The financial performance of the Fremantle Harbour Trust, 1903 to 1939
Tull, M. (1988) The financial performance of the Fremantle Harbour Trust, 1903 to 1939. Australian Economic History Review, 28 (1). pp. 21-42.
Examines the financial performance of the Fremantle Harbour Trust (FHT) between 1903 and 1939. The FHT became the central administrative authority for the Port of Fremantle from 1 January 1903. It was created to provide a sound system of administration for Fremantle's Inner Harbour which was officially opened on 4 May 1897. The control of the FHT was vested in five part-time Commissioners, who declared that their aim was "to cheapen the port and to provide efficient and rapid services'. However, the port was such an apparent financial success that shipowners complained that the government was using it as a "taxing machine'. In effect, the government was accused of exploiting the port's monopoly powers to provide a source of revenue.
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