Series S2357 - FILES - GENERAL

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AU WA S2357




  • 1880-01-01 - 1983-12-31 (Creation)

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AU WA A10 - DEPARTMENT OF MARINE AND HARBOURS (1982-03-01 - 1993-01-01)

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The Department was responsible for the co-ordination, management and promotion of marine and maritime resources in the State of Western Australia in accordance with Government policies and directions, in the interests of commerce and recreation for the benefit of the community.

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AU WA A11 - HARBOUR AND LIGHT DEPARTMENT (1880-01-01 - 1982-03-01)

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The Harbour and Light Department was constituted in 1880 under the Chief Harbour Master, Fremantle. The Department was responsible for control of all maritime matters, including lighthouses and other navigation aids and the administration of the shipping and pilotage legislation. The Department controlled the ports of Albany, Vasse (Busselton), Bunbury, Geraldton, Port Irwin and Cossack and it operated lighthouses at Bunbury, Bluff Leading Light, Breaksea Island, Cossack, Fremantle, Point Moore, Port Irwin, Point King, Rottnest Island and Vasse. The Department passed control of Fremantle Port to the Fremantle Harbour Trust in 1903 and to Bunbury and Albany soon afterwards. Control of lighthouses was passed to the Commonwealth in 1915.

Following the passing of the Marine and Harbours Act 1981, the name of the Harbour and Light Department was changed to that of the Department of Marine and Harbours in 1982.

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This is the main file series created by the Harbour and Lights Department. The files deal with such matters as harbour works, beacons, buoys, jetties and wrecks and damage to vessels.


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1880-01-01 -

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1901-01-01 -

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Range Control Symbol = 1951/421-1987/440

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