Victoria Harbour & Central Pier – A Story Waiting to be Told
In the heart of Docklands, Melbourne Maritime Heritage Network will share the ’untold story’ of Victoria Harbour, and the currently controversial Central Pier, explaining why both of these iconic maritime heritage assets are significant – and fascinating. Failure to understand such maritime infrastructure has resulted in incremental neglect and threatened demolition.
Melbourne’s maritime heritage infrastructure of all types is little understood by the wider public or by the plethora of authorities responsible for asset preservation. Two iconic maritime infrastructure assets remain in the CBD – Victoria Harbour and Central Pier. Both were recognized as technically advanced civil engineering projects at the time they were constructed; complex and complementary structures built to enable the great volume of maritime trade which generated prosperity for Melbourne and the hinterland. The ‘untold story’ underpinning these structures – conception, design, and construction – reveals that they deserve recognition, respect and, of course, preservation.
Presenter: Mike O’Brien, MMHN Director
Held at Magnet Galleries, The District, Docklands