In 1934, Burnie was described as follows:
Burnie is chief centre of the largest municipality on the Northwest Coast. Its population is 3,390 and it is the port for the shortest passenger service to the mainland. The voyage to Melbourne is only 215 miles and the time taken is 14 hours. Irrespective of tides, the largest ships in Australia can berth at Burnie day or night. The scenic wonders of the West and Northwest Coast are reached from Burnie and it serves as the outlet port for the mineral and agricultural produce of those parts of the State.
The town is made the more picturesque by the splendid Hilder drive and many beautiful parks. Its beaches provide surfing for visitors from other parts of Australia. Burnie is certainly an angler's paradise as fly fishing is abundant within easy journey and deep sea fishing provides great sport in the bay.
Burnie is the scene of an annual Australian sporting event of great importance. On New Year's Day the famous Burnie Gift and Burnie Wheel Race are conducted, as well as band contests which attract entries from the other States.
Today Burnie's population exceeds 20,000 and is still the scene of the annual sporting event, the Burnie Gift, now considered as one of the longest running, continuous sporting event in the world. First run in 1885, it is one of the big three professional Gifts in Australia along with Victoria's Stawell Gift and South Australia's Bay Sheffield.
The following are some of the images published in the Weekly Courier in 1919. The rest will follow in Part 2 next week.
Regatta Day at Burnie (photographer H J King)
A section of Burnie showing the breakwater (photographer H J King)
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