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Lantern Slide - Aircraft Carrier, HMS Eagle, circa 1923 Reg. No: SH 881061
- 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:
- Stern view of the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Eagle. The hull was originally laid down for the Chilean Navy as the battleship Admirante Cochrane but during the First World War the vessel was purchased by the British government and later completed as the Royal Navy's first through-deck aircraft carrier. Eagle was deployed to the Mediterranean during the World War II and among other roles operated in support of Malta by flying off Spitfire fighters for the defence of the island. Eagle was torpedoed and sunk by U-73 in August 1942.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Miss Appleby - St John's Homes for Boys & Girls, 1988
|Dimensions:||82.0 mm (Height), 83.0 mm (Width)|
|Tagged with:||wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945, lantern slides, community organisations services, children s homes, orphanages, aircraft carriers|
|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:||WATER TRANSPORT|
|Secondary Classification:||Steam Power|
|Tertiary Classification:||naval vessels - british|
|Format:||Lantern Slide: Black & White; Standard (3¼ in. x 3¼ in.)|
|Manufacturer:||Alexander Gunn & Sons, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1924|
|Place & Date Used:||St John's Home for Boys and Girls, Canterbury, Victoria, Australia, 1924-1940|