Australiana souvenir fouled anchor ‘trowel’, “M.V. DUNTROON”, mid-20th century
Souvenir trowel the end shaped as a fouled anchor, with enamelled plaque inscribed “M.V DUNTROON”
Back engraved “ANGUS & COOTE”
Mid 20th Century
M.V Duntroon was one of the last purpose-built passenger & general cargo ships for the Australian coastal trade. Duntroon was also known for its role as a troopship (1942-1949) and for the tragic incident on 20 November 1940 when she hit and sank the small auxiliary minesweeper HMAS Goorangai off Queenscliff with the loss of all 24 of Goorangai’s crew.
In November 1943, Duntroon collided with the US Navy destroyer USS Perkins (DD-377) off the north coast of New Guinea which resulted in the sinking of the Perkins with the loss of four lives. In 1945, the Duntroon carried former prisoners of war back to Australia. After being used for Pacific cruise services from Australia in the 1950s, Duntroon was sold and used on Pakistan-East African routes (as MV Lydia) until 1967 and was scrapped at Taiwan in 1973.
Angus & Coots were the large & popular Sydney department store, who had a vast range of goods custom-made for them with their mark. During & after WWII, they provided a lot of the various military awards, especially in enamel work. This cruise-ship souvenir would have been ordered from them and sold onboard.