Model - Tonkang Cargo Boat, Malayan, 1880 Object Reg. No: ST 018267

Summary:
This model of a traditional Malayan Tonkang cargo boat has a single mast with rounded bow and square stern. It was exhibited at the Melbourne International Exhibition, 1 October 1880 - 30 April 1881. The model is of rough manufacture, made from unvarnished and unstained very light wood, possibly teak. There is a large calico sail, not attached. Main part of boat is made from single piece of wood, with benches and masts slotted in afterwards. There are three small metal loops inserted into wood, one at centre of bow and two on either side of stern, with small pieces of twine still attached to loop at the bow and one loop at the stern. Possibly for the mast but could also hold the model up while on display at the Exhibition. This model was donated to the Museum by the Straits Settlement Commissioners in 1881.
Description:
The model is of rough manufacture, made from unvarnished and unstained very light wood, possibly teak. There is a large calico sail, not attached. Main part of boat is made from single piece of wood, with benches and masts slotted in afterwards. There are three small metal loops inserted into wood, one at centre of bow and two on either side of stern, with small pieces of twine still attached to loop at the bow and one loop at the stern.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Straits Settlement Commissioners, 1881
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 950 mm (Height), 105 mm (Width), 450 mm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Measurements for sail down. With sail up 45L x 46W x 40H.

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Tagged with: boats, exhibitions melbourne international 1880-1881, model boats, cultural traditions, sailing vessels, royal exhibition building
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Melbourne International Exhibition 1880
Tertiary Classification: exhibition heritage
Inscriptions: There are two inscriptions attached - on bench where mast is inserted is "no. 17" in handwritten script. On stern is the inscription: "Tonkang Cargo Boat" in same handwritten script.
Place & Date Exhibited: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Carlton, Victoria, Australia, 1 Oct 1880 - 30 Apr 1881
Exhibitor: Straits Settlement Commissioners, Straits Settlements (Malaysia), 1 Oct 1880 - 30 Apr 1881

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