Photographer's Note

Bourke these days is a small town on the banks of the Darling River with a mainly rural economy (sheep, cotton). The ocean outlet for the river is 1970km away but in the late 19th and early 20th century it was a major river port and this is what remains of the wharfs that lined the river. The main product shipped out was wool some of which arrived in Bourke by rail once that reached the town.
As you can see the wharf deck is way above the current water level which varied according to the season. Sometimes ships(well paddle steamers) would come up on high water and get stuck for a year or 2 during a drought. Over the river is the remains of a paddle steamer left high and dry after a flood. See the workshop for an old film era photo I took some time ago.
The shipping industry had died out by 1931, although a replica now takes people sight seeing along the river.
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Additional Photos by Ian Fegent (ifege) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1469 W: 79 N: 4173] (19551)
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