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DROMANA PIER, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA (FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS.)

Journal by itellya

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on 2013-03-03 03:50:16

Itellya is researching local history on the Mornington Peninsula and is willing to help family historians with information about the area between Somerville and Blairgowrie. He has extensive information about Henry Gomm of Somerville, Joseph Porta (Victoria's first bellows manufacturer) and Captain Adams of Rosebud.

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by itellya on 2013-08-11 08:32:45

'Fishermen risk lives'
Dromana seeks harbor
Lives of 200 fishermen in Port Phillip Bay were endangered by the lack of safe harbor facilities between Dromana and Sorrento, Mr. Merrifield, Public Works Minister,was told yesterday. A deputation from Dromana residents, the R.S.L.,
and Flinders Shire Council asked Mr. Merrifield to build a boat haven at Dromana
which, they said, was ideal for a safe harbor.
The water at Dromana was deep and the port was not affected by siltation. They asked for the existing 90-year-old Dromana pier to be rebuilt and extended to 1,000ft. with a 1,000ft. breakwater. Mr. Merrifield promised to consider their request, but warned that the project could be expensive. Members of the deputation
said most fishing boats anchored at Rosebud, which was unsuitable because of
siltation. Lives had been lost therebecause of the difficulties in negotiating treacherous sandbanks. Fishing boats were also at the mercy of sudden storms and squalls, and many valuable boats had been smashed and destroyed.
(P.16, Argus, 19-6-1954.)

N.B. Sam Merrifield founded the Essendon Historical Society and the library at Moonee Ponds is named after him.

by itellya on 2014-11-02 04:56:38

POSTSCRIPT 2-11-2014- ANSWERS.
SOME QUESTIONS THAT STUDENTS NEED TO ANSWER,USING COMMON SENSE, IN PROJECTS ABOUT THE DROMANA PIER.
Many answers can be found in other questions. Answer with a complete sentence for each. For example, in Question 4 you should write:
As well as being needed for cooking and heating buildings,wood from Arthurs Seat was sawn into beams and planks for railways sleepers, jetties and buildings.

DON'T WRITE YOUR ANSWERS,JUST SAY THEM ALOUD TO YOURSELF.
1. What grows naturally and tall in mountainous areas if there is enough soil above the rock? Trees.
2. What is the mountainous area near Dromana called? Arthurs Seat.
3. What fuel did people use to cook and heat their houses in the 1850's: wood.
4. What else was timber from Arthurs Seat used for? Select three.
railway sleepers; jetties; buildings.
3. Why was Dromana chosen by people supplying timber in the 1850's as a place for their huts? Select three.
(Ships big enough to carry timber could get close to shore; timber only had to be dragged downhill to be loaded onto vessels; because of Arthurs Seat making clouds rise it rained more there and many springs supplied good drinking water;it was on the Nepean Highway.)
4. Being near the coast, which type of food could the settlers get without having to farm? Fish.
5. Which person mentioned in verse 1 of the poem at the start of the journal carried timber in his ship to Melbourne and coastal towns where piers were being built? Peter Pidota.
6. Before the pier was built, where did Peter Pidota load his ship? Sheepwash Creek.
7. At which tide do you think the loading would have been done; low or high? Explain why. High. A ship could be unloaded at low tide but, if loaded at low tide, would become heavier and firmly stuck in the sand,perhaps tipping over, as it was loaded and would not refloat until high tide. The lime craft near Owen Cain's "Tyrone" near Rye would sail onto sandbanks at high tide, be propped up with poles,load bags of lime driven onto the sandbanks on carts and then sail off at the next high tide. The high value of the lime made such delays acceptable but a pier was built quite early at Rye all the same.
8. Have you ever been bowled over by a breaking wave at the beach? Personal.
9. Have you ever been dumped off a surf board or inflatable boat by a breaking waves? Personal.
10.What would make loading or unloading near the shore dangerous? Start your answer with two consecutive words used in both questions 9 and 10. e.g. Breaking waves made loading or unloading near the shore a risky business, especially when heavy items such as railway sleepers were being handled.
11. Why would a long pier extending into deep water make it safer to load and unload ships? Choose three answers.( ships would not get stuck on the sea bed at low tide; boats would not violently move up and down and lengthwise as well as rocking ,because of breakers; those loading or unloading would not get drenched.)
13. What sort of cargo would ships bring back after taking lime from Rye and timber from Dromana to Melbourne?
Remember that many settlers had vegetable gardens, small orchards, chooks, dairy cows and the sea close by. Select all correct answers. ( dress and curtain material and clothes; flour; furniture.)
14.What are two other benefits provided by the pier for Dromana's early residents? Select two.
(fishermen could unload their catches more easily and drape their nets over the side rails to dry; big steamers could dock there to load and unload tourists who usually stayed for a long holiday but sometimes crammed a drive to Cape Schanck or a climb to Arthurs Seat's summit into a shorter stay.)
15. What was the name for the places where tourists stayed? (guest houses.)
16. What were the names of the three most famous steamers? Look in Melway 169 H5.
Weeroona, Hygeia, Ozone.
17. Why did the bay steamers stop coming? Choose three.
(roads had improved; bus lines started carrying tourists in the 1920's; more people owned cars.)

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