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The Captain's Chair constructed out of timber salvaged from the wreck of the DUNBAR

1857

Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum

The impact of the DUNBAR disaster is hard to imagine in these days of safe and efficient air and sea travel. For those living in the emerging colony of Sydney during the 1850s the tragedy had a lasting emotional effect. To commemorate the loss of the ship and its passengers and crew numerous mementoes and souvenirs of the event were published, printed and manufactured in Sydney in late 1857.

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  • Title: The Captain's Chair constructed out of timber salvaged from the wreck of the DUNBAR
  • Date: 1857
  • Location: Australia
  • Type: Chair
  • Significance: Known as the Captain's Chair it is highly likely that this piece of furniture was constructed out of timber salvaged from the wreck of the DUNBAR in 1857. It is a perfect example of the type of memento produced to commemorate the loss of the ship, its passengers and crew.
  • See institution's online collections: http://www.anmm.gov.au/collections
  • Medium: Wood
  • Dimensions: 1907 x 691 x 820 mm, 19000 g
  • Credit line: ANMM Collection Gift of Helen and Peter Isbister

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