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42. Port of Maryborough

Wharf St

A deeper site was selected to replace the first
shallow port which was located upriver at the original township. Wool, tallow, hides and timber were exported through the busy port and many coastal vessels brought supplies for the settlers. Between 1859 when Maryborough was declared an official Port of Entry and 1901, more than 22,000 immigrants from Great Britain and Europe entered Australia through the port. Ships also brought Kanaka labour from the South Sea Islands to work on local sugar plantations. Ship building and repair industries added to the liveliness of the port. A number of businesses were established to cater for the needs and entertainment of the maritime industry and flourished in the Wharf Street precinct. The derelict sheds behind the marina are remnants from the site of the Walker Shipyards which closed in 1974.

Make your way through the Parklands and up the steps to Wharf St where you will findů