Second World War, 1939-1945
Pair of silver-plated salt and pepper shakers, MV Manunda : Sister S Muir, 2/13 AGH, AANS
Pair of silver-plated salt and pepper shakers from the Hospital Ship Manunda. On each is mounted the line crest which consists of an anchor and flag with a blue cross on a white background and a red eight-pointed star. On a scroll is, M.V. MANUNDA'. There is scrollwork around the shoulder of each shaker and on the base of each is stamped what appear to be maker's marks and 'ARMADA' and 'A1'.
These salt and pepper shakers were collected by QFX22816 Sister Sylvia Muir during her voyage home to Australia on board the Hospital Ship Manunda in 1945. Sylvia Jessie Mimmie Muir was born at Longreach, Queensland on 24 August 1915 and enlisted in the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) on 29 May 1941. Soon after Sister Muir sailed for Singapore with the 2/13 Australian General Hospital aboard the Hopital Ship Wanganella. With 64 other AANS nurses, Sister Muir was evacuated from Singapore on 12 February 1942 aboard The Vyner Brooke. She survived the sinking of The Vyner Brooke and became a Prisoner of War of the Japanese in Sumatra for the remainder of the war. After liberation, Sister Muir returned to Australia aboard the Hospital Ship Manunda, arriving home in October 1945. Sister Muir received her discharge from the AANS in May 1946.