This photograph was taken outside the Quarterdeck at HMNZS Philomel, the naval base. It shows the Ship’s Company at the time – close to 300 personnel, one fifth of them women from the Women’s Royal New Zealand Naval Service.
The Quarterdeck, the main building in the photograph, still exists today, however, the other buildings in the background have long gone.
This photograph is from the museum’s photographic collection which contains images dating as far back as the mid 19th century. We are also the custodians of the official Navy images. The collection also holds a number of personal photograph albums, which provide insight into life in the Navy over the years.
Donated by Dorothy Jeans, who is seated in the front row, 5th from the right.