Leather bound book containing signed testimonial to Captain Meaburn in an oak box

c 1910

Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum

Part of a collection of memorabilia of Captain John Elliot Meaburn. Meaburn was captain of the SS WYREEMA when it collided with the SS CURRAJONG on March the 9th, 1910. The SS CURRAJONG sank in Sydney Harbour and is now a popular diving site.

The memorabilia includes Meaburn's binoculars with his name on the leather case and the binoculars, his telescope, pictures of the WYREEMA and of Captain Meaburn, along with a leather bound book with photographs and signatures. The decorative leather bound book is still in its original oak box.

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  • Title: Leather bound book containing signed testimonial to Captain Meaburn in an oak box
  • Date: c 1910, c 1910
  • Type: Book
  • Significance: This is an outstanding collection of the memorabilia of the service and community support for an Australian coastal steamship captain. It shows the importance placed in these items by Captain Meaburn and his family and descendants, and reflects the faith and esteem placed on the service of sea captains by various Australian maritime communities during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The objects were treasured by Meaburn's descendants. They are exquisitely and lovingly hand detailed - reflecting a lost art in illuminated and decorated community driven testimonials - and remain in remarkably excellent condition. As such, they are a rare and important group of artefacts.
  • See institution's online collections: http://www.anmm.gov.au/collections
  • Medium: Leather, paper, ink, metal, photographs
  • Dimensions: 340 x 285 x 25 mm
  • Credit line: ANMM Collection Gift from Geoff Thorne

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