Light on the Pylons, Queenscliff

Christine Smith

Grovedale, Australia

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FEATURED in HDR Photography 21-09-2010
FEATURED in Your Country’s Best 02-01-2011
FEATURED in HDRI (No Holds Barred) 13-05-2011
FEATURED in Beach, River and Lake Treasures 03-09-2011
FEATURED in Country Victoria 26-02-2017

Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Lens: @ 47mm, ISO: 100, Aperture: f5.6, Shutter: 1/50

Taken just on sunrise at Queenscliff in Victoria, Australia. This old pier and lifeboat complex is now listed with the Heritage Council of Victoria. The Queenscliff Pier and Lifeboat Complex is of historical significance for its associations with the lifeboat service, the sea pilot service, the famous bay ferries and paddle steamers. Queenscliff Pier, built between 1884 and 1889 is of historical significance as a symbol of the early bay steamers and the numerous distinguished patrons brought by them from Melbourne to Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale. The pier perpetuates the memory of the Bay Steamer trade and the now demolished Fishermen’s Pier. It contains the last lifeboat shed to be constructed over the water in Queenscliff. It is also of architectural significance as a collection of rare surviving intact timber pier structures. The lifeboat shed is of architectural significance as a rare intact example of a jetty mounted lifeboat shed. Few if any of these sheds remain in Victoria. Similarly the barrel shape of the shed roof is an uncommon aspect generally seen only in nineteenth century railway goods sheds. The shelter shed too, with its arched wrought iron truss work and panelled timber interior is a more sophisticated and direct reminder of the bay steamer days. The pier and its buildings are of aesthetic significance as a prominent landmark on the bay representing a bygone era in Queenscliff’s history.

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