Embracing our history at the Port

South Australia’s oldest working port is being celebrated in a new publication Embracing the History, which chronicles the rich maritime history of Port Adelaide and Inner Harbour.

The online publication is the culmination of an extensive cultural mapping and survey project that was initiated by the State Government in 2007 to document Port Adelaide’s social, economic and built heritage.

State Member for Port Adelaide, Susan Close, says Embracing the History is an important record which recalls both the structural history and shared memories of Port Adelaide’s industrial waterfront.

“This valuable project provides a snapshot of the Inner Harbour since the arrival of European settlers in 1836, depicting life on the docks through the eyes of workers, residents and industry”, she said.

“Through undertaking cultural mapping projects like this one, we can encourage communities to recognise, celebrate and support our diverse and rich history as a foundation for our shared future”, she said.

Embracing the History was made possible through collaboration with the Port Adelaide Cultural Mapping Steering Group, Port Adelaide National Trust, Port Adelaide Historical Society, SA Maritime Museum, Port Adelaide Enfield Council and Renewal SA on behalf of the Port Adelaide Renewal Project.

The full Cultural Mapping report and ‘Embracing the History’ are available for download and online viewing here.