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B2271 Ship model, steam launch, SS "Violet", solid wood hull with details, displayed at the Sydney International Exhibition, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1879, made by Samuel Harvey, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia, 1874 - 1884. Click to enlarge.

Ship model, steam launch, SS “Violet”.

Made in Australia, Oceania, 1874-1884.

This model of the steam launch, SS Violet, is particularly important to the Museum as it was displayed at the Sydney International Exhibition of 1879 in classes 577-585 along with some other models. It was made and exhibited by Samuel Harvey (1822-1888). Harvey was awarded a bronze medallion for his models and the Exhibition’s judges’ comments were that they were, “ingenious but rather rough in detail”.

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Summary

Object No.

B2271

Object Statement

Ship model, steam launch, SS "Violet", solid wood hull with details, displayed at the Sydney International Exhibition, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1879, made by Samuel Harvey, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia, 1874 - 1884

Physical Description

Ship model, steam launch, SS "Violet", solid wood hull ,with details including mock-up steam boiler, ships wheel connected to tiller and rudder, brass railing around deck, single screw double bladed prpeller, metal canopy. Finished in light and dark brown, with gold stripe along top of hull. Samuel Harvey, Australia, 1874 - 1884

Marks

"VIOLET" at bow of model.

Dimensions

Height

160 mm

Width

110 mm

Depth

640 mm

Production

Notes

Model made by Samuel Harvey, 1874-84.

Made

Australia, Oceania 1874-1884

History

Notes

This ship model was made by Samuel Harvey before 1879. Samuel was born in 1822, the son of James Harvey and Grace Stanaway. At the age of 28 Samuel arrived in New South Wales in 1853 on aboard the 'Malvina Vidal' a German ship which had left Plymouth on 17 Mar 1853 and arrived in Sydney on 20 June 1853. He was accompanied by his wife, Elizabeth (nee Coad), also 28. According to the shipping records Samuel was an agricultural labourer from St Agnes, in Cornwall.

Samuel and Elizabeth had four children, Julia Grace Harvey 1854-1911; Robert Harvey 1856-1875 (he drowned in a boating accident on the Parramatta River); Elizabeth Harvey 1857-1926 and Samuel Harvey b. 1860. Samuel was a "Family Grocer" on the corner of Harris and George Streets, Parramatta. He died in 1888 "at his residence" on the corner of Harris and George Streets, probably above the shop.

Two years earlier, Samuel's daughter, Elizabeth Harvey, had married Joseph Holt in Parramatta in 1886. Joseph Holt took over his father-in-law's grocer's shop and in 1891 offered to loan Samuel Harvey's three models and International Exhibition medal to the Museum. The Museum agreed and the models were sent by train from Parramatta to Sydney at the Museum's expense.

Not long after loaning the models to the Museum, Joseph and Elizabeth Holt moved to "Hollingworth" Balmoral on the "Southern Line" not far from Picton, south of Sydney. Correspondence with the Museum at this time saw Holt ask the Museum's then Curator, J.H. Maiden, if the Museum would like to purchase the models and medal but this was declined on account of there being no funds available. There does not appear to be any further correspondence between the Holt family and the Museum regarding this loan.

Joseph and Elizabeth Holt had five children, Harvey Holt b. 1887; Charles Frederick Holt b. 1889-d.1951, Melba Holt 1891-1974 and James Cook Holt b. 1895. The Holt family subsequently moved to The Meadows, Seven Hills. Joseph Holt died in 1923 and was buried at Rookwood Cemetery while his wife, Eliza Holt, died in 1926 at her daughter's home in Leichhardt.

References

Letters of correspondence between Joseph Holt and the Museum's curator J.H.Maiden (1891)
Proudfoot, A., "Exhibition as Idea for the Powerhouse Museum" in Proudfoot, P, Maguire, R & Freestone, R., "Colonial City Global City - Sydney's International Exhibition 1879" (Sydney, 2000)

Cite this Object

Harvard

Ship model, steam launch, SS "Violet". 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 26 June 2019, <https://ma.as/211540>

Wikipedia

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