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New Dock and bridge
Title : New Dock and bridge New Dock and bridge
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Source : B 36334 Port Adelaide Dock
Date of creation : ca. 1920
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :

Port Adelaide basin and Fisher Bridge.

Port Adelaide Dock or New Dock from the northern side looking south east across the dock to Santo Parade and the wool stores. Built in 1880 the dock was in its later years referred to as the 'timber dock' as logs were unloaded here for a number of timber companies.

Built at a time of growth in the Port the New Dock covered an area of nine acres and was dug by hand rather than using dredgers. The resulting spoil was used to build up the adjacent land and Santo Parade was constructed on this and many commercial buildings including wool stores were built there.

New Dock was an extension of the South Australian Company's Basin. Fisher Bridge was built at the same time as the dock to provide access to the northern side and the wharves beyond. It was a swing bridge and provided an opening of 60 feet.

In 1935 the dock was partially fillled in because of changing patterns of use in the Port and Ocean Steamers Road was built across the site. This shortened dock was named No. 1 Dock, which it remains today.

Period : 1919-1927
Place : Port Adelaide
Region : Adelaide metropolitan area
Further reading :

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

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

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

Mudflats to metropolis: Port Adelaide 1836-1986 [Port Adelaide, S. Aust.: B. & T. Publishers, 1986]

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



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