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'Australian Contingent on their way to make History. Novr. 1914' (a large panoramic photograph of a detailed drawing - albeit an artist's impression - of this momentous event, signed in the image in the bottom right-hand corner 'H. Dalton Hall RN / Glenelg')
The sepia-toned gelatin silver photograph (image size 200 x 557 mm) is behind a wood-veneer window mount (visible surface 379 x 689 mm) extensively captioned in white ink in a calligraphic hand with the names of the vessels in the fleet (46 by his reckoning). It is surrounded by a gilt fillet, behind glass, in the original wooden frame (external dimensions 527 x 832 mm); the original brown paper backing on the verso has been largely removed, but overall, it is a very impressive piece in fine condition throughout. Harold Dalton Hall (1881-1946) was 'a South Australian marine artist and model maker who worked in oil, watercolour, pen and ink. Harold joined the South Australian Navy and worked on the colonial naval vessel "Protector" as a cabin boy in 1894. While Dalton Hall undertook some training with Adelaide art teacher James Ashton, he was largely self taught' (South Australian Maritime Museum). The artwork commemorates the departure from Albany of the First Detachment of the Australian and New Zealand Imperial Expeditionary Forces 'which were later to become collectively known as the Anzacs. Merchant ships carrying troops from New Zealand, Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria departed from Albany on 1 November 1914, together with three cruisers HMA Ships "Melbourne" and "Sydney" and the HMS "Minotaur". They were joined at sea two days later by two ships carrying troops from South Australia and Western Australia, along with the Japanese cruiser, HIJMS "Ibuki"' (Albany Convoy Commemorative Event). Only about a third of the convoy, carrying almost 30,000 men and 8000 horses, is visible in Hall's unrealistic depiction of the scene, but the value of this piece - surely a relatively expensive production in its time - lies much more in the light it throws on the contemporary treatment of such a significant current event.
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