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AU WA S4044




  • 1833-12-31 - (Creation)
  • 1833-12-31 - 1984-03-30 (Accumulation)

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AU WA A757 - HARBOUR MASTER - FREMANTLE (1829-08-01 - 1880-01-01)

Administrative history

A Harbour Master, Fremantle was first appointed in August 1829 to be responsible for pilotage and light services at the port of Fremantle. With the creation of the Harbour and Light Department in 1880, responsibility for these functions at Fremantle and some other ports was passed to that Department.

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

Administrative history

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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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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Shipping registers for all vessels arriving at the port of Fremantle. The registers record the date of the vessel's arrival, the name of the vessel, the vessel's tonnage, from where the vessel departed, to where the vessel is bound, services rendered by the port, the vessel's draft, port charges applicable and the vessel's date of departure.

Earlier registers record additional information such as the name of the vessel's master, the owner' of the vessel's address (city), the number of crew and passengers on board the vessel and the nature of the vessel's cargo.

(Registers in this Record Series were previously listed at the State Records Office at reference: AN 16/6; Accession 1076).


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Microfiche indexes to vessels arriving into the port of Fremantle for the period 1829-1890 are available at the State Records Office Search Room.

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Copies: Microfilm copies of items 1- 4 (1833-1905) are available for viewing at the State Records Office Search Room.

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