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Digital Photograph - Man on Bicycle Waiting for the Williamstown Ferry to Cross, Port Melbourne, 1968 Image Reg. No: MM 110779

The photographer Russell Beedles heard that the Williamstown car ferry was going to be closed down, so went to Port Melbourne and took the ferry across to Williamstown, to take photographs. The Williamstown Ferry crossing was replaced by the high-level West Gate Bridge, which opened in 1978, about one kilometre further upstream.
Description Of Content:
Man on a bicycle with arms folded waiting at the Port Melbourne landing opposite the Newport Power Station, for the Williamstown Car Ferry to cross the Lower Yarra River, July 1968.

This photograph shows a man standing on the ferry deck astride a stationary bicycle with his left foot resting on the kerb at the front edge of the ferry. To his left can be seen part of the chain that operated the ferry guiding it across the river and on his right the front quarter panel of a stationary motor car can be seen also waiting on the ferry to cross the river. The ferry was docked at the Port Melbourne bank of the river at the time the photograph was taken (hence the photographer's original caption). On the far bank of the river cars can be seen waiting for the ferry to arrive at the Williamstown landing for the return crosssing.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Mr Russell Beedles, 2006
Contributed by Mr Russell Beedles
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: rivers, water transport, ferries, punts, road transport, motor cars, bicycles, electric power stations, west gate bridge
Themes this item is part of: Transport Collection, Melbourne's Biggest Family Album Collection
Primary Classification: WATER TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Ports & Harbours
Tertiary Classification: piers
Inscriptions: Original inscription: "Waiting for the car ferry / Port Melbourne / July 1968 / Photographer: Russell Beedles"
People Depicted: unknown
Format: Digital Still Image: Black & White; Tiff
Place & Date Depicted: Fisherman's Bend, Victoria, Australia, Jul 1968

Source of Date Depicted: Photographer's records.
Place Depicted: Newport, Victoria, Australia
Photographer: Mr Russell Beedles
References: Additional information provided by Allan Marshall via Collections Online comment, posted on 16 May 2010.


Allan Marshall Posted on 16 May 2010 11:35 AM
The man on the bicycle "IS ON" the Ferry.
Just to his left at foot level you can see the guide-chain between rollers and the metal cover plates. I did this crossing many times in the 60's. Cheers, Allan.
Discovery Centre Posted on 19 May 2010 3:49 PM
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Helen Tatt (nee Maskell) Posted on 08 May 2013 3:53 PM
My sister Lorraine and I both worked in the offices at G.A.F.in the fifties, we rode our bikes to work from Newport, crossed on this ferry and thru the paddocks !! No paddocks there now eh........
Rob Bradley Posted on 17 May 2014 10:18 AM
As Port kids we travelled over to Williamstown many times on our bikes via the punt as we used to call it.We then would cycle along the Willy foreshore eat fish and chips swim or horse ride for the day and then take the ferry home again..I still can picture the ferry and the smells of the ferry and the river to this day 40 years on
Deanna Reynolds Posted on 04 Jun 2014 8:44 PM
I grew up in garden city and every Sunday dad would take us in the eh station wagon across to willy on the ferry, I will never forget the smell on the ferry it was the glass factory, you could always smell the fiberglass when moving across on the ferry, I used to look at the huge chains that pulled the ferry across, I was always scared of that ferry and the noise it made, I soon forgot that once we got over to willy to feed the swans and climb on the big cannon, those were great days

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