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Stenhouse Bay jetty
Title : Stenhouse Bay jetty Stenhouse Bay jetty
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Source : B 62734, Stenhouse Bay collection
Date of creation : ca. 1924.
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

The Stenhouse Bay jetty was used for the transport of gypsum by sea from the workings at Inneston on the lower Yorke Peninsula. It was built in 1913 by the Permasite Company to facilitate the shipment of gypsum from its workings at nearby Inneston Lake. The original jetty was 164 metres long; the gypsum was taken in ore trucks operating on steel rails and utilising a cable and winch. Three years later a cutting was made through the cliffs to allow the trucks to run straight onto the jetty using a counterweight system.

The jetty was extended in 1930 to 206 metres, which remains its current length. The barque Hougomont was scuttled at Stenhouse Bay in 1933 to form a breakwater. Stenhouse Bay ceased operations as a port in 1972. Improved road conditions, the increasing size of ships and the smaller size of the gypsum deposits on the lower peninsula were all factors in this decision. The mining company Waratah Gypsum now operates out of the port of Thevenard on the west coast, where it mines the gypsum deposits at Lake MacDonnell.
Coverage year : 1924
Period : 1919-1927
Place : Stenhouse Bay
Region : Yorke Peninsula
Further reading :
Nelson, Keith Kitchener. The history of Marion Bay, Inneston and Stenhouse Bay, 1922-1939 [Warooka, S. Aust.: Warooka District Council], c1994
Collins, Neville C. The jetties of South Australia: past and present Woodside, S.A.: Neville Collins, 2005
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