Reproduction print depicting the Sobraon on the sea

1. Oswald Franklin Pennington (b.1885, d.1953)
2. Brown, Son and Ferguson Ltd. (estab. 1850)
A reproduction of an artwork by Lieutenant O. F. Pennington depicting The Sobraon on the sea.

Also known as HMAS Tingira, it was originally launched in 1866 as the Sobraon. Purpose-built by renowned shipyard Alexander Hall of Aberdeen for the England to Australia migration route, she operated under the command of James Aberdour Elmslie RNR for all emigrant passages except for the maiden voyage. Named for the fierce 1846 battle between the British army and the Sikh forces led by Raja Lal Singh in the Punjab, India, the Sobraon was a sleek, three-masted ship, intended to be the fastest travelling its route and, with only first and second class passengers, to cater for a select clientele. She was teak-clad over an iron frame, a design which nearly caused a disaster on her 1866–67 maiden voyage when the large amount of metal interfered with her compass. For 24 years the Sobraon plied the waters at a rapid pace, completing the voyage in approximately three months.
(Sydney Living Museums,

Object detail

paper, ink, card
20.8 x 25.9 cm
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Gift of AMA Victoria, 2011
Object Type
Named Collection
Medical History Museum Category


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