On 23 July 1925, Sydney hosted eight of the US Navy Battle Fleet's largest ships. This photograph depicts members of the United States Naval Patrol at the Orient Line Company's wharf in East Circular Quay. They are standing in front of the Citizens' Welcome Canteen which was set up as a free service by the Citizens' Welcome Committee. 'The Sydney Morning Herald' reported on the canteen's purpose in the lead up to the visit:
'Sydney has a reputation world-wide, for hospitality. The committee for the citizens' welcome has secured the ideal accommodation at the landing stage at Circular Quay, where our guests may obtain refreshments, may rest, write letters, and play games.'
SMH, 15 July 1925, p. 14
'The first view the American sailors will get of Australian womanhood will be at the old Orient Company's wharf, where they will be welcomed by the Citizens' Welcome Canteen. More than 500 ladies are giving their services over the period of the fleet's visit to Sydney to assist in entertaining the men.'
SMH, 21 July 1925, p. 8
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. 00024920
Owner: Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
The background and other photos show that this series of photos was taken on No 2 or 3 Wharf at Circular Quay, not Garden Island.