1951–1980: Modernity

As Australia began a modern development boom following the Second World War, Walsh Bay’s wharves became gradually obsolete. They could still host some passenger ships but not giant modern container ships or cruise ships—and aeroplanes became the preferred (and gradually more affordable) mode of international travel and goods freight from the 1960s onwards. The NSW Government’s minimised its building maintenance program and eventually locked up all the wharves and warehouses.