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Dutch Consul-General Teppema, Madame Teppema and Rear-Admiral C C Kayser greeting Lady Riddle and Enid Riddle on board 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. Madame Teppema is described as wearing ‘a jacket suit of black morocain, with a white satin blouse and a black baku hat’ and carrying ‘a bouquet of pink carnations.’


The woman greeting Admiral Kayser is possibly Lady Annie Riddle, wife of the Governor of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Sir Ernest Cooper Riddle. The woman to her right is possibly her daughter, Enid Riddle.


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.


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Photographer: Samuel J. Hood Studio Collection


Object no. 00034773


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Taken in October 1930