Letter; Neptune Rex; 10 April 1916; 000/196l


Moruya and District Historical Society Museum



About this object

The invitation was given to Fred Hutchings as part of a "Crossing the Equator" ceremony while he was travelling on the troopship 'Pera" on his way to war in Eqypt and Palestine.

In the Court of the Passage of the Seas
to be Holden at the Equator.

To – Spr H.F. Hutchings
A person on board His Majesty’s Transport
“Pera” now upon the High Seas.
Neptune by all the Grace and time Honoured
customs of the Seas – Sovereign Lord King –
Forasmuch as the Commander of the aforesaid ship
“Pera” upon request being made, has been unable
to certify that you have paid due toll to His most
Gracious Majesty.
You are hereby commanded to appear on the
deck for’d of the Saloon of the aforesaid Transport
“Pera” on Monday the tenth day of April, in the year
of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and
sixteen at the hour of two o’clock in the afternoon and
there to make true answer to all questions put to
you and to be well and truly tried and
according to the finding of the Court to
receive Royal exemption or suffer the sentence according
to the Ancient Rites and Customs of our

Neptune Rex

(Royal Seal)


Neptune Rex

Maker Role


Date Made

10 April 1916

Medium and Materials

paper; ink

Subject and Association Keywords

war memorabilia

Subject and Association Keywords

World War 1

Subject and Association Keywords

Hutchings family

Subject and Association Keywords

Fred Hutchings Collection


Fred Hutchings Collection

Credit Line

Donated by the Hutchings family

Object Type

World War 1 memorabilia

Object number


Copyright Licence  

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Neptune Rex
World War 1

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