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H.M.V.S. CHILDERS was built in Chiswick England for the Colony of Victoria. After federation the vessel became part of the Commonwealth Naval Forces, and later, the Royal Australian Navy.

Named to honour Hugh Childers, Anglo-Australian statesman. Childers was the first Chancellor of the University of Melbourne. He returned to England and among many positions, became the British Lord of the Admiralty.


Published in The Illustrated Australian News. 1883.


Artist. Charles William Foster. 1840-1920.


Wood engraving.


150 x 213 mm.


Wood engravings were first produced in Europe in the fifteenth century. During the late eighteenth century the process was reintroduced and used for inexpensive illustrated books. The nineteenth century publishing phenomena of the illustrated newspaper was made possible by use of the technique. The process allowed for the illustration and the text to be printed by a single pass through the printing press using the letterpress method.  It also made it possible for several engravers or even a team to produce and work on a single illustration at the same time.

All the major artists of the period contributed to the illustrations. Some papers acknowledged the artists on the plates but The Australasian Sketcher appears to have had a policy of anonymity. Where known, we have included the artist’s name.




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