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Shire of Wentworth Heritage Survey

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ITEM NO: 110
ITEM NAME (Former Name): Wreck of the Rodney
LOCATION: Moorara Station, Menindee Road (Darling)
USE (Former Uses): Paddle Steamer
CONSTRUCTION DATE: 1894
THEME: Agriculture
CONDITION: Only remnant shell remains
HERITAGE ENDORSEMENTS:

STATEMENT OF HERITAGE SIGNIFICANCE

Architecture/Environment:
Skeleton remains of the hull of a paddle steamer destroyed by fire. Located in the Darling River between the stations of Moorara and Polia, only visible during low river.

History:
The ‘Rodney’ was set alight by striking shearers. The boat was carrying non-union shearers north to Tolarno Station. The remains of the steamer is a clear reminder of the turbulent confrontations surrounding the many shearers strikes of the 1890’s which significantly interrupted the pastoral industry which dominated the Shire.

Recommendation:

References:
Tullock D ‘The Historic Town of Wentworth.

Photographs: (No photographs available)

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