2011 Centenary year of the PS Industry
The Paddle Steamer Industry was built at Goolwa by the State Government and commissioned in 1911 as a workboat for the SA
Engineering and Water Supply Department. It was designed specifically to remove snags from the river, clearing the passage
for other river steamers and to drive piles where needed. The Industry was later used in the construction and maintenance of the locks and weirs.
When Renmark was threatened by the highest water levels ever recorded along the Murray during the 1956 Flood, the Industry stood by with steam up, ready to evacuate those who remained during those critical days of the flood when a total evacuation appeared imminent.
The PS Industry was retired in 1969 and replaced by the steel work boat 'Maratala', which is the aboriginal name for 'industry'.
The Paddle Steamer was given to the town of Renmark in 1970, where it became a floating static museum along the Renmark riverfront. A move was made by a local committee to investigate the feasibility of restoring the vessel to steam working order. The Renmark Apex Club succeeded them and engaged an Echuca shipwright to assess its restoration.
Another shipwright was engaged, and with the help of volunteers, the 'Industry' was restored and featured in the film, 'River Kings' in 1990. The Friends of the Industry was formed, and the members continue to maintain the vessel, raise funds, and supervise the steaming days. Their work is priceless. With Government funding secured in 1994, what followed was
almost a year of hard work by volunteers to bring the vessel to survey standard, which was integral to its operation as a passenger vessel.
In 1995, the PS Industry was recommissioned as a historic passenger type vessel with financial commitments being met by running cruises and taking charters. Thanks to the ongoing efforts of the tireless volunteers and community sponsors, the PS Industry will continue to be enjoyed by many more generations of visitors to Renmark.
Steaming on regular intervals throughout the year, the general public can now experience the ambience of the Murray River and the atmosphere of a bygone era onboard the Industry.
Our Proud History