Ship Heritage Restoration Finally Completed

Ship Heritage Restoration Finally Completed

Victoria Minister for Tourism & Major Events Louise Asher

Newly-Restored Polly Woodside Open To Visitors

Victor P Taffa

Melbourne’s Iconic Polly Woodside has been lovingly restored, and is reopening as the flagship of Melbourne’s Maritime Precinct, Tourism and Major Events Minister Louise Asher announced today.

Minister Asher said the $3.6 Million investment by the National Trust of Australia, supported by the Victorian Government’s $8.5 Million commitment to refurbish the surrounding Duke’s & Orr’s Dry Dock, means the ship now opens with an impressive new interpretation centre and programmes that will enhance its iconic value.

“This is an excellent new tourist attraction for the South Wharf area and the precinct around the new Melbourne Convention Centre.” Ms. Asher said.

“Polly Woodside forms a rich part of Melbourne’s maritime history and the recent restorations will ensure locals and visitors can experience the legacy of this three mast ship for generations to come.”

“The new attraction is a boost for our economy and for tourism, delivering more local jobs and encouraging more visitors to South Wharf and our unique maritime precinct.”

One of the centrepieces of the investment is Polly Woodside’s new interpretation centre, housed in a heritage building behind the ship, containing a state of the art interactive gallery and theatre.

The Centre will take visitors on a journey through Polly Woodside’s 140 year history and allow visitors to gain a fascinating insight into life onboard the ship through a range of hands-on activities.

“This new, fresh and exciting interactive experience will engage visitors from all walks of life and ages, including visitors who would not normally choose a gallery to visit while in Melbourne.” Ms. Asher said.

Polly Woodside has been closed to the public for the past five years and with the new restoration is expected to attract around 100,000 visitors per year.

Built in 1885, the Polly Woodside is one of the world’s most significant tall ships and one of the few deepwater tall sailing ships remaining in the world.

She was “sold” for one cent to the National Trust in 1968 and has been restored with assistance from National Trust Volunteers.

This new attraction is now open to the public daily between 9.30 am and 5 pm at a cost of $15 for adults and $8 for children.