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Queens Wharf, Pt. Adelaide
Title : Queens Wharf, Pt. Adelaide Queens Wharf, Pt. Adelaide
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Creator : Gall, Ernest, photographer
Source : B 7581, Port Adelaide Collection
Date of creation : ca. 1906
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

Queens Wharf, Port Adelaide. North Parade Wharf extends beyond Queens Wharf and at the left is North Parade, which was the Port's main shopping area until the late 19th century. Queen's Wharf is immediately to the east of the Birkenhead Bridge (which was not built until 1940) and adjacent to the current Fisherman's Markets at the end of Commercial Road. In the distance at right a three masted ship can be seen on Fletcher's slip.

By this period in Port Adelaide steamships are more frequent although some sailing ships are still evident at North Parade Wharf. Motorisation is still not common with several horse pulled wagons visible. However the Port is alive with activity as wharfage continues upriver beyond the mill, and to the right beyond the ship in the foreground is McLaren Wharf, which extends beyond to the Company Basin and the New Port Dock. Downstream and also out of sight are more wharves including Ocean Steamers Wharf.

The far side of the river is still at this time occupied by ship repair and boat building yards. Fletcher's Slip would following his death be taken over by the Harbors Board and later by the Adelaide Steamship Company. The building of the Birkenhead Bridge would change the appearance of this area completely when it was opened in 1940.
At the time of the photograph Port Adelaide's wharves were privately owned: this however would change in a few years when the government re-acquired them and found them in a state of disrepair and set about a rebuilding programme.
Outer Harbor had also opened in 1908 and many of the larger vessels no longer came down to the Inner Harbor.
Coverage year : c.1906
Period : 1884-1913
Place : Port Adelaide
Region : Adelaide metropolitan area
Further reading :
Mudflats to metropolis: Port Adelaide 1836-1986 [Port Adelaide, S. Aust.: B. & T. Publishers, 1986]
Couper-Smartt, John. Port Adelaide: tales from a "commodious harbour" Port Adelaide: Friends of the South Australian Maritime Museum, 2003
Ritter, Ron. Triumph, tragedy and Port Adelaide [Para Vista, S. Aust.]: Ronald C. Ritter, 2005

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