This photograph depicts unidentified medical personnel, possibly Dutch, on board TSS ORANJE II drinking at a bar. On 28 June 1941, after a refitting at Cockatoo dock, Australia’s Prime Minister Robert Menzies hoisted a Red Cross flag on the Dutch liner TSS ORANJE. The ceremony marked the handing over of the vessel from the Dutch Netherlands Indies Government to the Australian and New Zealand Governments to be used as a hospital ship.

This photo is part of the Australian National Maritime Museum’s Samuel J. Hood Studio collection. Sam Hood (1872-1953) was a Sydney photographer with a passion for ships. His 60-year career spanned the romantic age of sail and two world wars. The photos in the collection were taken mainly in Sydney and Newcastle during the first half of the 20th century.

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Photographer: Samuel J. Hood Studio Collection

Object no. 00021315

Posted by Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons on 2012-10-12 03:24:21

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