Wednesday, 19 November 2014


Fairfield boathouse was established in 1908 by John St Clair as a picnic, camping and refreshment room area. John St Clair was a piano tuner from Smith street Fitzroy, with a vision. He firstly wrote a letter to the Premier suggesting that he open a refreshment room and boat shed area, with motor boats at Fairfield Park.

In 1985 the boathouse was restored and reopened. The derelict building had recently housed squatters and possums. The project took 30,000 hours of restoration work. Meticulous work and an eye for detail was required for rebuilding. Even the gardens have been restored to encourage native birds.

This post is part of the Waterworld Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Wild Bird Wednesday meme.


  1. Beautiful river scenes!
    Hope you are having a great day!

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  3. Sorry to delete...messed up the first comment so will try it again...
    I love all your beautiful photos...especially the boat with the bird.

  4. Beautiful place to hang out with family.

    Thank you for joining Water World Wednesday

  5. A wonderfully peaceful collection Nick. Hardly a soul to be seen.

  6. Fairfield boathouse is in such a perfect position, I don't know why it was left to fall into a derelict state. Did people not want to spend their summer weekend afternoons there? Thank goodness it was restored


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