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Friday, January 08, 2010

Flinders and the Jetty

On Thursday January 7, 2009, I went down to the Flinders Coast, 80 km south of Melbourne, on Westernport Bay.

After exploring the spectacular Blow Hole rock formation a few km west of Flinders village, I visited the Flinders Foreshore and went out to the end of the Jetty.

There was plenty of boating and beach action!

Almost 58 years to the day, on January 12 1952, I first visited Flinders, on an excursion arranged by the YMCA at Camp Buxton at nearby Shoreham.

We walked from Shoreham along the beach to Flinders village, and were taken back to the camp by bus.

See all of the Photos of my 2010 visit, which includes two recolorized pictures which I took on my Box Brownie on the 1952 trip!.

They show the Matthew Flinders Memorial and a view of the Jetty.

Interestingly, the Memorial looks much the same as it did 58 years ago - the boys in the vintage 1952 picture (at top) are two of my mates with whom I shared a tent at Camp Buxton.

The 1952 view of the Jetty shows that there has been extensive residential development to the east. Look closely and you'll see the boat launching ramp at the left of the picture, still there in 2010! There were very few moored boats there in 1952, as compared with 2010!

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