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Ceduna jetty
Title : Ceduna jetty Ceduna jetty
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Creator : Wenmouth, Bernice M.; photographer
Source : The Wenmouth Collection : Ceduna
Date of creation : ca. 1984
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :

The jetty at Ceduna

The town of Ceduna (on Murat Bay) was proclaimed in June 1901 but the local people called it Murat Bay until 1915 when the railway came and the siding was also called Ceduna.

A year later work began on a jetty. It was a screw pile jetty due to the rocky sea bed. Its final length was 368 metres, and remains that today. Initially trade was conducted by ketches and other small vessels of the mosquito fleet. The West Coast Shipping Company was founded about 1906 and in addition to a fleet of ketches introduced steamships to the west coast trade. Later Coast Steamships Company plied the west coast ports. With refrigerated storage it was an important link in the export of fresh fish for Adelaide and interstate markets.

However, in 1920 jetty and berthing facilities were opened at nearby Thevenard, providing deeper water and more importantly a railway link with the rest of the Peninsula. When bulk handling facilities were built at Thevenard in the early 1960s, the demise of Ceduna as the main port for the far west coast was assured. The last vessel to visit was Yalata in 1966.

Instead oyster farming has thrived in the clear waters of the adjacent bays and is an important business in the region.

Coverage year : 1984
Place : Ceduna
Region : Eyre Peninsula and Far West Coast
Further reading :

Faull, Jim Life on the edge: the Far West Coast of South Australia Ceduna, S. Aust.: The District Council of Murat Bay, 1988

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

The Biology and farming of oysters in South Australia  South Australian Department of Fisheries, Research Branch [Adelaide: The Branch], 1989

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