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A mock rescue competition between the Adelaide Police Rocket Crew and the Willunga Volunteer Crew of Farmers from the local area. After the tragic loss of life with the wreck of the Star of Greece, it was found that just having rocket life-saving apparatus was inadequate, as the rocket stations were too far apart. As a solution, each station was set up with a crew of volunteer residents from the area, trained in the rocket apparatus and which were also able to get to ships in distress quickly.

The artist, John Charlton (1849–1917) was an English painter and illustrator of equestrian and military scenes. He was much sought after with many of his illustrations appearing in The Graphic.

Taken from a photograph by the Adelaide photographer Walter Scott-Barry, (1849-1911). The photograph forwarded to Charlton who produced the painting in England.

Wood engravings were first produced in Europe in the fifteenth century. During the late eighteenth century the process was re-introduced 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.


Published in The Graphic.

328 x 478 mm. (Image size).

Wood engraving.

Later hand colour.




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