Kerferd Pier III
Kerferd Pier III
The Kerferd Road Pier, also known as Albert Park, is a timber construction. It is a wide jetty formed of timber pylons supporting timber cross members. The balustrade and decking are also of timber. Part of the decked area has since been asphalted. The Pier off Kerferd Road, Albert Park, is of historical and architectural significance to the State of Victoria. The Pier off Kerferd Road, Albert Park, is of historical significance for its role in the development of the foreshore as a fashionable seaside resort, and in the growth of sea-bathing as a popular recreational activity. Along with two extant Edwardian beach shelters, the Pier at Albert Park is the last surviving vestige of the extensive infrastructure associated with the swimming baths and beachfront recreation along this part of the foreshore. It remains an important local landmark.
The Kerferd Road Pier, Albert Park, is of historical and architectural significance as a rare example of a substantially intact nineteenth-century pier in Port Phillip Bay. It retains important elements of its original construction. The main road arterial is Kerferd Road, a wide boulevard lined with elm trees and a central reservation, which connects from South Melbourne's Albert Road. Pickles Street, Victoria Avenue and Mills Street are the main roads running west and east toward South Melbourne. Kerferd Kiosk, an iconic Edwardian bathing pavilion and Kerferd Pier, which terminates Kerferd Road and is a jetty onto Port Phillip, used for fishing by many and sharks have occasionally been found around it.
The pier is of considerable historical importance as a substantial surviving jetty structure of the late 19th century. The pier was constructed when Beaconsfield Parade was a developing resort area and is integrally associated with the leisure and sea bathing activities established on the Albert Park-South Melbourne beachfront at the hight of bayside suburban development in the 1880's. The pier continues to function in its traditional role.