This image depicts the Dutch representative, Major-General Hein ter Poorten shaking hands with Australia's prime minister at the time, Robert Gordon Menzies on board TSS ORANJE II. Watching the pair is ter Poorten's aide-de-camp Captain A Zimmerman. On 28 June 1941, after a refitting at Cockatoo dock, Prime Minister Menzies hoisted a Red Cross flag on the Dutch liner 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. 00021308
Owner: Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons
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