FLOTILLA AUSTRALIA

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AUSTRALIAN SHIPPING SCENES
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IMAGES POSTCARDS PHOTOS EPHEMERA

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VICTORIA

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PORT MELBOURNE GEELONG BAIRNSDALE PHILLIP ISLAND WARRNAMBOOL

Ships named where known.


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QUEENS WHARF
c 1858
Above postcard personal collection
QUEENS WHARF This post card was published around 1907 being reproduced from an earlier engraving. It shows the activity of the Queen's Wharf which had been built on the north bank of the River Yarra in 1836, near the foot of William Street and Queen Street. It was actually a combination of several private wharves that the government resumed to establish a customs quay and immigraton centre, and along with Cole's Wharf next door saw busy times during the gold rushes. Cole's Wharf was built in 1841 using sunken ship's hulls by George Cole and extended to near Spencer Street. It was also resumed later by the government. The paddle steamer "Gipsey" can be seen in the background, note the primitive bridge between the paddle boxes, the fore runner of the command centre of a modern ship. "Gipsey" would have been used for towing sailng ships in Port Phillip Bay and also for transporting their passengers and lightering their cargo. In the modern day, this area has now been restored, minus the wharves. The Customs house on the Northside is now the Melbourne Immigration Museum whilst on the southbank sits the Crown Casino complex


RAILWAY PIER SANDRIDGE
Situated at Port Melbourne in Hobson's Bay. Catered for the larger ships that otherwise couldn't traverse the Yarra River
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Pier head circa 1880 circa 1904 circa 1903

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circa 1912 circa 1914 Museum repro card

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circa 1910 circa 1915 circa 1907

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circa 1915 circa 1914 circa 1911

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circa 1914 circa 1914 circa 1914
Left image Orient line's O class vessel and the White Star liner CERAMIC


RAILWAY PIER
circa 1920's became known as
STATION PIER
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STATION PIER
circa mid 1950's
STATION PIER
circa early 1960's
Left Image shows Orion Outer East berth, Orsova entering Outer West, with Blue Funnel cargo ship possibly Jason inner west and Shaw Savill cargo ship inner east berth
Right Image depicts at inner east berth, Lloyd Triestino's Victoria or Neptuna or Australia. Inner west has Flotta Lauro's Roma or Sydney

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STATION PIER
circa late 1960's
STATION PIER
january 2006
1st card Orsova and Port Lawrence. Un-named destroyer Inner East berth
Right Image Spirit Of Tasmania and an un-named ocean liner in Outer West

PRINCES PIER
Port Melbourne adjacent to Station Pier, was constructed during the 1920's and known as the 'New Railway Pier'. During the 1930's renamed Princes Pier
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circa late 1940's circa late 1940's
Left unknown vessel outer west, OSTERLEY Inner West, and one of the B class P & O vessels at Inner East
Right Esperance Bay outer west, Osterley Inner West and possibly a Blue Funnel vessel at Inner East
This postcard courtesy of Great Southern Cards Australia
PRINCES PIER Port Melbourne mostly catered for cargo ships that had their own loading - unloading cranes. Wool was transported via railway carriages during the 50's and 60's. With the containerisation boom the pier became mostly unused and allowed to run down. Riddled with Teredo she was barricaded off from the general public in the early 90's and squatters were the cause of a fire that burnt down her store structures late 1990's. Still standing 2007

YARRA RIVER
Hub of shipping since discovery and settlement
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1 South Wharf circa 1890 circa 1913

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Loongana approaching Queens Wharf. Four varible postcards in issue

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LOONGANA centre YONGALA left and FAWKNER at the right


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GEELONG Yarra St Pier
circa 1890
GEELONG Harbour
circa
GEELONG Yarra St Pier Wool grain and timber cargoes from the western districts of Victoria
GEELONG Harbour Grain and wool were the main cargoes out of Geelong and is what these ships would be loading. In the middle distance are two bay steamers, the twin funnelled vessel is either the Courier or the Coogee and the white funnelled ship is the Edina

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WARRNAMBOOL
circa 1900
LAKES ENTRANCE
circa 1940's
BAIRNSDALE
circa 1910
All postcards postcard personal collection
WARRNAMBOOL Grain and wool and timber as well as livestock all bound for Melbourne from this far western seaport of Victoria
LAKES ENTRANCE Limited to vessel size owing to the treacherous sandbar that otherwise allowed steaming along massive lakes system on Victoria's south-east coastline
BAIRNSDALE Tambo River with J C B and possibly the Tanjil, both river steamers at berth



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