sign on the building describing it as the Mission to Seamen. Depicts actual road outside the Mission, Flinders st which seems to still be undeveloped with wooden? drainage covers still in place suggesting a period for the photograph circa late 1930s to the immediate post WW2 era.

Significance

The image is part of the century long record of the central location of the Mission at 717 Flinders St.

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Register - Ladies' Harbour Lights Guild Members' Register

Key words

lhlg membership

fabric bound office ledger style book

Historical information

Provides an overview of membership names and dates of subscribers to the LHLG at the Mission

Significance

Provides a record of and insight into patterns of membership of the MtS LHLG in the early 20th C.

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Documents - Telegram (1487A) and envelop (1487B)

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Journal - The Log: Volume 1, number 3, issue 213, 2018

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Photograph - The Empire State from 5th Ave

Key words

photographs
mission-to-seafarers
seamen
new-york
america
allan-charles-quinn
fifth-avenue
merchant-navy

Black and white photograph of the Empire State Building, New York, taken from street level looking towards the top of the building.

Historical information

Allan Charles Quinn was a member of the Merchant Navy from aged 16 as well as being a trained photographer. This photograph was taken during his travels through America whilst still being associated with the Merchant Navy.

Significance

This photograph of the Empire State building is a part of the Allan Charles Quinn Collection which is a photographic autobiography of the life of an individual seafarer.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten in blue ink on reverse of photograph: "EMPIRE STATE/ 5-10-49".

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Photograph - Ship Carnarvon Bay wrecked King Island 15 September 1910 - R.J.N Filkin apprentice

Key words

shipwreck
apprentice
king island
carnarvon bay
captain griffith
violet teague
masonic hall
ss taracoola

Sepia photograph depicting the ship Carnarvon Bay at sea with a written inscription in black ink.

Historical information

The ship Carnarvon Bay bound from Liverpool to Sydney with a general cargo struck rocks off Stokes Point on the coast of King Island on Thursday 15 September 1910. On the day the crew used two lifeboats but were separated. One of them with Captain W. Griffith and 17 men was rescued by the SS Taracoola and brought back to Melbourne. Apprentice, R.J.N Filkin was amongst them (his name is listed on the Argus article relating the event (Monday 19 September 1910). In the article called "Welcome Shelter" it seems it was the first sea voyage for the young Filkin. The other boat with 15 men was lost for several hours. There was no casualties but the 3000 ton cargo was lost. The seamen were received at the Sailors Home then welcomed at the Mission by Reverend Haire as shown on a photograph publish in the Punch (22 September 1910). Reverend Gurney Goldsmith was in England at the time. The crew was invited to an evening of entertainment organised by artist Violet Teague at the Masonic Hall on the 19th of September. According to the article "Welcome Shelter" she was painting the "tableaux" at the Mission when the seamen were present, interviewed by the journalist. This evening organised by the Ladies Harbour Lights Guild was planned to raise funds for the Mission.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ship Carnarvon Bay wrecked King Island 15 September 1910 - R.J.N Filkin apprentice

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Photograph - Sir Reginald Alexander Dallas Brooks receives cheque for MTSV at Centenary dinner 1956

Key words

mission to seafarers
donors
state governors
sir reginald alexander dallas brooks

large rectangular b/w photograph in landscape format depicting three men on the left a clergyman, centre a man with a moustache in a dark suit and on right man in a light suit and wearing spectacles seems to be presenting a cheque.

Historical information

Sir Reginald Alexander Dallas Brooks (1896–1966), State Governor of Victoria 1949 - 1963 was guest speaker at a special fundraising dinner held to commemorate the centenary of a mission to seamen in Victoria. The image depicts the State Governor flanked by Archbishop of Melbourne and an unidentified guest presenting a cheque as donation, at the centenary dinner.

Significance

The Centenary dinner held in 1956 marked a key milestone in the maintenance of services to seafarers in Victoria. The State Governor presence as special guest and speaker helped to launch a key fundraising drive that was much needed.

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Quinn Letter - Letter

Key words

letters-from-abroad
quinn
1949
new york
los angeles
road trip

Single-sided letter written in green ink on eight sheets of thin, blue unlined paper (0825.a1-0821.a8) dated 7/10/49 and headed Los Angeles. Matching envelope (0825.b) has a border of alternating yellow and green diagonal stripes.

Historical information

Allan writes in detail about his six-day, 3500 mile car trip from New York to Los Angeles. Only one of the five other passengers shared the driving with him. He describes the excellent roads, the beautiful countryside, the towns, and the friendly people. He thought New Mexico the most beautiful state he saw and Tombstone was the most interesting place.

Significance

Quinn Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

The letter is from Allan to his mother. There is no stamp on the envelope and the postmark is indistinct.

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Quinn Letter - Letter

Key words

letters-from-abroad
quinn
ms fenris
1949

Two and a half page letter written on one and a half sheets of unlined white paper (0806.a1-2), headed MS Fenris, Montevideo and dated 21.03.49. The air-mail envelope (0806.b) is duck-egg blue with a green lining and a 5cm border of diagonal, repeating stripes of green, white, yellow, white.

Significance

Quinn Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

0806.b bears one green Uruguay stamp and is addressed to Mrs S Quinn, 5 Pollington Street, St Kilda. The postmark is indistinct.

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Quinn Letter - Letter

Key words

letters-from-abroad
allan quinn
alette andersen
london 1952

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.

Significance

Quinn Collection

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Photograph - On board the William Mitchell: On the poop looking forward

Key words

reverend john reginald weller
ship visit
william mitchell
sail

Historical information

The photograph probably taken by Reverend Weller on a visit to the ship. The photograph was detached from album page 1595.

Inscriptions & Markings

number 17

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Photograph - Men in chaplain's library

Key words

photography
library
black-and-white
mission-to-seafarers

Black and white photograph of two men in the chaplain's library. The man on the left of the frame is putting a book back on the shelf and the man to the right of frame appears to be be reading a book.

Historical information

This photograph forms part of the collection that has been accumulated at the Mission to Seafarers Victoria. It demonstrates that that there was an ample library once in use at the Mission.

Inscriptions & Markings

Number 3 (in circle) handwritten in black ink on reverse of photograph in top right-hand corner. Reverse side also includes a numerical stamp of "1940".

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Group certificate 16 January 1945

Key words

quinn
tax
earnings
group
certificate

This is a tax certificate marked No. 535441

Historical information

A typewritten group certificate.

Significance

This document tells us how much Allan Quinn was paid in 1945 and how much tax he paid. It provides information on earnings at that time.

Inscriptions & Markings

The employer is listed as The Darling Island Stevedoring and Lighterage Coy Ltd. The tax withheld was 2 pounds 12 shillings on total earnings of 79 pounds 10 shillings.

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

Key words

annual-report
victoria-missions-to-seamen
victorian-seamens-mission
melbourne-missions-to-seamen
mission to seafarers

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)

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Photograph - Hanging on up aloft [the] C.B. Pedersen

Key words

richmond
chains
rope
seafarers
rigging
peckham photographic studios
geo beachcroft propr
cb pedersen
tall ships

Black and white photograph of 9 men hanging from ropes in the rigging. One man is upside down, another is holding his hat out. The mast is off to the right-hand side of the photograph and there are several ropes and chains.

Historical information

Snapshot in time of tall ship and the relaxed clambering about the rigging by sailors. The C.B. Pedersen is also referred to as a Training Ship for Swedish seamen and cadets. A reference in Annual reports and in Jottings from our log notes that classes in Swedish amongst other languages were offered by the LHLG to members and some of the earliest photographs note Swedish sailors relaxing. The first officer and captain of the C.B. Pedersen are depicted in photograph (0706) on permanent display.

Significance

Training of seamen has always been of of keen interest to the Mission to Seamen and many cadets have been welcomed over the 20th Century when widespread training was undertaken by a number of seafaring nations.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the back of the photograph in the top left-hand corner is an ink stamp with the text "Peckham Photographic Studios/Geo Beachcroft/Propr./21 Charlotte St./Richmond/Victoria, Australia". In black pen is the text "Hanging on up aloft/C.B.Pedersen".

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Letter - Letter to Lillie from Ted

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.

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Photograph - Down Town New York

Key words

photographs
mission-to-seafarers
seamen
hudson-river
skyscrapers
new-york
allan-charles-quinn
manhattan
skyline
cityscape

Black and white photograph of Manhattan and Hudson River showing skyscrapers in the background with other buildings and general cityscape in foreground.

Historical information

Allan Charles Quinn was a member of the Merchant Navy from aged 16 as well as being a trained photographer. This photograph was taken during his travels through America whilst still being associated with the Merchant Navy.

Significance

This photograph captures the New York skyline of 1949 in very clear detail. This photograph is part of a larger collection, know as the Allan Charles Quinn collection, which provides a photographic autobiography of the life of an individual seafarer

Inscriptions & Markings

Blue handwritten ink on reverse of photograph "10-9-49".

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

DVD - Kapooka The Home of The Soldier

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

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Quinn Letter - Letter

Key words

letters-from-abroad
allan quinn
alette andersen
london 1952
vera south

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.

Significance

Quinn Collection

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

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Quinn Letter - Letter

Key words

letters-from-abroad
allan quinn
alette andersen
london-uk

A pale blue self-folding letter (0890.a1) headed 37 Elsham Road, London W 14 and dated 22/11/51. Part of the address has been torn off. Letter is typed using a very small font. It is addressed to Mrs K Hayes, 14 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia. Above the address and across the right hand corner is a very faint, barely legible promotional stamp . The return address is Allan Quinn, 37 Elsham Road, London W14. Below this, is penciled 45 Frederick St. Ormond.

Historical information

Allan has received the three parcels his mother sent; one of eggs, one of butter and one containing a Christmas cake. He writes they can get two eggs a week now.

Significance

Quinn Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

Letter commences "...My dear Mum and Kip,..." and is signed "Allan"

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Digital image - Dora Walker's medals of the Order of the British Empire

Brought to the Mission to Seafarer Victoria by her sons on 28 April 2018 to be photographed

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Quinn Letter - Letter

Key words

letters-from-abroad
quinn
1948
christmas card

A bi-fold,commercially produced, poly-chrome Christmas card (0397.a). The predominant colours are blue, red and green. See image. Envelope (0397.b) is post-marked Sydney and dated 3 December 1948.

Significance

Quinn Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

The card is inscribed 'Very best wishes, Wanda'.

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Cigarette Lighter - Bora Cigarette Lighter

Key words

cigarette lighters
smoking accessories

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 a 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)

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

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Quinn Letter - Letter

Key words

charles quinn
mission to seafarers
1945
letter
queesland

Two letters written in 1945. One from 07/06/45 (0312.A1-A2), the second from 25/09/45 (0312.A3-A4) both written on beige paper in blue ink and an envelope (0312.B).

Historical information

Two letters from Allan Quinn to his mother written in 1945. Letter #1 Allan depicts his time spent in Port Pierce Letter #2 Allan discusses his time spent in Queensland where he visited his family.

Significance

These letters are of historical, social and interpretive significance as they provide 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. There are two stamps in the top right hand corner.

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Digital photograph - Dedication stone Port Melbourne Mission 1930

Key words

archbishop head
port melbourne
reverend h. s. bailey
building renovations
1930

Rectangular foundation stone with inscription inlayed in a bluestone wall.

Historical information

Built in 1888, the building at Port Melbourne was in need of renovation. In February 1929 a fundraising was organised by the Box Hill branch of the Ladies Harbour Lights Guild: "The Mayoress of Box Hill (Mrs. C. Palling) opened a very successful Australian tea, held on Tuesday afternoon in St. Peter's Parish Hall, by members of the Box Hill branch of the Ladies' Harbour Lights Guild, to raise funds towards the cost of renovating the Port Melbourne Seamen's institute. The building is in a very dilapidated condition, and is totally inadequate for the extensive requirements of the Mission to Seamen." (1929 'AUSTRALIAN TEA.', Box Hill Reporter (Vic. : 1925 - 1930), 15 February, p. 7.) "Additional buildings at the Seamen's Institute, conducted by the Victoria Missions to Seamen, at Port Melbourne, were officially opened and dedicated yesterday (23 January 1930) by Archbishop Head. The additions, which have been erected at a cost of £3000, comprise an extension of the recreation hall, new canteen and office, ladies' rest room, apprentices' room, officers' room, and five-roomed dwelling, for the caretaker." 1930 'MISSION TO SEAMEN.', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 24 January, p. 13.

Inscriptions & Markings

To the glory of God and the welfare of seamen/ This stone was unveiled by the most Rev. Frederick Waldegrave Head B.O. Archbishop of Melbourne, on the 23rd day of January 1930

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Book - Helen Macpherson Smith: Her Life and Lasting Legacy, 17 April 1874-19 April 1951

Key words

helen macpherson smith (1874-1951)
philanthropy
jane sandilands
benefactor

Hard cover book of 145 pages; Apps A-F, Acknowledgements, Bibliography and Index, by Jane Sandilands. The mainly black cover features a photograph of Helen Macpherson Smith as a young woman. The title is printed in pink.

Historical information

This book describes the life and times of Helen Macpherson Smith, Australian Philanthropist, and her lasting legacy The Helen Macpherson Smith Trust.

Significance

Major benefactor

Inscriptions & Markings

Foreword: Dame Elisabeth Murdoch

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Quinn Envelope - Envelope

Key words

envelope
allan quinn
nevada
1945
senator hotel

Single envelope (0318.B) without letter from San Francisco. The letter is from the Senator Hotel, Reno, Nevada stationary. Letter has six stamps and is dated July 12th or 18th of 1945. The letter is addressed to Mrs S. Quinn, "San Lorenzo", 63 Ocean Beach, Manly, N.S.W, Australia. There is also a return address on the back.

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Piano, Upright - Royal Piano

Key words

piano
royal grand piano
beale
beale-vader

A walnut case, full iron framed Upright Piano . See image details; decorative trims throughout, and identification plate inside. Screw holes indicate missing candle brackets or sconces on the two front panels.

Historical information

Beale-Vader patented model; this piano dates to his early production period. The piano was possibly acquired either for the 1907 building at Siddeley St or when the 717 Mission building opened in 1917 after several solicitations of members and supporters.LHLG members used it for entertainments and concerts including accompaniment of silent films in the 1920s. 21st century visiting seafarers whilst on shore at the Mission, still regularly play pieces such as popular tunes and classics.

Significance

the manufacturer Beale initially imported pianos but was the first piano manufacturer in Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

Lid Royal letters patent coat of arms; inside workings stamped plaque: " The/ Beale-Vader / Steel-wirest-plank / patented / throughout / the world"

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Photograph - Chicken on board a ship

Small monochrome photograph, birds on board a ship

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands

Book - Welcome and Farewell: The Story of Station Pier

Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Docklands