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Digital Gallery Images

The Gallery includes images of the borough's streets and buildings and portraits of people and communities. The Digital Gallery images are displayed as thumbnails. Full size images can be viewed by clicking on a thumbnail.

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Photographic copies can be obtained from Tower Hamlets Local Studies and Archives (there is a charge for this service) or a maximum of 5 digital copies can be emailed to you. If you would like to use the images for publication or display please contact us at


Millwall Docks 1950s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Background: The Canadian seal catcher ‘Theron', 849 tons, ready to leave Millwall Docks on 14th November 1955 for her long voyage to the Antarctic, where she was to serve as a base ship for the Commonwealth Trans- Antarctic team. Four dockers on the quayside, left of the picture: Jo Wright, Charlie Attewell and two others. Foreground, empty crates of Karlsberg bottles; dockers: Jasser (Bill) Thompson, Billy Hadley, Davey Thompson, Bill Johnson and Patty Griffiths. by Joe Wright