CSS 'Shenandoah' in Melbourne
Join this Vicfix campaign to restore details about the CSS Shenandoah's visit to Melbourne
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About the CSS Shenandoah
The arrival of the Confederate warship Shenandoah in Melbourne in 1865 aroused keen public interest and divided passions. This public response was heightened after news leaked that local men had stowed away on the vessel to fight for the Confederate cause.
Newspaper articles of the period offer eyewitness accounts of the war vessel while she was docked at Hobson's Bay for repairs. There are also firsthand reports on the proceedings at Williamstown Police Court, where four men were prosecuted for joining the Shenandoah. A sense of the community divide between rebel sympathisers and those hostile to the Confederate cause is palpable in newspaper editorials and reports from this time.
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