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With the discovery of gold in 1851, Melbourne soon became a major entry point to Australia.
By the end of the year and the following year, the demand for passage to Australia rose considerably.
The Port Phillip district of New South Wales was declared a separate colony and named Victoria, on 1 July 1851. Wrecked at Tarwin, Gippsland coast, 8 December 1934. [LG],[ASR - 28 tons, wrecked Cape Liptrap, 30 November 1934],[LV] Ada. Disappeared from Australian Shipping Register after 1915.
Melbourne grew into a vibrant metropolis, and trade between Melbourne and Sydney prospered. Sailed from Sydney 11 December 1809, for New Zealand sealing grounds, landing a aprty of sealers on the west coast.
This is surprising low as the coastline is magnificent in its ruggedness, a fact not lost on the tourist operators who promote Victoria's Shipwreck Coast.
For the purposes of this listing, which includes over a thousand entries, Port Phillip and its entrance, the Rip, has been separated, as has Gabo Island to the far east of the state.
[ASR],[LG],[LPA - built 1865],[LPW - 19 tons],[LV] In 1869, stranded at Lakes Entrance, Gippsland coast; apparently salvaged and returned to service.
Lewis [IL], Nayler [NSC, NWR], Denmead [DD], and Stone [DA] provide excellent material on the wrecksites.
In June 1912, towed free the stranded steamer Leura in Lady Bay, Warrnambool.
Left Sydney on a cruise to Melbourne, and was returning in thick weather when she ran on to Beware Reef off Point Hicks, eastern Victoria, 1 September 1926.
Noted shipwreck historian Jack Loney lived on the west coast and later at Portarlington in Port Phillip, and most of his work was on the wrecks off the Victorian coast: three main publications are used as a base here, [LV], [LG], [LO], with several other monographs on individual wrecks and regions.
Noble [NH], and Bateson [AS1] contribute significantly to the historic record.