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HUMPHREYS, Luke b. (mid-19C)

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HUMPHREYS, Luke b. (mid-19C)


Humphreys, Luke

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1 volume

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Luke Humphreys' name is on the front of the volume which is a record of supplies bought, in particular alcohol, and a record of sales of alcohol to the officers and crew. It is likely therefore that Humphreys was steward of the two ships named on the front of the volume.

HMS Rosario was an 11-gun Rosario-class screw sloop of the Royal Navy, launched in 1860 at Deptford Dockyard. She served two commissions, including eight years on the Australia Station during which she fought to reduce illegal kidnappings of South Sea Islanders for the Queensland labour market. A team from Rosario played the first ever New Zealand International Rugby Union match against a Wellington side in 1870.

HMS Nymphe was an Amazon-class sloop, of the Royal Navy, built at the Deptford Dockyard and launched on 24 November 1866. She served in the East Indies and Australia, and was sold in 1884. She initially commenced service on the East Indies Station in 1867, before returning to England in 1871, where she was refitted and re-armed. She served on the Australia Station from March 1875 until 1878.

The Australia Station was the British—and later Australian—naval command responsible for the waters around the Australian continent.

Scope & Content:
Large bound, hessian covered volume labelled “Wine Book” on the front. The names of each ship and Humphreys' name have also been written on the front cover as follows: “HMS Rosario 1870, Luke Humphreys”, and “HMS Nymphe, L H 1875”. The volume contains columns with lists of different types of alcohol, the names of those buying drinks and the cost; there are also a few lists of food supplies. Loose pages include a newspaper cutting about the death, in 1875, of the Commander of the Australian Station, James G Goodenough; an elegy written by C Jolly, about drownings on the River Thames in 1873; a dinner menu printed in Gisborne, 1882; and a memo of prices for the Ward Room Steward of HMS Nymph for food items bought from Alex E Doig, General Merchant and Importer, Levuka, 1876. [NB Some pages at the front of the volume are torn or loose]

Dates covered:

1869 - 1882

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