Story: Ports and harbours

Dunedin’s first jetty

Dunedin’s first jetty

Varying dates have been ascribed to this photo of Dunedin’s jetty in the 1850s, but what is certain is that the shallow mudflats hindered the movement of people and goods. Early Dunedin spent a fortune demolishing Bell Hill (from where this photo was taken) to reclaim the bay out to deeper water.

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Gavin McLean, 'Ports and harbours - Beachheads and beginnings', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 April 2023)

Story by Gavin McLean, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 30 Jul 2015