Walsh Island Dockyard and Engineering Works

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Walsh Island Dockyard and Engineering Works
Industry Ship building
Fate Closed
Founded 1913
Founder Government of New South Wales
Defunct 1933
Headquarters Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Owner Government of New South Wales

The Walsh Island Dockyard and Engineering Works was a dockyard and engineering workshop established by the Government of New South Wales in 1913, at Walsh Island, Newcastle, Australia.[1] The foundation stone was laid on 15 June 1913 by Arthur Griffith, the Minister for Works.[1] The dockyard was constructed as a replacement for Sydney’s Cockatoo Island Dockyard, that was taken over by the Federal Government in 1913.

Forty-seven vessels were constructed at the dockyard, including a 15,000-ton floating dock.[2] The engineering works fabricated bolts, castings and steel fabrication work. It assembled electric carriages for the New South Wales Government Railways as well as trams. The dockyard was eventually abandoned in 1933 after the great depression and was dismantled and relocated to the new State Dockyard at Dyke End, Carrington.[3]

Ships built at Walsh Island Dockyard[edit]

Products of engineering works[edit]


  1. ^ a b "New State Works. Bright Outlook for the Future". Sydney Morning Herald. 16 June 1913. p. 10. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Wash Island Fleet List Newcastle Industrial Heritage Association
  3. ^ History: The old Red Rattlers live on Newcastle Herald 12 September 2014
  4. ^ SS Kooroongabba Ferries of Sydney
  5. ^ SS Kuttabul Ferries of Sydney
  6. ^ SS Koompartoo Ferries of Sydney
  7. ^ Walsh Island Dock Launching Ceremony Sydney Morning Herald 21 December 1929