Flinders Bay Jetty Plinth
Public Art : Flinders Bay Jetty Plinth
Sculptor : None Required
Description : Simple plaque on a granite
Date Unveiled : Unknown
Location : The memorial to Flinders Bay Jetty
can be found near its ruins at Barrack Point where the railway met the jetty embankment , Augusta, Western Australia.
Background to the Flinders Bay Jetty : Barracks Point
was originally a port of call for the whaling ships which frequented the area and in 1855 was officially proclaimed
a port.However it wasn't until M.C.Davies began his timber empire in the late 1870's did the area see the need for
a jetty. Karri timbers were in big demand worldwide and Davies needed somewhere for ships to berth so they could be
loaded without too much grief. He built two jetties in the area, one in Hamelin Bay and the other in Flinders Bay.
Both jetties were connected by a railway line. The Flinders Bay jetty was used during the winter months because it
was protected by the westerlies which made Hamelin Bay trecherous.During the boom, timber from the area was used to
construct railways in India, mines in South Africa, wharves in Hong Kong and streets in London. By the early 1900's
the industry was all but gone and both jetties fell slowly into disrepair. Sadly, today all that remains of the
jetty are a few timber posts which are slowly being claimed by the Southern Ocean. You can read more about the
jetties here Flinders Bay Jetty and
Hamelin Bay Jetty.
Note To Self : That rusty old iron winch
laying near the plinth isn't a relic from the Flinders Bay Jetty, it was used on the slipway of one of the
boatsheds on the beach.
Flinders Bay Jetty
Built 1882 by
As a safe winter port
1100 ft long: 80ft wide