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Sailors and the ships cat from about 1895

October 2nd, 2013 by

Detail of Positive image from a scan of a Powerhouse Museum, Philipps Collection, glass plate negative

The International Fleet Review taking place in Sydney from 3 to 11 October 2013 will bring thousands of sailors from around the world into Sydney. Sydney has one of the most famous harbours in the world and so is no stranger to visiting sailors.  The above image from about 1895 is a detail from a photograph of the crew of the British Royal Navy Ship, HMS Royalist. The ‘crew’ includes the ship cat peeping out between faces of the men.

The HMS Royalist was based in Australia from 1888 to 1899 and was part of the Australian Station of the Royal Navy, which was established to protect the colony and other British interests in the Pacific. The men are assembled on deck in what, by the standards of the day, is a very informal pose. They are sitting and standing at various angles, with some leaning on and through the railings. As well as the cat, two parrots (probably Australian Corellas) are included in the picture.

Click on the full image below to see a charming video exploration of this image on the Museum’s Flickr site.

2008/165/1-88 Glass plate negative (1 of 193), crew members on HMS Royalist, glass, photographer possibly Arthur Phillips, Australia, c. 1895

Post by Lynne McNairn, Web and Social Technologies

Photography possibly Arthur Phillips c 1895
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