- introduction
- role & relevance
- history
- grand churches
- st kilda
- ship enterprize
- melbourne tram system
- puffing billy
- general cemetary
- - intro
- - stroll 1
- - stroll 2
- grand organ







swan hill







- intro
- ships and boat tours
- history
- landscapes
- port arthur
- hobart
- launceston
- queenstown
- bridges

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Sale coat of arms

<> Intro

This special little city is not known to most people. If they see a picture from it, that may be the cute tower, which has a large clock.

And by the way, if one searches "Sale" on the internet, all sorts of topics will come op which have nothing to do with Sale - because "sale" is a trading activity!

Sale clock tower

In 1877 Sale was connected to the railway system of Victoria. Below is a passenger train from 1970, and the modern train for the regular connection with Melbourne which I used for my recent trip to Sale, in Dec 2022.

Sale train leaving Melbourne Sale train

<> Location

The city of Sale is located in Gippsland, a region of Australian's state Victoria, about 200 km east of Melbourne. Its population is 16000.

Near Sale two rivers meet, the river Latrobe and the river Thomson. Sale is about 50 km north of the ocean.

Sale Melbourne map

The second map, below, shows the centre of Sale, which is located south-east of the railway station.

Sale city center map

<> History of Sale

In the area of Sale and its rivers Aboriginal tribes have lived for a long time, calling it "Wayput".

Sale aboriginal

In 1844 the first white settler arrived there, Archibald McIntosh. He named his property, located in a harsh marsh area, "Flooding Creek".
Nearby in 1848 a post office was installed.
Then the first town plots went on sale in 1850, and in 1851 the new town was finally named "Sale" - after the British general Robert Sale or after his wife, the author Florentia Sale.

The first houses built in Sale were very plain, like this one.

Sale aboriginal

Not surprisingly, and just in Australian style, pubs were the largest building, like the Criterion Hotel, erected in 1856.

Criterion hotel

In Sale's early days there were no cars - transport was done with a wagon drawn by horses, usually several ones.

Sale early transport

Below are two pictures of Sale's central street, 1898 and 1946.

Sale main street Sale main street

The new English settlers were mostly brutal towards the Aboriginal people. But eventually these were to some degree accepted and could even go to a school in Sale.

Sale group of people

Meanwhile the population is widened, about 20% are people from 'non-English' countries in Europe and Asia.

<> Gippsland Art Gallery

Well, Sale's main art gallery is a surprise - a mighty facility full of stunning art, both paintings and sculptures.

Sale Gippsland art gallery

Here are two exceptional pieces:

Sale Gippsland art gallery

Sale Gippsland art gallery

<> Wedge Theatre Concert

Further surprise - there is a stunning theatre in Sale!

Sale the Wedge building

The program is rich. This is the performance which I visited.

Sale the Wedge concert

<> Music Shop

On my way to the Wedge Theatre I noticed a Music shop. It had an enormous range of guitars on offer, including many ukuleles.

One looked like a wrong one - but wasn't! It is designed like a skull, and it reflects light.

Sale ukulele skull design

I couldn't resist to buy it - - as a gift for a friend who plays, and also collect guitars.

<> Boat Tour

In Sale's early years, from 1885 onwards, canals were built through marsh areas, in order to connect rivers and lakes, and finally get access to the ocean.

At that time reasonably large steamships could reach Sale.

Sale arriving steamship

All this did not last long. Today just one boat is left, the Rubeena, which is used for tours.

Sale boat Rubeena

Sale boat Rubeena

The remaining canals - full of birds - get visited, and an old bridge as well.

Sale birds in canal

<> Historic Swing Bridge

In 1883 a bridge across the largest river near Sale, the Latrobe river, was built. It is 45 m long.

What is unique: The bridge can fully swing!
This allowed the steamships between Sale and Melbourne to pass.

Yet this transport means has ended decades ago, replaced by the railway connection.

Sale swing bridge

The second picture shows the bridge's central sector where its movement is executed.

Sale swing bridge

The bridge is listed as an Engineering Heritage National Landmark.
And actually - this the only swinging bridge in the word which still exists - -
and it even works!
Because of its uniqueness a lot of people visit this bridge, and once a day at 12:00 it gets fully moved to demonstrate its technology, which is still the original one from 1883.


To sum up: The 'small' city Sale is full of impressive features, thus certainly worth a visit.

Sale clock tower

Endline design with camera