Historical information

P.S.Adelaide was built in 1866 in Echuca Victoria,has 2 x 16 h.p. steam engines, and is the fastest paddle steamer on the Murray River. She is also the oldest wooden hulled paddle steamer still operating in the world. She has led a colourful life, being owned by Murray Downes homestead, sold onto the Murray River sawmills, used as a static display in Hopwood Garden, fully restored by our shipwright Kevin Hutchinson and returned to the Murray River with the Shire of Campaspe now being her owner. Prince Charles and Lady Diana came out from England to re-launch her.


Being the oldest wooden hulled paddle steamer in the world it was important that she be restored and returned to the water. As is commonly know if a red gum boat is left on the river bank it will eventually deteriorate, so returning her to the River was essential.

Physical description

Coloured photograph showing the paddle steamer Adelaide in the centre of the frame. She is seen at the dry dock area of the river. On board are passengers taking a cruise for her first day after being restored as a working paddle steamer. The river is at a good level in this photograph.

Inscriptions & markings

Trials day 10 Sept 1985
H Coulson