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Donna Adelaide Grossardi posing on the deck of HNLMS JAVA, 10 October 1930 | by Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons
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Donna Adelaide Grossardi posing on the deck of HNLMS JAVA, 10 October 1930

The Koninklijke Marine (Royal Netherlands Navy) including HNLMS JAVA, HNLMS EVERSTEN and HNLMS DE RUYTER arrived in Sydney on 3 October 1930. The ships berthed in West Circular Quay and The Sydney Morning Herald reported on the 'unfamiliar spectacle' of the Dutch squadron arrival.


On 10 October, the squadron hosted a reception on board JAVA 'as a return for the hospitality they had received while in Sydney'. The SMH reported that distinguished guests were greeted by the Dutch Consul-General P E Teppema, Madame Teppema and Rear-Admiral Kayser. This image depicts the Italian Consul-General Antonio Grossardi's wife, Donna Adelaide Grossardi, who was described as wearing 'black printed silk and a black velour hat'.


This photo is part of the Australian National Maritime Museum’s Samuel J. Hood Studio collection. Sam Hood (1872-1953) was a Sydney photographer with a passion for ships. His 60-year career spanned the romantic age of sail and two world wars. The photos in the collection were taken mainly in Sydney and Newcastle during the first half of the 20th century.


The ANMM undertakes research and accepts public comments that enhance the information we hold about images in our collection. This record has been updated accordingly.


Photographer: Samuel J. Hood Studio Collection


Object no. 00034772


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Taken in October 1930