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Rivoli Bay


Zone 54
Map 6923
E 412800 - N 5850400
Rivoli Bay is located in the south east of the State. A prominent hill known recently as ëWhalersí lookout was used as the fisheryís observation post. The station was located between Beachport and Glennís Point.


The station was established by William Dutton and the Henty family in the 1830ís. The station survived until the 1840s. In 1844 Angas wrote of the colourful whalemen. The Border Watch dated 1884 refers to the Beachport whaling station as a "...local whale fishing establishment is still hard at work cutting up and packing in large pipes the whale captured last Monday." It is suggested that the station in operation during the 1884 was not the same as the station in 1844, it is more likely an attempt of a revival of the old whaling stations was taking place.


No evidence remains of the old whaling stations employed during the 840s and the 1880s remains visible today. No archaeological work has taken place as far.


Kostoglou, P. and McCarthy, J. 1991. Whaling and Sealing Sites in South Australia, Australian Institute for Maritime Archaeology, Special Publication No:6, p46.

The Border Watch, 1844

By Rebecca O'Reilly

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