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.

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