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Town Hall, 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne
Town Hall, 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne

Three icons of Port

Sometimes you just can’t find the right word. Take icon, for example. Many Port Melbourne people have had enough of the word ‘icon’. ‘Iconic’ as new developments are often described, is almost guaranteed to get people’s backs up.

3 icons
Port Melbourne foreshore from Princes Pier

Three Port landmarks of Port are captured in this image: the beacon, the newly restored Stothert & Pitt crane and the chimney of Harpers Starch Factory. Icons of Port. These structures show so clearly how history gives meaning and identity to a place. At one time, the Starch Factory chimney was the landmark, but as this photo shows, it is now dwarfed by the hmas apartments.

cranes on Station Pier
Stothert and Pitt cranes on Station Pier, 1927, from the Jubilee History of the Melbourne Harbor Trust

Stothert & Pitt, were ‘cranemakers to the world’, based in Bath, a place more usually associated with Jane Austen. The two 3-ton Stothert and Pitt electric wharf cranes with 80 foot operating radius were erected at the outer end of Station Pier in 1949.

The Jubilee History of the Melbourne Harbor Trust shows these cranes on Station Pier in a 1927 photograph – an earlier type?

Corrections and additions always welcome.

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Acknowledgement of Traditional Custodians

We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we meet and work, the Bunurong Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung peoples of the Eastern Kulin Nation and pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.