Vice Admiral Sir William Rooke Creswell

Place Asia: China
Accession Number ART40919
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 106.6 x 84 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas
Maker Hill, Irene
Hill, Irene
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1982
Conflict China, 1900-1901 (Boxer Uprising)

Item copyright: Unlicensed copyright


Portrait of Vice Admiral Sir William Rooke Creswell, KCMG, KBE, RAN, First Naval Member of the Australian Naval Board, commanded HMCS Protector as a member of the Fleet during the Boxer Rebellion, and first advocated an Australian naval force, then administered it when it became a reality (wearing daily uniform).This portrait of Sir William Rooke Creswell (1852 - 1933) was painted using photographs of the man and not from life. The artist, Irene Hill, produced two portraits of the man, not identical, one for the AWM and one for the naval base HMAS Creswell at Jervis Bay, NSW. He is commonly considered to be the 'father' of the Royal Australian Navy.