Emu Bay Jetty

"Emu Bay was proclaimed as the town of Maxwell in December 1882, with the present name being adopted on 20 February 1941."

1918 a new timber 109 metre jetty was constructed and opened. Also serviced Smith Bay to the west. Fresh water well on the beach.

1960 shortened to 98 metres x 2.5 metres.

2001 extended to 122.5 metres, redecked, handrails and boarding steps installed.

Collins, N. 2000. The Jetties of South Australia - Past and Present. p.212

This jetty stretches out over the tranquil water of Emu Bay with the sand dunes of the far coast seen in the distance. In the foreground there are a pair of wrought iron gates. [On back of photograph] 'Emu Bay Jetty, Kangaroo Island / Presented by proprietors of News and Mail'. c.1936.

State Library SA. B 9510.
State Library SA PRG 280/1/18/223 1919

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Wednesday 4 October 1911, page 12


On Tuesday morning the members of the District of Alexandra waited on the Commissioner of Public Works, and presented a petition signed by 32 residents, of Wisanger and Emu Bay, Kangaroo Island, drawing attention to the unsuitable shipping facilities at Emu Bay, and asking that the old jetty at Kingscote be removed to that place. It was stated that during last year 4,000 bags of grain were shipped from Emu Bay, in addition to quanttities of wood, wool, skin, and other smaller items. The imports during the year included 73 tons of superphosphates. If the jetty were erected at Emu Bay, the amount of produce shipped would no doubt be considerably increased. The Commissioner promised to consider the request.

DEPUTATIONS. (1911, October 4). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), p. 12. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5320081
Emu Bay Jetty. (1918, August 24). The Kangaroo Island Courier (Kingscote, SA : 1907 - 1951), p. 3. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article189509997


Amongst the greatest trials of the agriculturist on Kangaroo Island is the difficulty in transporting produce to market. The farmers at Emu Bay have long suffered under this disadvantage, as they had a long, rough road to travel before they could put their produce, principally barley, on shipboard. This inconvenience has been removed, as the Harbors Board have constructed a jetty which will enable ketches to load without difficulty. The jetty was officially opened for traffic on September 22 by Mr. V. H. F. Cooke, chairman of the Kingscote District Council, in the absence of the Minister of Marine, who was prevented by official duties, from being present. Mr. E. Hall, a resident of the district, has been appointed harbormaster.

Express and Telegraph (Adelaide, SA : 1867 - 1922), Friday 20 September 1918, page 1