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More than 1600 negatives collected by J.B.O Hosking, Melbourne Harbour Trust Chief Engineer from 1936 to 1959, have been painstakingly indexed and digitised by Public Record Office Victoria volunteers.
The black and white images depict Port of Melbourne facilities and activities including many of those overseen by Mr Hosking himself, such as the development of Appleton Dock, operation of the Yarraville fuel terminals and the evolution of the Williamstown and Port Melbourne wharfs in a changing landscape.
Five volunteers spent more than three years bringing the records of the Melbourne Harbour Trust (including the images of J.B.O. Hosking) to life, with two volunteers and a committee of staff curating their favourites for this photographic exhibition. And if you look closely throughout, you may spot Mr Hosking himself appear throughout these stunning still scenes.
The exhibition is now showing until 21 October 2019.
Victorian Archives Centre
99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne
Open Monday to Friday 10am-4.30pm
And the first and last Saturday of the month.
See below for just a sample of the images from the newly-digitised collection.