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Port of Echuca Echuca, Victoria

The Historic Port of Echuca precinct is an authentic working steam port, home to Australia's largest fleet of steam-driven paddlesteamers. Although its major commodity has changed from wool to people, Port of Echuca still operates much the same as it did in the 1860's, with our shipwrights and steam engineers providing a vital role in the Port's operations today, just as they would have in the late 1800's

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74 Murray Esplanade Echuca Victoria 3564 (map)
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+61 03 54812852

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Opening Hours

9am - 5pm

Entry Fee

Adult $12.45, Senior/Student $10.85, Child $8.50, Family $37.70

Location

74 Murray Esplanade Echuca Victoria

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The Collection is under the custodianship of the Campaspe Shire and the themes have been developed to preserve, educate and inform the community and visitors about the history and development of the Port of Echuca during the time is was busiest between 1850-1920. The focus of the collection is the Heritage Listed Echuca Wharf built in 1864 and the three paddlesteamers P.S Pevensey, P.S Alexander Arbuthnot and P.S Adelaide dating from 1866. The collection also includes steam traction engines, stationary boilers, a replica sawmill, rai lcarriages, large farm machinery and other objects including winches, drawings, maps and river charts.

Significance

The Port of Echuca is a highly significant historical collection. The collection of buildings, wharf, boats, railway and steam display have a strong association with the development of Echuca, the booming river & rail trade. The paddlesteamers, barges, wharf and railway have strong historic links with the history of the wool and red gum timber industries and the connection of this inland region to the commercial markets of Melbourne, Sydney and beyond.

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Black and white photograph.

Port of Echuca , Echuca

A black and white photograph of Euston lock.

Historical information

This photograph shows the extent of the Euston lock in the early 20th Century. There is a paddle steamer in the background which appears to be going around the lock. This photograph might have been taken during construction of the lock?

Significance

This photograph possibly shows the Euston lock being constructed. There is a paddle steamer in the background passing around the lock.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on the back in lead pencil "Price. Euston Lock."

Black and white photograph

Port of Echuca , Echuca

Black and white photograph, of a mounted photograph showing a paddle wheeler moored perpendicularly to shore with ten people on the lower deck and two women and a man outside the wheelhouse. The original appears to be badly stained around the mount and has some scratches on the photograph.

Historical information

The original photograph appears to have been taken in the 1890 by the look of the people's attire. The people on the deck look like workers and the women outside the wheelhouse possibly passengers.

Significance

A study of the people on deck show possibly boat hands and a cook towards the stern. The women on the wheelhouse have hats and the man standing between them has a tie, waistcoat and hat.

Black and white photograph

Port of Echuca , Echuca

Black and white photograph of the Bridge Hotel, Echuca, taken from the High st corner of Hopwood gardens. Under the verandah is in shade so it is difficult to see the condition of the brickwork.

Historical information

Relates to a series of 5 photos:P000094-P000098 of the front of the Bridge Hotel on the corner of Murray esplanade and Hopwood gardens. These photos taken in 1976, were before the Port Restoration Scheme renovated the hotel.

Significance

The Bridge Hotel, Echuca is of historical and social significance in that it was originally built by Henry Hopwood, the founder of Echuca. Hopwood built the hotel to provide accommodation to people using his punts across the Campaspe and Murray rivers. The hotel was situated between the 2 punts. The hotel provided for a variety of levels of accommodation from grand rooms to very basic rooms. At the time of the photos the hotel was 120 years old and became an important part of the Port of Echuca tourism.

Inscriptions & Markings

On a large sign erected in front of the hotel " Port Restoration Scheme. This 120 year old hotel is being renovated as part of the Scheme. Design by City of Echuca and Perrott Lyon Timlock and Kesa. On a small sign on the verandah:"Unauthorised entry not permitted". On back of photo in pen :"4"

Photograph - Re floating Ada

Port of Echuca , Echuca

Black & white photograph of the Murray River, red gums lining the banks, with the barge "Ada" in the centre of the picture on the far bank. This was taken during a high river in October 1979. If you look closely you can see the men preparing her to be re-floated.

Historical information

The barge Ada was used by paddle steamers to bring cargo into the port of Echuca. She is seen here on the banks of the River being prepared for re floating. Obviously a good time as the river is at a very high level.

Significance

The barge Ada was towed behind the paddle steamer Adelaide mainly to bring timber into the Port of Echuca. In this picture she is on the river bank being pre pared for putting back in the river.

Inscriptions & Markings

Re-floating ADA,Oct.79 H. Coulson Collection

Photograph

Port of Echuca , Echuca

Barge Kulnine fully loaded with wool moored at the Echuca Wharf in 1923. Barge master at front of load, workers on wharf beside cargo shed. Murry River level high,as can be seen by the amount of wharf visible below main decking where men are standing.

Historical information

Very high river level, showing barge almost at top landing level of wharf. Barge Rolrine or Kolrine?( unsure of name-cannot make out all the letters) fully laden with wool bales, tied to Echuca Wharf.

Significance

The wharf was designed and built to cater for all river conditions, drought and floods and all levels in between. The barge is still able to tie up to the wharf and be unloaded even at this high river level. Wool was the main produce bought back into the Port from the out lying properties for sale at markets in Melbourne and at other ports in the world.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back - 1923 Barge file copy Neg P911.2 P913.2

Colour photograph

Port of Echuca , Echuca

Colour photograph featuring power poles and power lines on the Murray esplanade, Port of Echuca. Picket fence and locomotive stand behind the pole. View from across the road looking east.

Historical information

Undergrounding of the power lines took place in September 1982. Relates to "before" shots P000159, P000161, P000163 and "after" shots P000160, P000162, P000164. Interview with Helen Coulson, 27.09.1984

Significance

The power lines were put under ground for the filming of "All the Rivers Run" which began in October 1982. The Port area was returned to look like it would have been in the 1870s. The roads were covered in gravel, signage was removed in an endeavour to create the appropriate era.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the reverse:This paper manufactured by Kodak

Black and white photograph

Port of Echuca , Echuca

A black and white glossy photograph of a horse and buggy outside the Bridge Hotel. The photograph is taken through the log buggy which was parked across the road from the Bridge Hotel. The buggy is a Cobb & Co. Royal Mail buggy. The Bridge Hotel is in a state of disrepair. P000073.1 and P000073.2 are identical. P000073.3 is the same shot, but the hotel and the horse and buggy are further away than in the other two shots.

Historical information

This photograph was taken in 1980 and shows the Cobb &Co Royal Mail buggy outside the Bridge Hotel. The camera is positioned under the log buggy, which was parked across the road from the Bridge Hotel. The giant log and it's buggy frame the photograph. They were commissioned by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of Victoria and were taken by the photographer Michael Cheshire.

Significance

This photograph is important because it comes from an era when tourism was a relatively new industry. The Bridge Hotel appears to be occupied, but it was before any renovations occurred.

Inscriptions & Markings

This photograph has a Port of Echuca stamp in purple on the back of the photograph. It also has stamped on the back in black....." This photograph is with the compliments of the....Ministry of Tourism Government of Victoria. Please acknowledge photo: Michael Cheshire." Written in black pen are the words 'Echuca Cobb & Co. Coach.' In the photograph, on the coach are written the words; Cobb & Co. Royal Mail. ER.

Ticket

Port of Echuca , Echuca

Unseparated strip of 5 NEW SOUTH WALES Motor Spirit Ration Ticket, printed in orange on buff card paper, for one gallon of spirit. Entitled Motor Spirit Ration Ticket Series B.m

Historical information

During World War II petrol was rationed and people were issued with ration cards to obtain petrol and other necessary items. The ration cards were non transferable and these fuel cards had to have endorsement by a registered vehicle owner.

Significance

During World War II petrol was rationed and people were issued with ration cards to obtain petrol and other necessary items.

Inscriptions & Markings

New South Wales /Motor Spirit Ration Ticket /Series B /Valid in all states /1/one gallon/ Not transferable/ This ticket must be endorsed in ink by consumer with name, licence number and vehicle registration number. Also on 000121.1 running up the right hand side of the ticket "...net of the Commonwealth of Australia"

3 black and white photographs.

Port of Echuca , Echuca

3 black and white photographs of tourists under the wharf with Helen Coulson, dressed in period costume, as a tour guide. The structure of the wharf can be clearly seen. Also a sign with towns showing their distance from Echuca, in miles, can clearly be seen. The three photographs are identical.

Historical information

This photograph shows the wharf in the 1980's. It is the early days of tourism, and shows Helen Coulson, dressed in period costume guiding the tourists. The sign shows distances from Echuca to significant sites on the Murray River in miles, as that was the way distance was calculated in the 1870's. The sign is no longer there.

Significance

This photograph shows Helen Coulson as a tour guide. Helen was the first Manager of the Port of Echuca from the mid 1970's. The tourism industry was still in it's infancy and Helen was a strong supporter of the Port. The photograph also shows the structure of the wharf as the photograph is taken on the lower level.

Inscriptions & Markings

There are no inscriptions or markings.

Black and white photograph

Port of Echuca , Echuca

Black and white photograph of Echuca in flood (possibly 1906) taken at Town Hall corner, High and Heygarth street, facing north-east. There is a man in a rowboat at the street corner sign. On the steps of the Town Hall is a group of suited men. There is a picket fence around the building.

Historical information

Photograph is a copy of an original from Greenwood photo. The former Town Hall and Law Courts were built in 1868. The building was designed by renown Bendigo architects, William Charles Vahland and Robert Getzschmann. The building was completed in 1871. It was used as the Town Hall and the front section as the Police Court House until 1924. The first High school classes were held here from 1912-1914. It began its life as the Municipal Library in 1954 until 2013. The flooding of the Murray and Campaspe rivers have historically affected the township of Echuca over many decades. The floods of 1906 & 1916 had a significant impact on the town of Echuca and it was not uncommon to see people using rowboats to get around the streets.

Significance

Former Town Hall and Court House has historical, cultural and artistic significance to Echuca and Victoria. In 1991 the building was part of a conservation study which described it as "an imposing early public building in the Italian Renaissance manner ...having polychrome brickwork with trabeated facade"."the former Town Hall and court house is significant at State level as an early Italian Renaissance architectural practice of Vahland and Gletschmann. In 2013 it had a facelift and became Council offices again, although the brickwork is no longer exposed. Echuca has been affected by a number of significant floods that have covered much of the town, 1906 & 1916 being 2 of the major floods.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front, bottom right hand side: "Town Hall in flood, Echuca." On reverse: in pencil :"Town Hall. Either 1906 or 1916 flood. Greenwood photo, probably 1906"

Coloured photograph.

Port of Echuca , Echuca

This is a coloured photograph of P.S Betsy moored to the bank upstream of Echuca Wharf ( Victorian side). The P.S Pevensey can be seen in the background underway in front of the wharf. A man and a woman can be seen standing on top of the paddle steamer. The top of the boat is decorated with flags.

Historical information

The P.S Betsy was built in the back yard of Bob and Betty Colville in Shepparton in 1966.. The Colville Family owned the Betsy from 1966 - 1993. It had a fibreglass sheathed steel hull and was powered by a 19 hp David Brown tractor engine. Barry Sheahan from Picola was the next owner. . He moored the P.S Betsy at the Barmah Lakes. Ref. ( Parsons, R; "Ships of the Inland Rivers." P. 54.)

Significance

The P.S Betsy is significant because it was built in a backyard setting, possibly by people who had never built a paddle steamer before. They also chose to fit the boat with a tractor engine .

Inscriptions & Markings

On back of photo are written the words Print made by Kodak Oct 78 M . On the boat the words Betsy can be seen.

Colour Photograph

Port of Echuca , Echuca

A colour photo of P. S. James Maiden, Barge D26 and Barge Ada tied together upstream from Echuca Wharf. Barge B22 is submerged in front of them and some houseboats are visible in the distance.

Historical information

The P. S. James Maiden was built by Peter McLeod at Echuca in 1987, being 52 X 12 feet. It is a pleasure craft powered by a refitted Marshall engine. (Parsons. Ships of the Inland Rivers, 2005 ed. p.85) The D26 built in 1926 by Murry Saw Mills, being 81.6 X 17x5.4 feet, used to carry timber. In 1990 it had just been relaunched after restoration. The barge Ada, was built in Echuca in 1899. It was 33 metres in length and 6.9 metres wide and was made from timber and iron. It carried wool and then timber before being purchased by the Port of Echuca.

Significance

The barge Ada is very significant due to the uniqueness of her design. The hull is timber, up to the water line, then iron from the water line up to protect the bales of wool inside, from water damage. The P.S Pevensey has the same design feature. The Ada has been on static display since 1974 at the Port of Echuca.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the back in pencil :" James Maiden, D26, Ada"

Colour Photograph

Port of Echuca , Echuca

Colour photograph of P. S. Adelaide on the Murray river at Echuca after her re-floating. The port side of the Adelaide is clearly visible. The banks of the river are lined with spectators. The pontoon boat shed at Paddlewheel Park is visible on the right, also has spectators on the roof platform.

Historical information

Colour photograph of the P. S. Adelaide in the river, with the port side of the boat clearly visible. The bank behind and the roof of the boat shed at Paddlewheel park are lined with spectators. Final part of the photo sequence of the event no.:P000041; P000045; P000046; P000047; P000048 of the P. S. Adelaide re-floating.

Significance

The re-floating of the P. S. Adelaide was a Significant community social event evident by the number of spectators in the photograph. The community had invested a great deal of time and money into re-floating the paddlesteamer. The newspaper covered the event in detail with a number of action shots as the boat made its rear entry from the temporary slipway onto the river. Part of a photo sequence no.P000041; P000045; P000046; P000047; P000048 of P. S. Adelaide re-floating.

Black and white photograph

Port of Echuca , Echuca

One of two black and white photographs of the P.S Clyde and the barge Excel moored to a wharf, possibly at Swan Hill. People are on the wharf and both vessels. There is a crane fitted on the Clyde loading, bags of wheat. A woman is standing in front of the wheel house. There is a man inside the wheel house. Steering mechanism appears to be attached at the back of the barge, and there also appears to be a flag flying on the back of the barge. Three men are on the barge supervising the loading process.

Historical information

The P.S Clyde was built in 1884 by W.Wilson, in Echuca and was owned by the Evans Bros. It sunk in the Murrumbidgee river in 1920 and was raised and converted into a barge in 1922. The barge Excel was built as the Barge Adam in 1897. It was owned by the Permewan Wright Co. and renamed barge 'Excel' in 1909. (Ref ; Parsons, Ronald, "Ships of the Inland Rivers" This photograph must have been taken before 1920 when the P?S Clyde was still a paddle steamer.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on the back of the smallest photograph are the words "2nd copy in Clyde file." On the barge in the photograph is the word 'EXCEL' 'and the word 'Clyde' can be seen on the bow of the paddle steamer .

Black and white photograph

Port of Echuca , Echuca

Black and white photograph, of a framed photograph featuring the P. S. Australien and the barge Vega, moored at a river bank. P. S. Australien has a crane structure on the deck. There are three people visible on the Australien and one man on the barge. The barge is loaded with timber planks and what looks to be a steam boiler. There is a small row boat in the front left corner.

Historical information

P. S. Australien was built"1897 Richard Wilson, of Moama, at Echuca." Owners:" William Wilson, Echuca, reg Sydney -dies 1904". "In 1899 it was a regular trader at Mildura "(Parsons, R. Ships of the Inland Rivers. 3rd.ed. 2005, p.51). The barge Vega was built "1911 F. O. Wall in, Moama." Owners: Franz O. Wall in. In 1958 reported abandoned and waterlogged at Merbein, however salvaged and restored c.1978 and now on display at the Swan Hill Museum"( Parsons, R. Ships of the Inland Rivers. 3rd.ed. 2005, p.139)

Significance

P. S. Australien and the barge Vega appear to have worked the rivers during the heyday of the river trade.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the bow of the paddle steamer :"Australien" and on the barge:"Vega"

Black & white photograph

Port of Echuca , Echuca

Black & white photograph and negative of the P. S. Edwards floating on the river, with 2 people standing on the stern & 2 people on the bow. Ongoing repairs apparent on and under the deck.

Historical information

The P. S. Edwards was built in May 1875 by J. M. Webb, Echuca. Official number 73287, made of wood, with paddle wheels at the side. 78 gross tons, 27 nett tons. It was altered in 1916 , after cabin removed 48 gross ton. It had 7 different owners before being purchased by R. J. Evans, of Evans Bros. Saw Mill, Echuca, in 1919. The P. S. Edwards was sunk at Echuca in the spring of 1958 and then raised in January 1981 and then was being restored by Geoff Evans in 1985 (Parsons, Ronald. Ships of the Island Rivers. 3rd ed. 1996. p.67) One of a series: P000234.2 to P000252.2 inclusive & N000269.

Significance

The P. S. Edwards has historical and social significance being a paddle boat built in Echuca. The P. S. Edwards was built in May 1875 by J. M. Webb, Echuca. It had 7 different owners before being purchased by R. J. Evans, of Evans Bros. Saw Mill, Echuca, in 1919. The P. S. Edwards was sunk at Echuca in the spring of 1958 "and as the mill was burnt in 1959 salvage was not attempted. She was raised in January 1981 and in 1985 was restored by Geoff Evans. While owned by Evans Bros, was used to bring red gum from the Barmah Forest to the sawmill in the barge Clyde." (Parsons, Ronald. Ships of the Island Rivers. 3rd ed. 1996. p.67)

Inscriptions & Markings

In black pen on reverse of photograph: Edwards In red ink: It's Kodak color. Apr.81. Kodak

Black and white photograph.

Port of Echuca , Echuca

A black and white rectangular photograph of a paddle steamer towing a barge in a high river. The barge is attached to the paddle steamer using a high rope attached to the roof at the back of the paddle steamer. There are long poles attached to the front of the unidentified paddle steamer.

Historical information

This photograph is significant because it shows a paddle steamer towing a barge using a high rope. This could be because the river is also high. The paddle steamer is obviously a working paddle steamer which is obvious with all the attachments at the front of the boat. However the barge does appear to be empty.

Significance

This photograph is significant because it shows a paddle steamer towing a barge using a high towing rope. There are also other attachments at the top and at the front of the paddle steamer which is evidence of the technology used to enable the paddle steamer to carry out the jobs required of it.

A coloured rectangular photograph.

Port of Echuca , Echuca

A coloured rectangular photograph of the City of Echuca offices, taken in 1979 from Hare Street.

Historical information

This photograph was taken from Hare Street and shows the City of Echuca council offices, before the Shire of Campaspe came about. As the Shire got bigger these offices were extended, and in 2010 the new Echuca Libray was built on the west side of this building.

Significance

This photograph is significant because it shows the City of Echuca building at the end of the 1970's.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped in red on the back 'Print made by Kodak M Nov. 79. It's Kodak for Color.' In blue pen in the top left hand corner is an uppercase R.

Coloured post card.

Port of Echuca , Echuca

A coloured postcard of Hare Street Echuca, looking north between 1910 & 1920.

Historical information

This postcard shows the street scape of north Hare Street, looking towards the wharf and the river.

Significance

This postcard is significant as the extent of the Echuca Wharf and the station on the wharf can be seen. The water towers on the corner of Hare Street and Heygarth Street can also be seen. These provided water to the town and the wharf. Hare Street is lined with trees and a horse drawn buggy can be seen on the western kerb. The Palace Hotel with it's verandah intact can be seen on the western corner of Hare and Heygarth Streets. The large building on the corner of Hare Street and Percy Street can also be seen.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on the front are the words Hare Street, Echuca, Looking North. Printed on the back of the card are the words POSTCARD. This space may be used for communication. For address only. Printed in Germany. Fosdyke & Co. Echuca.

Colour photo and negative.

Port of Echuca , Echuca

A coloured rectangular photograph of the P.S Adelaide being relaunched from Hopwood Gardens into the Murray River. The P.SAdelaide is being towed along earth ramp with logs beneath her and spectators line the banks on each side of the paddle steamer.

Historical information

This photograph shows the relaunching of the P.S Adelaide in 1984. The P.S Adelaide had sat in Hopwood Gardens since 1961 when the City of Echuca had bought the boat and returned it to Echuca. The relaunch involved digging a slipway down into the river, which this photograph shows. The paddle steamer was finally returned to the river on the 4th March 1984.

Significance

This photograph is significant because it shows the P.SAdelaide being returned to the river after sitting in the Hopwood Gardens as a stationary exhibit . The P.S Adelaide is only one of two of the oldest known wooden hulled paddle steamers still operating in the world. The P.S Adelaide was the first paddle steamer bought by the City of Echuca. The P.S Adelaide celebrated her 150th birthday in 2016. This photograph relates to a series of images; P000060.3, P000061.3, P000062.2, P000063.3, P000070.2, P000071.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on the back in pen on P000059.3 are the words 'Belongs in Archives. Refloating Adelaide. On the boat in the photograph the name Adelaide can be seen.

Black and white photograph of Shackell's Bonded Stores. - Shackell's Bonded Stores, Murray Esplanade, Echuca, late 1870's.

Port of Echuca , Echuca

A black and white copy of a photo of Shackell's Bonded Stores in Murray Esplanade. Also written on the front of the building 'Wm McCulloch $Co. Proprietors. Steamer Contracting & Agents Carriers. Custom House Agents. Forwarding Agents.' The Jewish star at the top of the building is partly visible. Murray Esplanade is dirty and muddy with stones strewn around.

Historical information

Shackell's Bonded Stores in Murray Esplanade was a very early building in Echuca. Mr Shackell was shipping agent. He built the building with a Jewish Star right at the top to show his interest in his religion. He was also an early town councillor and may have even served a term as Mayor. His leasee was William McCulloch who was also a shipping agent, amongst other things. Written on the front of the building are the words "Shackell's Bonded Stores / Wm. McCulloch & Co. Proprietors / Forwarding Agents / Steamer Agents /. & Contracting Carriers & / Customs House Agents." Written on the window "Office of the Murray, Murrumbidgee and Darling Steamers."

Significance

This photograph shows the importance of shipping agents in the early life of Echuca. It also shows the state of the roads in the 1870's. This building is still in use in the 21st Century with some of the wording still intact on the building. Wm McCulloch and Co went on to become a major international trading company. James Shackell made many contributions to early life in Echuca and there is a street named after him.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written in lead pencil on the back is "Esplanade end. Could have been late 1870's or early 1880's when McCulloch's took it over. May have been taken when "Courtyard" added. Note Star & Shackell wording in same place as now, near Star."

Rectangular coloured photograph and negative.

Port of Echuca , Echuca

A coloured photograph of the P.S Pevensey travelling on the Murray River. There is a group of people in the wheelhouse, possibly members of the Cossen Family. Cr. Bob Snow is sitting on a chair in the sun on the lower front deck. The name Philadelphia can be seen written across the front of the wheelhouse.

Historical information

This photograph was taken in February 1984 on the occasion of Cossen's visit to Echuca. P.S Pevensey with the name Philadelphia written across the wheelhouse. This is significant because the P.S Pevensey played the role of the P. S Philadelphia in the movie "All The Rivers Run" which was filmed in Echuca in late 1982 and a sequel was filmed in Echuca early in 1989.

Significance

This photograph is significant because it shows the P.S. Pevensey showing the name P.S Philadelphia. The P.S Pevensey was used as the P.S Philadelphia in the TV Series "All The Rivers Run" based on the novel written by Nancy Cato. The TV series was filmed in Echuca in 1982. The TV series was a huge success and still draws tourists to the Port of Echuca. The fact that the P.S Pevensey was showing the Philadelphia name in 1984 is a bit of a mystery, but it has been known that she was dressed up again as the P.S Philadelphia sometimes for special occasions. The Cossen's visit to Echuca might have been such an occasion. The man on the chair on the deck is Councillor Bob Snow, who could also have been the Mayor at the time. This also shows the significance of the Cossen Family's visit to the Port of Echuca.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written across the wheelhouse is the name Philadelphia.

Photograph - Alexander Arbuthnot on slip

Port of Echuca , Echuca

Coloured photograph of the paddle steamer Alexander Arbuthnot on the slip at Moama, securely tied with chains on all sides. The workers are taking a well earned lunch break from the work that is to be done. At the rear of the photograph can be seen house boats, with river red gums sitting on the banks of the Murray River. The river level is about normal for this time of the year.

Historical information

The P.S. Alexander Arbuthnot was the last of the paddle steamers built for the river trade in 1923. Seen here up on the slip in Moama, as all commercial paddle steamers had to undergo routine checks every two years. Owned by the Arbuthnot Sawmills,later Evans Bros and then Barmah Charcoal Ltd. She sank at Yeilima, re-floated in 1973, placed on a low loader and taken to Shepparton for preservation. Echuca city council bought her for the Port of Echuca in April 1989. She was bought to Echuca in December 1991 to complete her restoration by shipwright Kevin Hutchinson. She is now used as a passenger vessel for our tourists.

Significance

Being the last paddle steamer built for the river trade in 1923, the Alexander Arbuthnot is a reminder of the past life on the river.Licensed to now carry 47 passengers, she was used by the saw mills to bring timber in from the forests to the sawmills.

Inscriptions & Markings

Helen coulson A.A. on slip, 1995 H oulson Robert Symons Chemist Echuca 82 555 5-4-95

Colour photograph

Port of Echuca , Echuca

Colour photograph (post card size) of Echuca Post Office looking north. The post office was built circa 1877, a two storey building with a clock tower over the entrance door. In front of the building is a small cream brick kiosk and bus shelter.

Historical information

The old Echuca Post Office was built circa 1877, a two-storey stucco building with a clock tower over the entrance, on the north east corner of Hare and Anstruther streets. In the front of the building is a small cream brick kiosk used as a bus stop and as a stall for charity group's to sell produce. On the far northern corner the spire of St.Mary's church can be seen above the roof of the Post Office.

Significance

The old Echuca Post office is at the northern end of the shopping precinct in Hare street Echuca. The building is a beautiful grand building of the late 1870's which was built as a post office on the ground floor and a residence above. The small kiosk building in front of the post office was used by volunteer organisations to raise money selling cakes etc. at various times of the year.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on the reverse "this paper manufactured by Kodak"

Photograph - Gil Tucker

Port of Echuca , Echuca

Coloured photograph of Gil Tucker as skipper of the Adelaide in the sequel to All the Rivers Run.He is seen here at the wheel of the boat with the throttle (the red lever on the small black wheel) in the foreground.

Historical information

The paddle steamer Adelaide was used in the mini series All the Rivers Run Sequel as a floating emporium. The Adelaide is the oldest wooden hulled paddle steamer still operating in the world. The mini series was filmed to show how the river trade operated in the late 1800's.

Significance

Crawford Productions produced a mini series in Echuca in 1982-1983 called All the Rivers Run. Old historic boats were used- P.S.Pevensey & P.S.Adelaide. In this photograph the Adelaide is used

Inscriptions & Markings

Please return to port of Echuca Gil Tucker as skipper of Adelaide in ARRun Seuel H Coulson Collection

Black and white photograph

Port of Echuca , Echuca

This is a photograph of the P.S Australien, and a barge loaded with wool.

Historical information

The P.S Australien was built in 1897 by Richard Wilson, of Moama, at Echuca. In 1937 it was used to tow boilers, winches, derricks etc. for construction of Locks 6,7,9 and Yarrawonga Weir. Presently awaiting restoration at Echuca. ( Ref Parsons, Ronald. "Ships of the Inland Rivers." ) p.51

Significance

The P.S Australien is significant because it is one of the oldest Paddle steamers built at Echuca. It was a working vessel during the construction of the Yarrawonga weir in the 1930's which was the beginning of the irrigation system which enabled the Agriculture Industry to become such a prominent industry in the Murray-Darling River Basin. The barge is viewed from the rear, and the rudder can be seen. This photograph also shows the extent of the load of wool which barges could carry. The two vessels appear to be moored at a small pier. They are also tied together , presumably to prevent the current moving the load of wool. A small group of people can be seen on the lower deck of the paddle steamer.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the paddle steamer are the words Australien.

Black and white photograph

Port of Echuca , Echuca

A black and white rectangular photograph of a building in a park with a Street lamp in front of the building. The building has large windows and the foliage of the trees behind can be seen through the building. In the front is a large path. Seating can be seen on both sides of the building and a white picket fence can be seen in the background.

Historical information

This is a picture of an unknown park. It is thought to be part of the Dowell Family Collection.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on the back in blue felt tip pen are the words Rose 3072. In pencil there is written a question mark.

Coloured Photograph

Port of Echuca , Echuca

This is a coloured square photograph of two men sitting on a pile of timber, eating food from two eskies. On the right of the photograph there is a large green and white truck parked on the road. The Echuca Law Courts building can be seen in the background. There is a white police van parked in the background near the Echcua Historical Society building.

Historical information

The P.S Adelaide was launched on 21st July 1866. It was owned by J.G.Grassie from Poon Boon Station and the Officer Family of Murray Downs Station Swan Hill. The Adelaide was named after the niece of the Officer Bros, Adelaide Blackwood. The shipwright who built her was George Linklater. The Adelaide brought wool and passengers from the wool stations on the Murray and Darling Rivers down to the Echuca Wharf. In 1872 she was sold to David Blair & Sons. She was used to bring timber from the Barmah Forest to the Echuca Wharf. She did this work for the next 80 years. In 1953 she was tied up near the Mill and left. In 1958 she went to Paringa South Australia to work in the sawmill industry again. In 1960 the Echuca Apex Club and The Echuca Historical Society raised enough funds to buy the P.S. Adelaide and return her to Echuca. In November 1963 she was lifted out of the water and placed in Hopwood Gardens as this was thought to be a way of preserving her. In 1984 it was decided to return her to the water to resume work as a passenger vessel. In that time the Port of Echuca and the Echuca Wharf had been restored as a Tourist Precinct. This photograph shows the beginning of the task to return her to the river. It took several weeks in March 1984.

Significance

The P.S Adelaide is extremely significant as it it the oldest known wooden hulled paddle steamers in the world. She was built in Echuca in 1866 and still operates on the Murray River today. She has worked in the Wool Industry, the Timber Industry and the Tourist Industry.

Photograph (sepia)

Port of Echuca , Echuca

Sepia print of a painting depicting a river scene with a sawmill on the far bank in the centre of the picture, with tall trees behind. There is a large row boat with 4 people rowing and eight passengers, including a small child. To the left foreground, a man is sitting under a tree. There are three paddlesteamers on the river

Historical information

Reproduced from a painting belonging to the National Library of Australia. The picture depicts a busy sawmill on the banks of the river with a crane on the wharf to load and unload the timber, stock piles of processed logs on the banks awaiting transportation. Two paddle steamers on the river travelling in different directions and one against the farthest bank next to the sawmill. In the foreground there is a row boat used to transport passengers from one side of the river to the other. In the boat there are four workers rowing, it appears of the passengers there are six women, a small child and a man.

Significance

This depiction of life on the Murray River at Echuca in 1876, shows the area as a bustling river community. The passengers in the row boat show that there were workers and gentile folk in the area at this time. It looks orderly and industrious.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front left hand corner of picture:"1876". On reverse: a sticker reading" Not to be reproduced without permission from the National Library of Australia". In blue pen:"Mackintosh's Mill, Echuca East". "Lysaght, P. J. On the Murray River at Echuca 1876. National Library of Australia"

Colour photograph

Port of Echuca , Echuca

Colour photograph of Customs House at Echuca port.

Historical information

Customs building: built 1884 to handle goods entering Victoria up to 1901. Building classified B by National Trust.

Significance

Customs houses, of similar design, were built along the Murray river to collect taxes on goods transported from N. S. W. to Victoria. The taxes were collected up until Federation in 1901. The Victorian railways used it as an office until about the 1960 when it became a private dwelling. The Customs House at Echuca is now owned by The Port of Echuca and has been used to house a wine tasting businesses, cafe and local produce retail and art gallery.

Inscriptions & Markings

In ink on reverse: Dec.77-M: Print made by Kodak: Kodak. In pencil Customs House