JOHN CAMPBELL BUILT THE FIRST PIER AT RYE, VICTORIA IN 1867, NOT 1860.
I have just spent four hours trying to find the announcement of the tender being awarded because I had been looking in 1867. If published history,whether family or local, contains an error which can be demonstrated, it degrades the value of every other piece of information within, unless the rotten fruit is removed from the basket.
John Campbell, constructing jetty at Rye, L5.'0*; (P.4, The Herald, 5-12-1866.)
* 550 pounds, as in The Age and The Argus.
ROBERT ROWLEY'S 1887 LETTER PROVIDES A TIMELINE RE THE JETTY'S CONSTRUCTION WHICH DEMONSTRATES THAT IT WAS NOT BUILT IN 1860.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE AGE.
Sir,— Forty-five years ago I helped to ship
lime from Tootgarook, near Rye, and also
wattle bark; and since then vast quantities of
lime, wood and bark have been shipped; and this
has continued to the present day. Over 20 years
since application was made to the Government
for a jetty, and after some delay it was com-
menced, and from time to time added to ; but
now, after 20 years, the jetty remains unfi-
nished, so that the Sorrento steamers object to
call on account of the danger of making fast
in its unfinished state. Considering the vast
benefit the inhabitants of Melbourne have
derived from the lime shipped at Rye, the lime-
burners consider they have been most unfairly
treated in time past, and it has been like draw-
ing blood out of a stone to get the Govern-
ment to carry on this important work.
A contract is now being carried out,
but it will not complete the jetty. When the
Commissioner of Trade and Customs was down
here he would not promise to have it com-
pleted, and the poverty of funds is pleaded for
its non-completion, and yet he has proposed a
jetty at Canterbury, where he ships lime. The
Rye people consider they have been shamefully
treated, and hold that before Canterbury jetty
is commenced Rye jetty should be finished.
Should the poverty of the Government
be so great that this work cannot at once be
completed, it is proposed by a gentleman to
solicit subscriptions from the other Australian
colonies towards this work, and he intends
applying to the various Governments. I think
it would be as well not to make the colony the
laughing stock of the other colonies, and there-
fore trust you will use your powerful interest to
get a vote for Rye jetty.— Yours. &c..
Rye, 18th Jun. R. ROWLEY.
(P.15, The Age, 25-6-1887.)
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