Stories Organisations Projects About Login

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

Contact Information

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

Contact

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

View on Google Maps

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.

There are no comments yet.

Leave a comment

404 items

close
Show All Items Items with Images (384) Items with Audio Items with Video Items with Documents
View As Grid List

404 items

Photograph - P.S. Rodney with barges Horace & Nelson

Port of Echuca , Echuca

P.S.Rodney alongside barges Horace & Nelson, tied to historic Echuca Wharf, with Pride of the Murray paddlesteamer & barge in back ground all vessels loaded with wool bales and crew resting on these. Riverbank lined with red gums.

Historical information

P.S Rodney with barges Horace & Nelson laden with wool bales bought into the Port to be unloaded onto rail trucks to go to markets in Melbourne. c.1890 Paddlesteamers travelled the river systems to bring wool from out- lying properties into the Port of Echuca to be transported by rail to Melbourne. This was prior to road & rail transport in the 1800's

Significance

One of thousands of photos taken depicting the transportation of wool from out- lying properties to the rail head at Port of Echuca using paddlesteamers.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten in pen on lower left back corner "Rodney with barges Horace & Nelson c. 1890"

Coloured Photograph

Port of Echuca , Echuca

Colour photograph of the Port of Echuca Wharf repair works, detailing the "trench" between the wharf and the rail platform.

Historical information

Echuca was the largest inland port in Australia by the end of the 1890s. The first wharf at Echuca was constructed by Melbourne based stock agency Clough &Co. in 1859. The Victorian government built its wharf in 1865, the final section completed in 1876. The Echuca wharf was 1 kilometre in length and was 9 metres above the summer river level. The riverboat trade flourished until the depression of the 1890s and the advancing railways put the paddlesteamers out of business. In 1944, due to a shortage of firewood the railways demolished three-quarters of the wharf. In 1973 a grant from the Vicotrian government enabled restoration of the wharf to begin. It then became the major attraction for the Port of Echuca tourist industry.

Significance

The wharf area at the Port of Echuca is one of the major parts of this tourist attraction. The wharf consists of the docking platforms for the paddlesteamers and the rail tracks where goods were transported from one means of transport to another at the height of the wool and logging trade. Goods were transported to Melbourne by rail. The Port underwent repairs to the wharf area in 1984

Inscriptions & Markings

On reverse in black pen:"Wharf repairs. April 84". Fujicolor paper.

Coloured rectangular photograph.

Port of Echuca , Echuca

A rectangular coloured photograph, and enlargement photograph, of the P.S. Adelaide being re-launched into the Murray River , on the 3rd April, 1984. The photograph is taken from the N.S.W bank with the P.S Pevensey in the foreground right corner of the photograph. The word Philadelphia can be seen faintly on the P.S Pevensey. There is a large crowd of people on the Victorian bank watching. There is a floating pontoon on the river immediately in front of the P.S Adelaide.

Historical information

The P.S Adelaide had been displayed in the Hopwood Gardens from 1960. In 1984 The City of Echuca decided to put the paddle steamer back in the river. This happened over several weeks and involved digging a boat ramp into the bank in front of the Hopwood Gardens. This involved a lot of skill and people. It also attracted a lot of attention. Crowds gathered every day to watch the task. In this photograph the P.S Pevensey in the foreground still has the name P.S Philadelphia writing on its name plate. The P.S Pevensey was used in the TV Series 'All The Rivers Run', as the P.S Philadelphia. Relates to a series of images Reg. nos. P000059.3, P000061.3, P000062.2, P000063.3, P000070.2, P000071.

Significance

The re-floating of the P.S Adelaide is significant because it occurred at a time when the Tourist Industry was gathering momentum in Echuca. The City of Echuca made the decision to add another paddle steamer to its fleet to carry passengers on the Murray River. The P.S Adelaide is one of the oldest, still operative wooden hulled paddle steamers in the world. It celebrated it's 150th birthday in July 2016. The re-floating of the P.S Adelaide created a lot of attention locally and regionally.

Inscriptions & Markings

On near boat obscured are the words Philadelphia.

Black and white photograph.

Port of Echuca , Echuca

This is a black and white rectangular photograph of a river scene with a large paddle steamer moving towards two huts and two moored paddle steamers in the background. There is a small motor boat also moored in the background.

Historical information

This photograph is significant as it shows the use of the river.It shows that Tourism has not yet dominated the river traffic. This photograph could be part of the Dowell Family Collection.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on the back of the photograph in blue texta pen are the words "Rose 3064."

Photograph

Port of Echuca , Echuca

Echuca Wharf with 2 wool barges fully loaded along-side the paddle steamer- possibly the Rodney. On the wharf is the cargo shed and the hydraulic crane used for unloading produce from the paddle steamers. IN the back ground left hand side is the over head bridge which crosses the rail way lines behind the wharf.

Historical information

The P.S. Rodney- which was burnt during the shearers strike of 1894-is moored at the Echuca wharf along side 2 fully laden barges carrying wool. These would have been unloaded onto the wharf using the hydraulic crane visible, then loaded onto rail trucks waiting on teh other side of the wharf to take the wool to markets in Melbourne or from there onto steam ships to other ports in the world.The wharf was designed to be able to unload barges and paddle steamers in all river levels. This particular photo shows a very high river level, with the barges being almost level with the top of the wharf.

Significance

P.S.Rodney was a paddle steamer used to bring wool from out lying stations into the wharf. The Rodney was burnt during the shearers strike in 1894

Inscriptions & Markings

wharf.c.1890 Copy of Hist. Soc. original Wharf, 2 wool barges adjoining with boat at right (P.S. Rodney?) P894

Coloured postcard.

Port of Echuca , Echuca

This is a coloured rectangular postcard of the park at the entrance to the Victoria Park boatramp. Crofton Street can be seen in the background. The picture shows a fountain and 2 statues on bases, one in the background and one in the foreground.

Historical information

This photograph is significant as it shows the fountain in Victoria Park which was designed by W.C Vahland and built in 1882. This photograph shows the extent of the gardens which are no longer there. The statues were also part of the garden design and are still there. The date is believed to be 1910, however the Federation Arch was erected in 1901 next to the Vahland fountain and it does not appear to be in this photograph. Crofton St, can be seen in the background. The plants in the garden all appear to be mainly European plants.

Significance

This photograph is significant as it shows the extent and the type of garden design at the end of the 19th Century. It also shows the fountain designed by W.C Vahland in 1882. W.C Vahland was a Bendigo architect who designed 200 buildings in Bendigo as well as three fountains iHe designed 20 buildings and one fountain in Echuca .

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on the front of the postcard are the words Echuca Park. On the back are the words. POSTCARD. This space may be used for communication. For Address only. Printed in Germany. Fosdyke &a Co. Echuca.

Black & white photograph

Port of Echuca , Echuca

Black & white photograph and negative of the Barge "B22" resting on the slip, viewing its starboard side. A small truck is at the left.

Historical information

Paddlesteamers often towed barges behind them to double the size of their cargos. Barges were locally built from red gum, using the same basic design with modifications being made dependent on the types of loads they were to carry. The Murray River Sawmill Company was responsible for building " B22", which was towed by the P. S. Adelaide. The B22 got its name because it was the second barge built in 1922. (Port of Echuca. Teachers resource book. 2005 ed., p. 17) One of a series: P000234.2 to P000252.2 inclusive & P000269.

Significance

The B22 is one of the barges on display at the Port of Echuca. Barges played an important role in moving cargo up and down the Murray, Darling and Murrumbidgee rivers, enabling paddlesteamers to double their loads. The barges carried wool, timber and general cargo. These barges were attached to the paddlesteamers at the centre of gravity of the paddlesteamer and towed behind them.

Inscriptions & Markings

In black pen on reverse of photograph: B22 on slip. In red ink: It's Kodak color. Apr.81. Kodak

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."

Black& white photograph

Port of Echuca , Echuca

Black and white photograph and negative of the P.S. Pride of the Murray moored in front of the P. S. Canberra both with gangplanks extended to the Echuca bank.

Historical information

The P. S. Pride of the Murray and P. S. Canberra are both privately owned paddle boats operating from the Port of Echuca tourist precinct. The Canberra was converted to a tourist vessel about 1960. They are both diesel vessels. P. S. Canberra was built in 1912 in Goolwa, of wood, 22.6mx4.6mx1.2m. The paddle wheel is on the side. The Canberra has a capacity of 100 passengers. The P. S. Pride of the Murray was built in Echuca as a timber logging barge C24. Dimensions: 25.1mx4.9mx1.5m. It was converted to a tourist vessel in 1977 with a side paddle wheel location.

Significance

These two paddle boats have historical and social significance in that they are 2 of the privately owned paddle boats that make up the fleet of tourist boats at the Port of Echuca precinct. The Pride of the Murray "started life as a barge, moving giant red gum logs" to the mills at Echuca. "At the end of its usefulness it was abondoned and sunk into the river bank... In 1973, ...the barge (was) refloated and repaired at Moama slip. In 1977 it was converted for use as a tourist vessel" (Christopher, P. Paddlesteamers and riverboats of the River Murray. rev.ed.2012, p.68). P. S. Canberra was built in 1912, as a " fishing boat, then used as a cargo and pleasure craft". It was converted in 1960 to a tourist vessel and " diesel was fitted in 1964' with the original steam engine being used for display purposes, although a reconversion to steam has been planned." (Christopher. Paddlesteamers and riverboats of the Murray River. rev. ed. 2012, p. 62)

Inscriptions & Markings

On front: "Pride of the Murray" On reverse in black pen:Canberra + Pride Murray. On reverse in red ink: Kodak/ Kodak for color/ Apr.81

A coloured rectangular photograph.

Port of Echuca , Echuca

A coloured photograph of a K Class locomotive and train stationary at the Echuca Station. People can be seen standing around the locomotive. The Echuca Loco shed can be seen in the background.

Historical information

This photograph shows the end of the Echuca Station in 1979. The K153 locomotive is in excellent condition. The Echuca Loco Shed can be seen in the background. The Loco Shed housed locomotives for Vic Rail as well as the Deniliquin and Moama Railway Company, a private company which ran trains between Moama and Deniliquin for many years.

Significance

This photograph shows that state of the J class locomotive at that time. It appears to be in very good condition. The passenger carriages behind appear to be more of the usual carriages used in the 1970's. The condition of the Echuca station can also be seen.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the back of the photograph Kodak paper. June 79. On the locomotive in the photograph is written K153.

Coloured Photograph

Port of Echuca , Echuca

This is a coloured square photograph of the P.S Adelaide in the river, obscured by trees and the bank, whilst the P.S.Pevensey is next to it near the N.S.W bank. Spectators line the bank watching the re-launch of the P.S Adelaide.

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 her being to returned to the river. Returning her to the river,took several weeks in March and April 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.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the prow of the paddle steamer on the left of the photograph the words ADELAIDE can be seen. The word PEVENSEY can be seen across the wheelhouse of the larger paddle steamer on the right of the photograph.a

Black bordered, coloured rectangular photograph .

Port of Echuca , Echuca

A black bordered photograph of the Port of Echuca wharf from the NSW bank. The train can be seen parked at the station. The water level is not high. The P.S. Pevensey is blowing off steam. The P.S Etona is moored downstream of the P.S Pevensey.

Historical information

This photograph was taken in 1980 for a City of Echuca brochure. It shows Shackell's Bond Store in the background. It also shows the train still parked at the wharf station. This photograph was taken after the TV Series of "All The Rivers Run" had been released and the Tourism Industry was being promoted.

Significance

This photograph is significant because it shows the condition of the wharf in the 1980's. It also shows the importance of the development of the tourism industry in the 1980's.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the front of the photograph the words Pevensy can be seen written on the paddle steamer in front of the wharf. Written on the back of the photograph in pencil are the words "Bob Anderon- for first 4 colour City brochure." In black ink are written the words "c.1980."

Black and white photograph

Port of Echuca , Echuca

A black and white photograph 13 cms X 9 cms of the P.S Alexander Arbuthnot under the Barmah Bridge, prior to being taken out of the river and taken to Shepparton.

Historical information

This is a photograph showing the P.S. Alexander Arbuthnot about to be removed from the water to be transported to Shepparton for restoration. The Alexander Arbuthnot was pulled off the bottom of the river at Yielma in July 1972 and taken to Shepparton via Barmah in January 1973.

Significance

This photograph is significant as it shows the P.S Alexander Arbuthnot about to come out of the river, to be fully restored.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on the back of the photo are the following words. "Alexander Arbuthnot being moved into position under the Barmah Bridge prior to removal from the water and transported to Shepparton for restoration 1971 - 1973. The paddle screamer was previously sunk near the Victorian bank. At Newmans property at Yielma."

Colour Print

Port of Echuca , Echuca

Colour print of a painting depicting a river scene of the Port of Echuca with the P. S. Elizabeth in the foreground pulling a barge laden with wool. The Echuca Wharf is in the background with a number of paddle steamers and barges alongside the wharf. The cargo shed is on the right hand side of the wharf, two cranes along the wharf, a steam train on the far left and the tops of many buildings can be seen in the background. There is a small row boat in the middle of the painting and another at the front left hand corner.

Historical information

Reproduced from a painting belonging to the National Library of Australia. The National Bank produced calendars depicting art work of historical Australian scenes. This scene shows the busy Echuca port in the 1880s when it was at its peak. It handled goods, such as wool and timber, transported by paddle steamers which were then transported by train to Melbourne for domestic or overseas markets. The Riverine Herald reported, on 8/7/1874,that the P. S. Elizabeth made "to date the fastest ever trip to Hay with a barge in tow."

Significance

This depiction of life on the Murray River at Echuca in 1880 shows the area as a bustling river community. The wharf was a hive of industry transporting goods to and from Echuca via paddle steamers and steam train. The paddle steamers towed barges laden with cargo, especially wool. 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:"Artist unknown, c. 1880". On the bottom right hand corner:" The Paddle steamer 'Elizabeth' at Echuca (Vic.) Reproduced by the National Bank in 1976 from the watercolour in the National Library of Australia, by permission of the Trustees."

Black and white rectangular photograph.

Port of Echuca , Echuca

A black and white rectangular photograph of members of the Chaffey Family, building the P.S Pearl. The hull can be seen to be propped up on the river bank. The framework of the cabins above the hull can be seen. Seven workers can be seen resting on the beach in front of the hull.

Historical information

ThIs photograph shows seven workmen, converting the Pearl barge to a paddle steamer, thought to be about 1910 when B. Chaffey registered the P.S Pearl. George Chaffey designed paddle steamers similar to the American River Steamers, with a very high superstructure, which can be seen in this photograph , and with two funnels. The vessels often had two different sized fire boxes which required different sized wood to be used. The designs often did not work very well on the Murray River. The high superstructure often caused the paddle steamers to roll when turning sharp river bends found on the Murray River. The P.S Pearl was eventually bought by the South Australian Lands Department and sunk opposite the Rowing Club at Murray Bridge in 1957.

Significance

The Chaffey Family made a significant contribution to river technology and river trade in the late 19th Century. The two brothers William and George owned the River Murray Navigation Company, which operated in the Mildura Renmark region. In 1896 the company was declared bankrupt and George left Australia for good. His son Benjamin remained and ran the Company. George had been a boat designer and often used designs similar to the American Paddle steamer designs, which was obvious in the P.S . Pearls design.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on the back of the photograph in lead pencil are the words 'Chaffey's building the 'Pearl' ' On a red sticker on the back of the photograph are written the words "COPYRIGHT foto-fella H 20-24A Don TURVEY Box 1403 MILDURA 234436-230211-245995"

Colour Photograph

Port of Echuca , Echuca

Colour photograph of the P. S. Adelaide on a soil ramp, being encouraged (rear entry) onto the river. A winching float and an outboard motor boat are at the right front. Spectators line the banks of the ramp. Temporary slipway constructed of logs is clearly visible before the boat enters the water.

Historical information

This coloured photograph shows the re-floating of the P. S. Adelaide on a soil ramp, being encouraged (rear entry) down the temporary slipway onto the river. The temporary slipway is clearly visible with a workman (possibly Kevin Hutchinson) standing at thelast log as the boat nears the waters' edge. A winching float and an outboard motor boat are at the right. Spectators line the banks of the ramp. Part of a photo sequence no.P000041; P000045; P000046; P000047; P000048 of 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

Black and white photograph of small group of people with horse drawn carriage by a river. One man is sitting on the carriage, others are standing to left of picture. Inscribed lower left :"Travellers resting on Campaspe River". Copy of original from Latrobe Library collection.

Historical information

Horse drawn carriages were a common mode of transport in the 1880-1900. The photograph shows the Campaspe river at very high river level (closest tree is in water).

Significance

This photograph shows the Campaspe river banks and area around the traveller's resting place as bush land with very large gum trees. The travellers appear to be well dressed with coats, hats and ties, even young boys with hats on.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front written in cursive :"Travellers resting on Campaspe river". On reverse in blue pen: "La Trobe Coll'n", in pencil:"Date unknown"

Black and white photograph.

Port of Echuca , Echuca

A black and white photograph of a large group of men outside a sawmill, reputed to be Macintoshes Sawmill in Echuca East.

Historical information

Macintosh's sawmill was on the banks of the Murray River in Echuca east where the Banyule State forest is now located. A tramway ran out to it from the main rail line near the iron bridge. Macintoshes Sawmill was one of the largest in the area. (Ref. Clare Jackson. )

Significance

Macintoshes sawmill was set up by James Macintosh in 1868 in Echuca East. His sawmill prospered and in 1878 was "equal to five normal sawmills" (Ref; Coulson, Helen, "Echuca Moama On the Murray." P.158) He also owned 2 paddle steamers and 8 barges. The Macintosh Family contributed substantially to the development of Echuca East, but by 1901 the Family was in severe debt and were forced to sell the sawmill to the Nicholas Family.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the back of the photograph written in pencil are the words "Believed to be workmen at McIntosh's mill (Charlie Dowell says)

Photograph

Port of Echuca , Echuca

View from wharf looking down river to north side of Murray River bank. Cargo shed visible on left hand side. River level at low, showing sand bank on the NSW side and the red gums along this bank.Paddle steamers tied up along this side bank.

Historical information

Low level on Murray River at Echuca Wharf. Paddle steamers tied up along the banks. Possibly a man on a small boat in centre of river.

Significance

This bend in the river, opposite the Echuca Wharf is the reason the railways put the wharf here when it was constructed. It is the closest part of the river to Melbourne, therefore the shortest distance to transport produce to the markets.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back P908

A square black and white photograph.

Port of Echuca , Echuca

A square black and white photograph of the An A2 locomotive standing at the Echuca Wharf station.

Historical information

This photograph shows the early stages of the Port of Echuca restoration in 1973. At this time the wharf was being developed into a tourist attraction. The A2 remained at the Wharf station for many years.

Significance

This photograph is significant because it shows the beginning of the Echuca Wharf being developed into the booming tourist attraction it has become in the 21st. Century.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on the back of the photograph are the words Early in restoration c. 1973? Written on the front of the train are the letters A2. and the numbers 996.

Colour Photograph

Port of Echuca , Echuca

Colour photograph of Echuca wharf showing the cream picket railway fence. Above the fence line can be seen a carriage, part of the locomotive and the rail signal.

Historical information

This photograph, taken in the late 1970-1980s, shows the historic wharf in the Port of Echuca tourist area. The wharf includes the rail siding, with locomotive and carriages , and the wharf with historic equipment used when the paddle boats were flourishing along the Murray river.

Significance

The historic Port of Echuca wharf includes the wharf and the rail siding that collected goods from the paddle boats and transported the goods to Melbourne and other locations. The Wharf is a major tourist attraction for Echuca as well as being a significant area used in the filming of "All the Rivers Run".

Inscriptions & Markings

On the sign on the front of the photograph :" Port of Echuca Historic wharf....open daily" above the fence line part of the rail crossing sign is visible " cross...way". On reverse :" This paper manufactured by Kodak"

Colour Photograph

Port of Echuca , Echuca

Colour photograph of P. S. Adelaide being encouraged down a soil ramp onto the river. An outboard float is on its left. Spectators line both sides of the ramp. Some kind of winching float is on the right.

Historical information

Colour photograph of P. S. Adelaide being encouraged down the soil ramp at Paddlewheel Park, onto the Murray river at Echuca. An outboard float is on the left with some spectators on it. Spectators line both sides of the ramp. Some kind of winching float is on the right. Part of photo sequence no. P000041; P000045; P000046; P000047; P000048.

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 onto the Murray river.

Black & white photograph

Port of Echuca , Echuca

Black & white photograph and negative of the P. S. Edwards floating on the river, possibly revealing ongoing repairs. There are 4 people on the boat (could be fishing) and an outboard motor boat moored by its starboard stern.

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 & P000269.

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

Coloured photograph and negative.

Port of Echuca , Echuca

A coloured photograph and negative of the P.S. Pevensey under steam showing starboard length.

Historical information

This photograph was taken in February 1984 on the occasion of Cossen's visit to Echuca. The P.S Pevensey is in full steam and there are crew members in the wheelhouse and on the rear deck. A group of people are situated under the wheelhouse and on the front deck.

Significance

This photograph is significant because it shows the P.S. Pevensey in motion travelling upstream. It shows the full length of the starboard side of the paddle steamer. It also records the Cossen's visit to Echuca in February 1984.

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 rectangular photograph.

Port of Echuca , Echuca

A black and white rectangular photograph of the Echuca Wharf taken in 1948, showing a large crane on the wharf and three vessels tied up to the wharf. Murray Esplanade can be seen in the background with Shackell's Bond Store visible. The photograph is taken facing south.

Historical information

ThIs photograph shows the extent of the wharf after the Second World War. The length of the wharf was greatly reduced as a need for wood was required during the Second World War 1939 - 1945. There are four vessels moored at the wharf.

Significance

This photograph is picture of the Echuca Wharf immediately after the Second World War. The length of the wharf was greatly reduced. There are four vessels tied up to the wharf. It is believed that the one nearest the camera is the barge J.L.Roberts being converted into the P.S Coonawarra. This process took place in 1950. It is believed that this photograph was taken in 1948! The name is the indigenous word for Black Swan. The vessel" was commissioned in 1950 cruising from Echuca to Mildura but frequent low water prevented a regular program and in 1959 she was moved to Murray Bridge and began conducting cruises to Morgan" (Ref. Parsons, R. "Ships or the Inland Rivers" Rev. 3rd Ed. page 61. ) She had 3 decks and room for 42 passengers. She continued to cruise into the 1980's.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the back of the photograph written in pen are the words J.L Roberts barge being refitted as Coonwarra. 1948 approx. Developed wrong way round?!

Black and white photograph

Port of Echuca , Echuca

Copy of a Black and white photograph of 2 men, 1 girl and 1 boy on upper deck of P. S. Kelvin. In background is a 3rd man, Hugh Price, at the wheel. Documented as being on mail run and at the Murray Bridge (at Echuca)

Historical information

A copy of a black and white photograph of paddle steamer travel along the Murray river. It shows passengers (2 men, 1 girl, 1 boy) on the upper deck of the P. S. Kelvin, around the late 1890-1900. In the background is a third man, Hugh Price, at the wheel of the paddlesteamer. On the back of the photograph is documented as being on the mail run and at the Murray Bridge.

Significance

Demonstrates passenger transport and travel along the river as well as the delivery of mail services between rural communities around the Echuca,Victoria, Moama New South Wales around 1890-1900.

Inscriptions & Markings

Kelvin on mail run, Murray Bridge. Hugh Price at wheel in rear.

Photograph - Gem around 1931 at Lock 7 (Renmark/Wentworth.

Port of Echuca , Echuca

A black and white photograph of the P.S Gem believed to have been taken about 1931. In the foreground is a small moored row boat.

Historical information

Details of the P.S Gem: Construction; Composite 40 h.p Tonnage : 228 Gross, 183 net. Length; 133.6 ft. Breadth; 20.7 ft. Depth; 6.6 ft. Date of Registry; Adelaide, 1876 No. 74,652 Built at Moama, N.S.W 1876 Owners: River Murray N. Co. Ref; 'The Register of Australian and New Zealand Shipping 1898' pp 55.

Significance

This is a photograph showing a large paddle steamer; The Gem in midstream . It is situated near Lock 7 in South Australia even though the Lock is out of sight.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on the back in lead pencil, Gem around 1931 at Lock 7. (Ren / Went)

Black and white photograph

Port of Echuca , Echuca

Black and white photograph of the entrance to Victoria Park showing high iron gates and lamps with bowed-top picket fence. Wide dirt approach.

Historical information

Small black and white photograph of the entrance to Victoria Park showing high iron gates that are open. The gates are open but the gate on the right is behind the fence. There are caste iron lamps at either side of the gates in front of the bowed-top picket fence. Between the gates, in the distance the fountain is visible. Murray pines are also visible. Wide dirt approach.

Significance

Victoria Park is of social and historical significance to the people of Echuca and district. It includes a state park that has a natural dry schreyphyll forest with a canopy of eucalypts. The Park also includes sporting grounds and facilities and picnic areas. This photograph depicts the entrance to the Park in the 1920s showing a dirt approach with the caste iron lights, iron gates and caste iron gate posts and the bowed-top picket fence.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the back of photograph, in pencil, "Park Entrance"

Colour photograph.

Port of Echuca , Echuca

A coloured photograph of the World War 1 memorial in Echuca. The monument consists of a column with a statue of a soldier on the top. There are two plaque walls on both sides. There is a flag pole at centre front. . The monument is situated at the northern end of Hare Street, near the intersection with Radcliffe St, and just east of the Shire of Campaspe offices.

Historical information

This monument was originally situated on the median strip in High Street, outside the original Town Hall building, which subsequently became the town's Library, and is now the Shire Offices I.T Department. The memorial was moved some time in the 1960's to it's present site, which is now immediately surrounded by the Shire of Campaspe Echuca Library which was built in the early 2000's . The memorial now also mentions other wars of the 20th Century.

Significance

The memorial now represents all people from the surrounding districts who have been lost to all Wars. The memorial is the focus of the Anzac Day ceremonies. In this photograph of 1979, both World War 1 & World War 2 would have been mentioned on the plaques.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on the back are the words, "This paper manufactured by Kodak.