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Channel leading into Lake Butler
Title : Channel leading into Lake Butler Channel leading into Lake Butler
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Creator : Wenmouth, Bernice M.; photographer
Source : The Wenmouth Collection : Robe
Date of creation : ca. 1965
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :

The channel into Lake Butler boat haven, Robe

Robe was proclaimed a port in 1847, servicing the South East region of South Australia. Its peak as a port came during the 1860s, and it served also as the disembarkation point for the Chinese headed for the Victorian goldfields. SS Kintore was the last ship to use the port in June 1917.

However the fishing fleet still used the port and an additional jetty was built in 1949 to cater for it. In 1964 a channel was opened into Lake Butler which then became a boat haven for both the crayfish and shark fishing fleet, as well as for pleasure craft. The marina is administered by Robe District Council under a lease from TransportSA. It currently provides moorings for 32 commercial fishing boats, 30 private boats and a charter vessel. In addition to fuelling facilities, there is a boat lift and a hard standing boat storage area where repairs can be carried out. Robe Council is looking to extend the facilities. 

Coverage year : 1965
Place : Robe
Region : South East
Further reading :

Bermingham, Kathleen.Gateway to the South East Millicent, S.A.: South Eastern times, 1961

Bermingham, Kathleen, The sixth eleven tales of Robe Kingston, S.A.: J.M. Banks, 1975

Sprengel, Wilf.The ecstasy and the agony of Guichen Bay [Robe?, S. Aust.: W. Sprengel], 1986 (Naracoorte [S. Aust.] : Hansen Print)

Collins, Neville. The jetties of South Australia: past and present Woodside, S.A.: Neville Collins, 2005

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