In Derby we visited the Wharfinger’s House Museum.
The Wharfinger is the person who owns or has control of the Wharf. This is an example of prefabricated wooden housing of the 1920s and 1930s. There are three sections of this museum: shipping, communication and aviation. This canoe from Sunday Island is great.
Makes us want to go for a canoe ride. Oh no! This is a dentist’s drill?
Makes the Colorado Traveling Ducks glad they do not have people teeth. Walking around Derby we found the Old Derby Gaol. The Old Derby Gaol is located next to the current police station.
This original prison, or gaol, was often overcrowded and without proper sanitation facilities. Many prisoners were chained to the floor to prevent movement and escape.
The signs in this area say that most of the prisoners were aboriginals.
Near the wharf we saw the Old Derby Woolshed and the Derby Historic Tramway Project.
The old equipment from the tramway was real interesting.
The tides at the jetty vary greatly. These tides are Australia’s highest, with tidal variations being as much as 11 meters. These photos are near low tide.
These photos are near high tide.
The jetty is also a great place to watch the sunset.
We love sunsets! We enjoyed our visit to Derby, Australia. We think you would enjoy Derby also, but go during the winter if you can. Summer brings rain and flooding during The Wet.