Fisherman's Bend canal

Join this Vicfix campaign to excavate mistakes in articles about Fisherman's Bend canal

Vicfix is improving the searchability of digitised newspaper articles and making the hidden details of Victoria's rich history available for everyone.

About Fisherman's Bend canal

Fisherman's Bend canal, designed as a nautical shortcut between the bay and the docks, was dug in low-lying wetlands at the convergence of the Yarra and Maribyrnong rivers. The mile-long 'cut' in the Yarra devised by engineer Sir John Coode was hailed at the time as an engineering marvel and a boon to Victorian trade.

Historic newspaper articles from the 1880s described the feat of engineering required to create the canal, including the excavation of 1.2 million cubic yards of earth; noted the canal's formal opening in 1887; published letters to the editor debating Coode's plan; and reported on the incidental conversion of Fisherman's Bend into an island, known as Coode Island.

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The ship canal across Fisherman's Bend, wood engraving by FA Sleap, published by David Syme and Co, 1886

Fisherman's Bend canal

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