On this day 26th January, 1788 the British Fleet, led by Arthur Phillip sailed into Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour) to establish Sydney, the first permanent European settlement on the continent. 26th January is now commemorated as Australia Day .Sydney was named after Thomas Townshend The 1st Viscount Sydney, a British politician who held several important Cabinet posts in the second half of the 18th century
Half-length facing left in rear-admiral's undress uniform, 1795-1812 pattern, wearing the St Vincent medal and the star of a KB. The empty right sleeve is pinned across and the upper part slit and closed with ribbons to accommodate the wound dressing from Nelson's loss of his right arm at Santa Cruz, Tenerife, in July 1797. This is the second of many replica portraits of Nelson made by Abbott (after an original finished oil), all based on the only oil study of him that the artist made from life.
Royal Naval Vice-Admiral's full dress coat belonging to Lord Nelson. The coat is of blue wool cloth with blue stand-up collar, lapels and cuffs. The collar, lapels and skirts are edged with gold lace. The buttonholes on the lapels, cuffs and pockets are also edged in gold lace. The pocket flaps and pockets themselves are edged in gold lace as are each of the skirts. There are three faux buttonholes on either side of the central back vent that are also outlined with gold lace, circa 1795-1812.
Royal Naval uniform: pattern 1795-1812. Nelson's orders of chivalry are sewn to the left hand front of the coat. The front, tail and collar of the coat are lined with twill-woven cream silk. The left sleeve is lined with white linen while the right sleeve is unlined. The left sleeve, which would have been quite tight, has a small slit in the cuff. Conversely, there is no slit in the right sleeve and there are the remnants of a black silk loop at the end of the right sleeve.
Sous Lieutenant Rene Pierre Marie Dorme (30 January 1894 - 25 May 1917), Legion dHonneur, Medaille Militaire, Croix de Guerre was a French World War I fighter ace credited with 23 victories. Rene Dorme served as an artilleryman in North Africa before becoming a pilot. He was injured in a crash before he saw action. He did not get into combat until March 1916. He was posted to N3 to fly Nieuport fighters in June 1917. He was officially noted as having at least 43 probable victories.
Two teenage girls appear to look on in admiration and interest at the Cadet nurse in this beautiful WW2 poster. The message here being of course that we're to think that they also dream of being nurses one day soon. #WW2 #nurse #vintage #forties #1940s #poster
Officer of the Compagnies franches de la Marine, circa 1750 - "This elegant officer with his snuffbox dates from about 1750. The cut of the garments evolved with fashion, which Canadian officers followed closely. This man is also a member of the Order of Saint-Louis, as the white cross and red ribbon of the order on his left breast shows. Reconstruction by Eugène Lelièpvre."