- 1902-12-09 - (Creation)
- 1902-12-09 - 1964-02-28 (Accumulation)
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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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These registers record births and deaths at sea.
For the recording of deaths at sea, the registers document the following information: date reported, name of vessel, name of deceased, their nationality, their residential locality, whether the deceased was a crew member (and if so, their position) or a passenger, the cause of death, remarks (i.e. Registrar General's Department advised) and the date and locality at the time of death (e.g. at sea, at or near port, etc). Many of the recordings of deaths relate to pearl divers off the North-West coast.
For the recording of births at sea, the registers document the following information: date reported, name of vessel, name of child, their gender, name and nationality of father and mother, date and place of child's birth, remarks (i.e. Registrar General's Department advised).
(The registers in this Record Series include records that were previously listed at the State Records Office at reference: AN 16/3; Accession 1056 and AN 16/8; Accession 1316).