C1896

[Port Willunga] "To The Rescue!" A Volunteer Life-Saving Crew at World in South Australia

Wonderful engraving of a mock rescue competition between the Adelaide Police Rocket Crew and the Willunga Volunteer Crew of Farmers from the local area. To aid shipwrecks in South Australia after the tragic loss of life with the Star of … Read Full Description

$A 325

S/N: TG-SC-960404404–235310
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Full Title:

[Port Willunga] “To The Rescue!” A Volunteer Life-Saving Crew at World in South Australia

Date:

C1896

Condition:

In good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

479mm 
x 330mm

Paper Size: 

537mm 
x 383mm
AUTHENTICITY
[Port Willunga] "To The Rescue!" A Volunteer Life-Saving Crew at World in South Australia - Antique View from 1896

Genuine antique
dated:

1896

Description:

Wonderful engraving of a mock rescue competition between the Adelaide Police Rocket Crew and the Willunga Volunteer Crew of Farmers from the local area. To aid shipwrecks in South Australia after the tragic loss of life with the Star of Greece shipwreck, it was found that just having rocket life-saving apparatus was inadequate, as the rocket stations were far apart. As a solution each station was set up with a crew of volunteer residents from the area to be trained in the rocket apparatus and which were able to get to ships in distress quickly.

From the original edition of The Graphic.

John Charlton (1849 - 1917)

Charlton was an English painter and illustrator of equestrian and military scenes. Charlton received his first lessons in drawing from his father when he was only three or four years old, and within a few years was drawing horses with some skill. Due to his family’s financial misfortunes, he had to attend Dr. Sharp’s charity school held in Bamburgh’s great castle, and a few years later, was forced to quit and find employment. With the many British and colonial forces military engagements over possessions in northern and southern Africa, Charlton was much sought after with many of the illustrations appearing in The Graphic. After the death of his two sons in World War I, Charlton died after a brief illness brought on by the profound loss he felt with the loss of both his sons.

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