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The development of port administration in Australia: the case of Fremantle, 1903-1939

Tull, M. (1989) The development of port administration in Australia: the case of Fremantle, 1903-1939. Journal of Transport History, 10 (1). pp. 41-58.

Abstract

Traces the evolution of formal port administration at Fremantle. The beginning of modern harbour management and control can be traced back to Britain in 1857, when the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board was formed. Subsequently, similar forms of organisation developed throughout the British Empire. The Fremantle Harbour Trust Act was largely based on the Sydney Harbour Trust Act, 1901 and a New Zealand Act of 1878. Throughout Australia, a great variety of port authorities has evolved with varying powers and systems of control, reflecting the impact of a multitude of factors, including geography, the nature of the hinterland, the type and volumes of cargoes, and national and state politics. The Fremantle Harbour Trust is of special interest as it has acquired the power to engage in profitable cargo-handling operations, a task left to private enterprise at other ports.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Manchester University Press
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/32301
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