Princes Pier

Opened in 1915, New Railway Pier (Princes Pier) was able to accommodate the largest of steamers and mail ships. New Railway Pier was renamed Princes Pier in 1921 following the arrival in 1920 of the HMS Renown carrying H.R.H. Edward VIII, Prince of Wales. Over many decades, this pier has played a critical role in commerce, wartime embarkation and migration. With the advent of modern commercial air travel, arrivals to Princes Pier gradually declined from the 1970s. Closed in 1989, Princes Pier has been disused until its recent refurbishment. The redeveloped Princes Pier was launched as a public space in December 2011. The history of the pier has been encapsulated by Rebecca Tripp, Cultural Heritage intern, Deakin University (2011-2012). 

 


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