Re: Rye Limeworks
Phil and Colin,toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
I had a look at the photos of the Rye Pier and they are very much as I
remember it. One of the photos in fact shows my father’s professional
fishing boat at anchor in the “gutter” as we called it. By the late
40’s early 50’s the tramway out the pier was used solely by the
professional fishermen to haul boxes of fish in from the shed at the
seaward end of the pier to their utes and fishing gear out to the shed
to load on to the boats – I did it many times. The trolley was a hand
propelled job which was padlocked with the half dozen professional
fishermen each having a key.
I knew of the Eivion as her wreck was supposed to lie off White Cliffs
even though she was wrecked against the pier. But back in the 50’s she
must have been covered in sand as we could never find her despite
spending hours with snorkel and face mask swimming up and down.
My next task is to get hold of the Ordnance Map and then start to pester
the local historical societies.
From: LRRSA@yahoogroups.com.au [mailto:LRRSA@yahoogroups.com.au] On
Behalf Of Phil Rickard
Sent: Wednesday, 30 August 2006 10:49 PM
Subject: [LRRSA] Re: Rye Limeworks
Further to Colin's interesting list below, a tramway is shown on the
pre-WWII Inch/Mile Military map, running southwards, on the east side
of Sandy Road (now Truemans Road), from the Point Nepean Road [Melway
169 E3], for a distance of about 2 kms. South of the Truemans Rd
Recreation Reserve, the line turns more south-easterly and seems to
terminate about Melway 169 E8.
Interestingly, the rail per the auction catalogue equates to over 2.2
MILES of track, but the sleepers are only sufficient for about 1.8
MILES. [note that the tonnages given in Lots 90, 91 and 92 do not
agree with the lengths/weights]
Picture Australia (www.pictureaustralia.org) has several pics of Rye
pier (with jetty tramway), however the Peninsula Lime & Fertilizer
works (on the cnr of Point Nepean Rd and Sandy Rd) were about half-way
between the Rye jetty and the Rosebud jetty so output could have gone
Observations: That Rye was used for the shipment of lime is evidenced
by the wreck of the ketch "Eivion" c.1920 at Rye pier, whilst engaged
in the lime trade. see Victorian Heritage Register No.S 345
Interested researchers may wish to get a copy of "An Archaeological
and Historical Overview of Limeburning in Victoria" see
http://www.heritage.vic.gov.au/page.asp?ID=191 or try Vic Info in
Collins St. Inexpensive, usually kept "out the back" as it's not a hot
I wonder if Lot 63 was a home-built job, utilising an old tractor and
converting it to rail? I'd love to see a photo - David, maybe one of
the historical societies on the peninsula can assist.
--- In LRRSA@yahoogroups.com.au, "Colin Harvey" <harveycr@o...> wrote:
State Electicity Commission Records at the Public Record Office
yesterday (VPRS 8892/P1, Unit 360), I came across the auction
catalogue for the Rye plant. Details of the lots of possible tramway
interest are listed below.
manufacturers Plant at Peninsula Lime & Fertiliser Co., Point Nepean
Road, Rye. Auction date 31 March 1941.
wheels, roller chain and sprocket drive.
Lot 72 : 24 Steel tippling trucks, 1 cubic yard capacity, with 24 ingauge axles and steel flanged wheels
Lot 73 : Fordson Tractor, incomplete [no indication that this mightbe a rail vehicle]
Lot 74 : Fordson Tractor, incomplete [no indication that this mightbe a rail vehicle]
Lot 75 : 2 steel end flap trucks, with 24 in gauge flanged wheels.
in Melbourne and have had an interest in narrow gauge railways -
more recently at 1:48 since I started modelling them.
tramway at the kiln area. Rails and wheels and part of a right of
lower Peninsula area without any joy. If anyone has any information
as to their existence I would appreciate it. All I have found is
ocean beach and which was for passengers.
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