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Port Augusta, wharf, 1889
Title : Port Augusta, wharf, 1889 Port Augusta, wharf, 1889
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Creator : Edwardes, Arthur Diedrich, 1905-1970
Source : PRG 1373/39/20
Date of creation : ca.1845-1950
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :

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.

One of wharves and jetties in Port Augusta in 1889. Perhaps the men in the photograph are waiting for a ship to load up the wheat bags which surround them.

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 Port Augusta. The town's supplies continued to come in by sea until road transport supplied the need instead.

Port Augusta was officially closed as a port in 1974. It continues as the gateway to the Outback with road and rail links through the town.

Related names :

Port Augusta (S. Aust)

Coverage year : 1889
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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