Possibly depicts the paddlesteamer Melbourne, built at Echuca in 1865 for the Victorian Government using imported components. It was the second of three vessels with this name to operate on the Murray River and was unusual in being one of the few stern-wheelers on the Murray-Darling River system. The PS Melbourne operated as a snagger and works vessel both along the Murray and on smaller tributaries such as the Goulburn and Lachlan Rivers. After over 50 years service its engines and boiler were removed and the Melbourne was converted into a barge.

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Unidentified stern-wheel paddlesteamer tied up at the bank of the Lachlan River. It is believed that the photograph shows the Victorian Government workboat the PS Melbourne.

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