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Prince Alfred, 1860

John J. Mayall

albumen paper carte de visite photograph on card (image: 8.6 cm x 5.6 cm, sheet: 9.9 cm x 6.3 cm)

Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh (1844–1900) was the second son and fourth child of Queen Victoria. He joined the navy in 1858 and in 1867 received command of HMS Galatea. Alfred was the first member of the royal family to visit Australia; arriving in Adelaide in October 1867 and proceeding to Melbourne, Tasmania, Sydney and Brisbane. While attending a picnic at Clontarf in March 1868, Alfred was shot by a man named Henry O’Farrell and seriously wounded. He recovered, and returned to England in June 1868. During his second visit in 1869, Alfred dedicated hospitals in Sydney and Melbourne commemorating his survival of the assassination attempt. He became an Admiral of the Fleet in 1893 and gained the title of Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in that year. He died in Germany in 1900.

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Purchased 2020

Accession number: 2020.7

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John J. Mayall (age 29 in 1860)

HRH Prince Alfred (age 16 in 1860)

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.