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Orcades departure, Pyrmont
[100 Photographs, pl. 009]
Gelatin silver print
David Moore Estate
© Courtesy of the David Moore Estate
The departure of overseas liners was a ceremony accompanied by the parting of paper streamers held by the passengers and their relatives and friends on the wharf. The ship's siren sounded three times as it moved astern, breaking the bonds in a tangible and symbolic farewell. This colourful spectacle ceased with the introduction of air travel, but streamers are surprisingly still available.
Alan Davies, The State Library of NSW
This photograph was included in the David Moore 100 Photographs series that toured the State Library of NSW (titled David Moore 100 photographs) in late 2005. The exhibition then travelled to Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, in 2006, changing its title to David Moore A Vision, 1927-2003; and then to Bendigo Art Gallery (2006), Shepparton Art Gallery (2006), Albury Regional Art Gallery (2007), Gold Coast City Art Gallery (2007), Wollongong City Gallery (2007), Mildura Arts Centre (2008), and finally to LaTrobe Regional Gallery (2008). A Limited Edition of the series was also produced.