Polly Woodside

Polly Woodside was launched in 1885 in Belfast, Ireland. The owner was William Woodside, a Belfast ship owner, the ship was named after his wife who  was affectionately known as ” Polly”.

Between 1885 and 1904 the ship made 17 trips to several destinations all over the  world, including South Africa  the US, and Australia, and rounded the  Cape Horn 16 times, which was a feat in its self .

 She was sold to a New Zealand firm in  1904 and renamed Rona and sailed mainly between   Australia and New Zealand. Eventually moved to Melbourne to be used as a coal lighter.

In 1943 the Rona was temporarily requisitioned by the Royal Australian Navy and towed to New Guinea waters for use as a refueling barge for naval ships.

The ship was returned to Melbourne after  the Second World War, and for the next 20 years was used for supplying coal to other ships.

The ship, now in dry dock in Melbourne, lovingly restored and open to the public as a  museum

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Corinella – settled in 1826, was the birthplace of Victoria.  – A town in Victoria’s Gippsland region,  a large rural district, which begins on the Bass Highway then continues round the coast line from Queens Ferry road.  The Coastal views are amazing, the township is often overlooked as people just head on down to  Phillip Island looking for a coastal haven and don’t realize they have just driven past  this fantastic little coastal town in the Western Port region.

Below the French Island barge transports vehicles form French Island to the Corinella port, here  a visitor drives of the barge or does he ?









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Tenby Point

Out and about with fellow photographers  Caroline Gorka and Jim Worrell.  A shoot that included Grantville, Tenby Point and Corinella. Most of these shots were achieved using a ND 400 for most of the time and occasionally using an ND8 as well on some shots.

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Flinders, Mornington Peninsula

About an hour and a half from Melbourne, Flinders is located on  the  Mornington Peninsula,  looking out over  Western Port Bay.  It offers a rugged coastline of cliffs and ocean beaches which look out on to   Bass Strait. Some excellent photographic opportunity’s to be had there, including some wildlife ,seabirds in particular.

Flinders is  a popular  holiday destination due to its scenic coastal location. They have managed  to preserve the area’s natural beauty and scenic views. There are a  number of historical buildings that exist within the town,  along with  several antique shops, the Flinders Fine Art Gallery and the popular Flinders Bakehouse Cafe.

The pier pictured below is a bit over a hundred meters long and a popular fishing spot so watch out for the fishing lines. There are plans now to redevelop this pier and the construction of the new pier has already begun along side the old one

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Street photography Melbourne

Street photography is one of my favorite genres here are some of my favorites that have been taken over the last two or three years.

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Black and White Plant photography

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