Last updated:

September 19, 2019

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.


Image Gallery

See below for just a sample of the images from the newly-digitised collection. 

black and white image of a ship coming into dock
Williamstown Dockyard, HMAS Ballarat launched from old building births. December 1940.


black and white image of men on dock using a large hose
Williamstown Dockyard, test of Simplex air foam generator supplied by Wormald Bros.


black and white image of ship
Station Pier Port Melbourne, test load on E1 crane at outer east berth. 1937.


 buoy on the water
Untitled and undated image of a buoy on the water.