Model of the PS Hygeia, 986 tons, 300 ft long, paddlesteamer built in 1890 by Napier, Shanks & Bell, of Glasgow for Huddart Parker & Co. She was built to compete directly with the popular PS Ozone, and was generally regarded as one of the fastest and finest appointed paddlesteamers ever built for Australian service, with a top speed in excess of 22 knots. Licensed to carry 1,600 passengers, Hygeia operated regular excursion trips each summer between Melbourne, Queenscliff and Sorrento for 40 years and was often chartered for company picnics and special events. She was broken up in 1931.

This model was donated to the Museum in 1891 by Huddart Parker & Co.

More Information

  • Collecting Areas

    Transport, Engineering

  • Acquisition Information

    Donation from Huddart Parker Co Pty Ltd, 1891

  • User of Item Modelled

    Huddart Parker Co Pty Ltd, Australia, 1891-1931

  • Classification

    Water transport, Steam power, Model paddlesteamers - passenger

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • Overall Model Dimensions

    2095 mm (Length), 460 mm (Width), 600 mm (Height)
    Overall model dimensions, checked 27 June 2007. Height includes stands with 30 mm thick clear prespex feet and metal pins extending up into two holes in the centreline of the keel.

  • Overall Crate Dimensions

    2560 mm (Length), 660 mm (Width), 1555 mm (Height)
    External dimensions of travelling & storage crate.

  • Dimensions

    1970 mm (Length), 420 mm (Width), 532 mm (Height)
    Measurement From Conservation. Crate dimensions: L: 2560 mm, H: 1530 mm, D: 660 mm

  • Model Scale

    1:48 APPROX

  • Keywords

    Model Boats, Paddle Steamers