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Lantern Slide - Royal Navy Officers, Zeebrugge Raid, 1918 Image Reg. No: SH 881087

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.
Standard format black and white Lantern Slide with black binding tape.
Description Of Content:
Group of Royal Navy officers who took part in the 'Zeebrugge Raid' of 23 April 1918. This celebrated episode in British naval history was an attempt to block the Belgian ports at Zeebrugge and Ostend which were being used by the German navy to gain access to the North Sea and supply their forces in Belgium and Northern France. Captain Alfred Carpenter is pictured third from the right. Carpenter commanded the Arrogant class cruiser HMS Vindictive which was severely damaged in the action at Zeebrugge. He received the Victoria Cross for his conduct of the operation and was later promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral.
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)

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Tagged with: wars conflicts, 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: 'Newton & Co. 37 King St Covent Garden, London, (NWSC Navy II), 44'
Format: Lantern Slide: Black & White; Standard (3¼ in. x 3¼ in.)
Place & Date Used: St John's Home for Boys and Girls, Canterbury, Victoria, Australia, circa 1921-1960
Ship Depicted: Royal Navy (RN), England, Great Britain, April 1918

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