Photographer's Note

I visted the suburban beachside area of Brighton yesterday. I was a glorious Autumn day yet again and as the night progress the temperature dropped but it was still very pleasant. The old jetty had more character in my opinion but I like the old and rustic stuff.

Brighton Jetty.

Brighton’s first jetty was built between 1st October1885 and 30th April1886. A Richard Honey had won the tender to build the jetty. It was all timber and was 206m long and 4.2m wide. It was 3.5m above sea level.

A storm in 1915 caused some structural damage to the jetty. Further storms damaged the jetty, including the years of 1928 and 1948. Another great storm on 24th and 25th May 1994 caused more damage to it. Strong winds of about 100kph created high swells and powerful waves. Some waves were up to 5m high. They loosened some jetty piles beyond repair. Rising waves pounded the jetty’s sleepers and cross-boards. Some piles were smashed by waves. Two of the jetty’s bays were destroyed. A 5m-deck section was washed away and another large area of deck was lifted. A part of the northern side of the jetty collapsed and the jetty started to break up. It then had to be closed to the public.

One year later more storms added further damage to the jetty. There were winds of 120kph in May 1995 and two similar storms in July 1995 (100kph on 13th July and 128kph on 30th July). A new $2m reinforced concrete jetty had to be built on the same site. Built by York Civil, it was completed in 1996. This new jetty is 209m long and 4.9m wide. It is 4.85m above sea level. It has an octagonal-shaped centerpiece and a T-shaped end. It also has a larger-size shore end connection and there is a high telecommunications tower on the seaward end of the jetty. A ceremony was held on 1st June 1996 to mark the initial completion of the jetty. It was a cold, wet day but some 400 people were present for the ceremony. Following the completion of the tower and beautification works by the Brighton Council, a special “opening ceremony” was held in October 1996.


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