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YARRA RIVER DIVERSION: The straightening and widening of the Yarra river between the City and Richmond, between 1896 and 1900. The aim of the diversion was to eliminate a sharp S-bend in the Yarra River which would've alleviated flooding upstream and provided a smooth flow of water downstream. The top photo, taken in 1898 shows the original course of the river and the construction of the new channel. The bottom photo was taken in 1917 Photos: State Library of Victoria
PH 60333. Looking towards Toorak from the Yarra at the Twickenham Ferry, c.1910. The Twickenham Ferry operated across the Yarra River close to where MacRobertson bridge on Grange Road now stands. This view is taken looking south from the Richmond side of the river.