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Two images overlaid, depicting a woman and people in a car

This image depicts two images overlaid, with people sitting in a car and a woman at the edge of a stretch of water in Newcastle, New South Wales. The man depicted in the car second from the left is American shipowner, Captain Edward Robert Sterling. The woman seated to the right of Captain E R Sterling is possibly his daughter Ethel Manila Sterling. The woman seated at the wheel is Ethel May Sterling (née Francis), who was originally from Newcastle and married Captain E R Sterling's son, Captain Ray Milton Sterling. The photograph was probably taken on 25 May 1915, due to the lettering on the left.


For more information see our blog post on the Sterlings:


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. 00023126

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Taken on May 25, 1915