An exotic arrival in Sunderland

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When: 01 July 1949

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View of a zebra waiting to be unloaded at the Corporation Quay, Sunderland, July 1949 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/3176V).

This set of images celebrates the 300th Anniversary of the establishment of the Port of Sunderland. The port authority was constituted in 1717 by Act of Parliament, which appointed the River Wear Commissioners to manage and improve the harbour and river. Since then the port has changed beyond recognition with the construction of piers, docks and quays and the dredging of the River Wear to make it wider and deeper.

These developments were vital to the coal trade on which the region’s prosperity depended. The improvement of the river was also essential to the success of shipbuilding in Sunderland as well as allied industries such as marine engineering and ship repairing. These images are a reflection of Sunderland’s proud industrial history.

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    bawdy kittens

    • 01/Feb/2017 18:24:41

    Crikey! Obviously this photo was taken in an age long forgotten and not remembered by many. I hope the zebra lived a long life and was cared for with love.

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    • 10/Mar/2017 20:40:32

    I wonder what we're in the other drawers...😊