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Negative - Lachlan River, New South Wales, 1878 Image Reg. No: MM 6384

Possibly depicts the paddlesteamer Melbourne, built at Echuca in 1865 for the Victorian Government using imported components. It was the second of three vessels with this name to operate on the Murray River and was unusual in being one of the few stern-wheelers on the Murray-Darling River system. The PS Melbourne operated as a snagger and works vessel both along the Murray and on smaller tributaries such as the Goulburn and Lachlan Rivers. After over 50 years service its engines and boiler were removed and the Melbourne was converted into a barge.
Description Of Content:
Unidentified stern-wheel paddlesteamer tied up at the bank of the Lachlan River. It is believed that the photograph shows the Victorian Government workboat the PS Melbourne.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Mr J. Goodwin, 1988
The Biggest Family Album of Australia, Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: paddle steamers, rivers, womens clothing, i don t believe this is the lachlan river. more likely the goulburn
Themes this item is part of: Images & Image Making Collection, The Biggest Family Album in Australia Collection
Primary Classification: WATER TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Steam Power
Tertiary Classification: paddlesteamers - inland rivers
Organisations Depicted: Lachlan River
Format: Negative: Black & White; 35 mm
Place & Date Depicted: Lachlan River, New South Wales, Australia, 1878

Attributed to Anglo- Australian Photo Company - needs reserach
References: Identification by Frank Tucker, 02/05/2010.
  1. [Book], Brian Marshall, Paddle-Boats of the Murray-Darling River System, Mercury Publishing Co, Melbourne, 1988, pp.142-143. Pages


Frank Tucker Posted on 02 May 2010 5:07 PM
I'm pretty sure this is the PS Melbourne, during snagging operations and most likely not on the Lachlan River, which saw very few paddle steamers at all
Mrs. Pam Dawson Posted on 21 Jan 2011 3:15 PM
My Great Grandfather Capt.James Hill was on the PS Melbourne snagging boat. His first wife Mary Grace is buried in Echuca cemetery. I am researching the family tree at present about their lives on the River.
Sean Halpin Posted on 11 May 2012 1:11 PM
I am a great-grandson of Capt. James Hill. Hello Pam :) I have lots of information from research I have conducted related to Captain Hill - newspaper articles / certificates etc.

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