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Lantern Slide - Admiral David Beatty, 'Hero of the North Sea', circa 1916 Image Reg. No: SH 881090

Summary:
Part of a collection of magic lantern slides relating to British naval history originating from the St John's Home for Boys. These slides were produced in Melbourne after the First World War with images from books and other sources. They are believed to have been used to illustrate lectures to the children in St John's Homes. Several of the slides are marked with the name 'Boreham'. This may indicate a link to Reverend Frank William Boreham (1871-1959), a noted Baptist writer and preacher who used lantern slides to illustrate talks in Melbourne and Tasmania however St John's was an Anglican institution.

Established as St John's Home for Boys in 1923, the home was located in Balwyn Road, Canterbury at 'Shrublands', a mansion formerly the property of investor & businessman John Hindson (1839-1919). His widow Alice Hindson (nee Henty) donated 'Shrublands' to the Anglican Church as a memorial to her husband and William, her late son, to be used as a home for "needy and destitute' boys on the condition it was named 'St John's'. It was officially opened on 22 November 1924 after extensive renovations to accomodate 30-40 boys, also paid for by Alice Hindson. There was a physical link with British naval history as Dame Nellie Melba donated a chapel lantern to St John's Home supposed to be one of those used by Admiral Lord Nelson in the cabin of his flagship HMS Victory. She also donated a cabin bell and wooden spars from HMS Victory. The latter were turned into candle holders.
Description:
Standard format coloured Lantern Slide with black binding tape.
Description Of Content:
Hand coloured portrait of Admiral of the Fleet David Beatty (1871-1936). Beatty commanded the Royal Navy's battlecruiser squadron at the Battle of Jutland in May 1916 and later commanded the Grand Fleet. In 1919 he received the title 1st Earl Beatty and served as First Sea Lord until 1927.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Miss Appleby - St John's Homes for Boys & Girls, 1988
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 82.0 mm (Height), 82.0 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: lantern slides, community organisations services, world war i 1914-1918, children s homes, orphanages, naval forces
Themes this item is part of: St John's Home for Boys & Girls, Canterbury, Victoria, Childhood & Youth Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: portraits
Inscriptions: On Slide: ADMIRAL BEATTY / HERO OF THE NORTH SEA
Format: Lantern Slide: Hand Coloured; Standard (3¼ in. x 3¼ in.)
Place & Date Used: St John's Home for Boys and Girls, Canterbury, Victoria, Australia, circa 1921-1960
Person Depicted: Sir David Beatty, England, Great Britain, 1919-1927

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