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Sea serpent and boats at the Anniversary Day Regatta at Cremorne Point | by Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons
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Sea serpent and boats at the Anniversary Day Regatta at Cremorne Point

This is likely to be the 'historical events' and special presentation performed at the Anniversary Day Regatta near the flagship THEMISTOCLES at Cremorne Point on 26 January 1933. 'The Sydney Morning Herald' reported on this aspect of the day's festivities:

 

'Variety was given to the harbour scene by a representation of a huge sea serpent being propelled, apparently without effort, around the flagship, followed by a miniature "Ark Ararat" and other small craft symbolical of historical events.'

 

This photo is part of the Australian National Maritime Museum’s William Hall collection. The Hall collection combines photographs from both William J Hall and his father William Frederick Hall - the latter of which is likely to have taken this image. The images provide an important pictorial record of recreational boating in Sydney Harbour, from the 1890s to the 1930s – from large racing and cruising yachts, to the many and varied skiffs jostling on the harbour, to the new phenomenon of motor boating in the early twentieth century. The collection also includes studio portraits and images of the many spectators and crowds who followed the sailing races.

 

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Object number 00013732

 

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Taken on January 26, 1933