The MMHN Heritage & Museums Special Advisory Group is convening what promises to be a fascinating workshop sure to be of interest to many maritime stakeholders. It is a unique opportunity to help identify some of the 5000 astounding photographs of our waterways in the Harbour Trust Commissioner’s collection held by the Public Records Office Victoria.
The images chart the changes made to the course of the Yarra as shipping increased and the development of the port and Victoria Harbour catered for the ever-increasing trade. We can follow the changes in design of ships, tugs and barges and chart technological changes and sophistication in shipping. From action shots to landscapes it’s a fantastic resource for researchers of Melbourne’s maritime history.
Following an introduction to the collection, the images will be projected to a large screen to assist identification. Bring your laptop! This is the first collaborative workshop linking MMHN with the Public Record Office Victoria and the City of Melbourne Waterways Branch.
Above Image references: (left) VPRS 8357 P0001/73 Photo 008 The Commissioner (left) & Gannet at the opening of the Coode Canal 11 August 1886 Photograph identified by MMHN Director Jeff Malley. (right) VPRS 14517 P0001/16 Photo G814 PROV caption: Tug Eagle near Victoria Dock Comment by MMHN Director Jeff Malley: this is one of several classic images of the late steam era for Melbourne.
City of Melbourne Waterways Branch, Unit 20, 439 Docklands Drive, Docklands
Free Tram Zone, Stop D11 (last stop). Tram Nos 86, 70 and 35 and City Circle tram. Car parking available in Waterfront Way and Pearl River Road.
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