Historical information

The steamship, SS Australia, was built in Greenock, Scotland in 1892, for the P & O Steam Navigation Company. Australia was considered to be one of the most luxurious vessels afloat and she held the speed record from England to Australia at the time.

On 21st June 1904, due to pilot error, the Australia hit the notorious Corsair Rock, part of the Point Nepean Reef, on the eastern side of Port Philip heads, opening a gaping 5 meter hole along her keel. Passengers and some of the crew were rescued by craft sent from Queenscliff.


Relic from a significant wreck on Corsair Rock at Point Nepean

Physical description

Metal letter A mounted on timber board in front with salvage account on the back

Inscriptions & markings

Account of salvage of artefact