NETTLETON, Charles (1826-1902)
Sandridge Pier, Hobson’s Bay, Melbourne.
Circa 1870. [Title from contemporary inscription in ink on mount]. Albumen print photograph, 250 x 350 mm, laid down on its original 19th century album page; the print has a few tiny scattered marks in the sky area, but is otherwise in fine condition with excellent tonal range and detail.
A superb large format photograph capturing the bustle of activity on the Melbourne and Hobson’s Bay Railway Company’s pier at Sandridge (now Port Melbourne), with a steam engine hauling cargo along a track running down its centre. The name on the stern of the clipper ship Norfolk can be made out in the middle ground on the right.
One of a series of views that Charles Nettleton took of this busy pier which not only handled a high volume freight but was also the main point of disembarkation for immigrants arriving at Port Phillip.