Forgive me saying it, but a most confusing 2 1/2 page text indeed. ) tells us that Peter Austin (1) took over, in 1833, the shipbuilding yard of the Allison family, who were in the shipbuilding business in Sunderland from 1818 to 1833. And where is 'the site now occupied by the Company' - the word 'now' presumably meaning 1846. In 1869 they built their last wooden ship, "The Choice", and the yard changed over to iron shipbuilding. In 1888, the vessel was hulked (which is this case means converted to a lighter), at Melbourne, & became 243 tons only. Name changed to Birchgrove - earlier than 1910, but was it truly so? Nicholas, of Ballarat (near Melbourne), as the then owner of the 219 ton Birch Grove.
Those words are from 2 1/2 pages about the yard in 'Where Ships Are Born'. If you can help me figure this all out, do please be in touch. Samuel Peter Austin may be the son of Peter Austin (2) (to be third generation) but if that is so it should have been 'P. 2009, though I understand that the dock gates, in considerable decay, were removed in the mid 1970s.
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