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Album with 125 Original Photographs of Garden Island - Sydney Base of the Royal Australian Navy, Showing its Sites and Residents, Tennis Club, "Tresco Mansion," portraits of the "Japanese officers at Garden Island," and others, as well as Views of Sydney Harbour, the Blue Mountains, Golf Clubs in Blackheath, Melbourne and Sydney, et al].
1910 - Ca. 1910-1914. Folio (ca. 32x27,5 cm). 12 stiff card leaves. 125 gelatin silver prints ca. 7,5x10 cm (3x4 in) mounted within rectangular or oval frames. All photos with period ink manuscript titles on the mounts. Period green full cloth album with colour stamped title "Sunny memories" on the front cover. Overall a very good internally clean album with bright photos. Interesting photo album from the family of a high ranking Australian naval officer who resided at Garden Island, base of the Royal Australian Navy in Sydney (now a restricted area). The interesting images include views of Garden Island: streets, embankment with HMS Pegasus, Signal Hill on the Coronation Day, interior of the island church, "Idol from Mallo Kollo Island" (Malakula, Vanuatu), "the tree planted by H.M. The King," "swimming bath," and others. A series of views depict Garden Island tennis club which is considered to be Australia's first lawn tennis court (built in 1880), showing the court itself and tennis court pavilion, group portraits of players shown during games or afterwards, posing with rackets. The album's owner or compiler (named "H.C.") is on several photos, posing in naval uniform in his garden, on board HMS Encounter and on board a naval ship at the beginning of WW1 (the last photo dated November 1914); there are also portraits of (probably) his wife "Ad" and other naval officers and sailors (Gosling, Baker, S.P.O. Trevin); views of their house and garden on Garden Island (the exterior, interiors of the drawing room and office, images of the front and kitchen gardens). Six interesting group portraits show "Japanese officers at Garden Island" posing in white uniform with "Ad" and another lady at the tennis court. Five photos depict the ¿Tresco¿ mansion ¿ the official residence of the Naval Officer-in-Command at the Garden Island (the exterior and interiors, ¿swimming bath¿, a view of the Sydney harbor from Tresco). Three photos show the Bristol biplane in Sydney with the following commentary: "one of two sent arrived Dec. 1910, flew Perth, then Melbourne, then Sydney, c. Feb. 1911." There are also images of numerous ships in Sydney harbor (HMS Fantome, HMS Cambrian, HMS Powerful, HMS Encounter, P&O S.S. Moldavia, HMS Pioneer et al.), Sydney botanical gardens, a series of photos from a trip to the Blue Mountains (Grand Canyon, Grose Valley, Kanimbla Valley, Hydro Majestic Hotel in Medlow Bath, and others). Several photos reveal the album compiler's keenness on golf (images of the Blackheath golf links, the Royal Melbourne golf club and the Royal Sydney Gold club). Overall a very interesting illustration of the social life of Australian naval officers on Garden Island on the threshold of the First World War. "Garden Island, located in Sydney Harbour to the east of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay, has been associated with the defence of Sydney and eventually Australia, since the first fleet of convicts arrived in 1788. Garden Island is thus named because it was here that the crew of HMS Sirius of the First Fleet planted a vegetable garden in late January 1788. Garden Island has had connections with the Navy since the early days of the colony. As well as a garden, it housed a gun emplacement which guarded the passageway between Farm Cove and Pinchgut (Fort Denison) until the construction of Fort Macquarie on Bennelong Point. A similar gun pit was built on Gov. Macquarie's Point, but this was removed after Fort Macquarie was built and no trace of it remains today. In 1811 Gov. Macquarie declared Garden Island a civilian establishment and thus it stayed until 1856 when it was returned to the Royal Navy for use as a base. The base grew in a ramshackle manner with new buildings and facilities being added progressively over the next century. Today it is a restricted area and houses the Fleet Base of the Royal Australian Navy and the Garden Island Dockyard" (Garden Island/sydneyforeveryone-online). [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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