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Port Germein jetty
Title : Port Germein jetty Port Germein jetty
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Source : B 48499, Port Germein Collection
Date of creation : 1891
Format : Photograph
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Description :

The jetty at Port Germein

The jetty at Port Germein was for many years the longest in South Australia. The jetty has been closed to shipping since 1959, shortened by storm damage, and its place as the longest has been taken over by the jetty at Port Bonython.

Port Germein is on the northern side of Germein Bay, with Port Pirie to its south. Despite the proximity of this port, Port Germein developed as a substantial port in its own right. The jetty was opened in 1881, and extensions were immediately called for if the jetty was to reach sufficiently deep water for large sailing ships. These were finally added in 1883, at which time the jetty's length was 5459 feet (1664 metres).

Despite the closeness of both Port Pirie and Wallaroo, Port Germein, three years prior to the photograph, loaded a total of 19 vessels during the 1888 wheat season. The large ship, Archibald Russell was the last to load at the port in 1939; but smaller vessels continued to use it spasmodically until the port was closed in 1959.

Coverage year : 1891
Place : Port Germein
Further reading :
Please sir, let's do history : original text by the teacher and students of Port Germein Primary School edited and presented for publication by Rita Purvis; cartoons by Jack Medlin Jamestown, S.A.: Nadjuri Australia, 1978
Collins, Neville C The jetties of South Australia: past and present Woodside, S.A.: Neville Collins, 2005
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State Library of South Australia: Mortlock Wing exhibitions. Wooden Walls and Iron Sides August 2004-



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