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Shipping, Port Augusta 27 Sept 1884
Title : Shipping, Port Augusta 27 Sept 1884 Shipping, Port Augusta 27 Sept 1884
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Creator : Edwardes, Arthur Diedrich, 1905-1970
Source : PRG 1373/39/15
Date of creation : ca.1845-1950
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Records comprising 91 volumes of photographs of ships, organised under type of ship, or ownership, and with basic caption information. The volumes were compiled by shipping enthusiast Arthur Edwardes, using original prints if available, but most commonly copy prints. See below for details of ships in the various volumes.

As the nearest town and port to the Outback of South Australia Port Augusta played an integral role in the development of the north. Besides being an outlet for the wool clip and later the wheat harvest from the adjacent regions, it was also the port to which the supplies for the building of the Overland Telegraph Line and later the northern railway were delivered.

The first jetty built was a private one erected for Sir Thomas Elder; he used this for the export of his wool clip and later in 1866 the camels he imported for a breeding stud were landed there.

Other private jetties were built and finally in 1870 the South Australian government erected a jetty. Its final length was 162 metres. It still stands but has been reduced to 78 metres. The government built a second jetty in 1877 to supply the needs of the northern railway.

The effects of drought severely influenced exports through this most northerly of South Australia's ports. Once built the railways became the main reason for the port's continued existence as the coal needed by the trains was imported through Porrt Augusta. The town's supplies continued to come in by sea until even this role was taken away and they arrived by road instead.

Related names :

Port Augusta (S. Aust)

Thunderbolt (ship)

Jacobus Johannes (ship)

Duisdeer (ship)

Capella (ship)

Peri (ship)

Oaklands (ship)

Phillis (ship)

SS Investigator (ship)

Prospero (ship)

Beltana (ship)

Postboy (ship)

Joliba (ship)

SS Bengal (ship)

Auckland (ship)

City of Adelaide (ship)


Coverage year : 1884
Period : 1884-1913
Place : Port Augusta
Region : Flinders Ranges and Far North - Outback
Further reading :
Anderson, R. J. Solid town: the history of Port Augusta [Port Augusta, S. Aust.]: R.J. Anderson, 1988
Parsons, Ronald. Southern passages: a maritime history of South Australia Netley, S. Aust.: Wakefield Press, 1986
Internet links :
Wadlata Outback Centre: History of Region. Port Augusta yesterday and today



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