Historical information

ThIs photograph shows the P.S Australien towing a barge down the middle of the river. The barge appears to be carrying timber. The wheel house appears to be covered with a cloth , tent like roof. There are three people on the upper deck.

Significance

This photograph shows the P.S Australien towing a barge of timber down the river. .Another heavily loaded paddle steamer can be seen in the background. This photograph could be in the early 20th Century. The P.S Australien was built in 1897 at Moama. The P.S Australien "together with Invincible in 1936 towed boilers, winches, flying foxes and derrick boat and bin barges for works at Locks 7 8 & 9 to Yarrawonga weir. (" Parsons R. "Ships of the Inland Waters," 3rd. Rev. Ed 1996, page 51.) After the Yarrawonga Weir was built the P.S Australien could not pass downstream passed the weir so remained upstream of Yarrawonga for the rest of her working days. In 1958 there were plans to fit her with a diesel engine to take tourists around Lake Yarrawonga. It is not sure if this happened.

Physical description

A black and white rectangular photograph of the P.S Australien towing a barge in the middle of the river. A paddle steamer towing a high load can be seen on the left hand bank of the river in the background.

Inscriptions & markings

On the back of the photograph written in lead pencil are the words 'Australien & barge.' ' On a red sticker on the back of the photograph are written the words "COPYRIGHT foto-fella H 34- 28 Don TURVEY Box 1403 MILDURA 234436-230211-245995"