Sydney Harbour through the lens of Australian photographer Samuel J Hood.
Allegedly a close friend of Hood’s, American Captain Edward Robert Sterling built his career from modest beginnings as a sailor before becoming the owner of a famously ill-fated fleet of tall ships. This photograph possibly depicts Sterling’s daughter, Dorothy, on board the most famous ship of the Sterling Line – the E R Sterling.
Captain Luis Alvarez and more than 300 Chilean Navy crew attracted significant public interest during their 1931 visit. On 25 July crew members Hector Villarroel and Victor Reyes were soundly beaten in boxing matches at Sydney Stadium in Rushcutters Bay. This photograph depicts either Villarroel or Reyes posing on board, fists at the ready.
Representing the French Pacific Naval Station, the sloop Bellatrix made three trips to Sydney for its annual overhaul between 1929 and 1932. Though the overhaul took place in Mort’s Dock, Balmain, the vessel was moored in Farm Cove and Ruschcutters Bay, sparking the curiosity of ferry onlookers as they steamed passed.
On 28 June 1941 Prime Minister Robert Menzies hoisted a Red Cross flag on TSS Oranje II. The ceremony marked the handing over of the vessel from the Dutch Netherlands Indies Government to the Australian and New Zealand Governments to be used as a hospital ship for the war. Australian, New Zealander and Dutch doctors and nurses were placed on board.
Curator: Nicole Cama
Producer: Michelle Mortimer