National Heritage Assessment
Australian Heritage Council
The names of individual assessors and nominators have been removed for privacy reasons
About this assessment
Echuca Wharf changed the course of Australia's economic history. The construction of the wharf and railway at Echuca in the late 1860s enabled goods to be moved more quickly and cheaply from the Riverina and western NSW to Melbourne and Adelaide. As the pastoral districts thrived, river trade grew, and the wharf expanded until the Port of Echuca became the pre-eminent port for trade on the Murray River. By the 1880's it was Victoria’s second largest port, helping Melbourne to overtake Sydney and become Australia’s economic capital. The AHC found the massive red gum wharf, in its relatively undisturbed setting, evidence of the importance of Echuca as a trading port.
The Council's final assessment report as given to the Minister is attached.
In some cases the Minister will have made amendments to such matters as boundaries, values and descriptions, before listing the place. For final listing data visit the Australian Heritage Database or the National Heritage Listing for the Echuca Wharf .
The names of individual assessors and nominators have been removed for privacy reasons.