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Port Adelaide Dock
Title : Port Adelaide Dock Port Adelaide Dock
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Creator : Sweet, Samuel White, photographer
Source : B 10743
Date of creation : 1879
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :

Port Adelaide Dock, showing excavation work.

Additional wharfage was much needed in Port Adelaide and this would be supplied by building a new dock. The Port Adelaide Dock or New Dock was an extension of the South Australian Company's Basin, but was built by the Port Adelaide Dock Company. It covered an area of nine acres and was dug by hand by hundreds of labourers, rather than by dredging equipment. The spoil was removed from the excavations by horse cart and was used to build up the surrounding land along which Santo Parade was built. In time this was filled with commercial buildings including wool stores and hotels, many of which still remain.

The dock was dug to a depth of 6 metres at low tide; an embankment remained in place between the excavation site and the Company's Basin until almost the completion of the work. The dock was spanned by the Fisher Bridge and both were officially opened on 20 September 1880. The construction work came in under budget at 85,000 pounds.

In the early years many wool clippers used the wharves of New Dock, close to the wool stores on Santo Parade; later the dock became known as the timber dock.


Coverage year : 1879
Place : Port Adelaide
Further reading :

Couper-Smartt, John Port Adelaide: tales from a "commodious harbour" Port Adelaide: Friends of the South Australian Maritime Museum, 2003

Ritter, Ron Spanning time and tide: the bridges of the Port Adelaide River [Para Vista, S.A.]: R.C. Ritter, 1996

Parsons, Ronald, Southern passages: a maritime history of South Australia Netley, S. Aust.: Wakefield Press, 1986

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Exhibitions and events :

State Library of South Australia: Mortlock Wing exhibitions. Wooden Walls and Iron Sides August 2004-



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