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Harbour Trust building

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Built in 1893, this was the office on Arthur Head of the Supervising Engineer of Public Works - C.Y. O'Connor - and also his family dwelling. After 1904 the whole thing was moved a few hundred metres, and became the location of the Fremantle Harbour Trust (which later became the Port Authority, etc.) in Cliff St (near where the Fremantle Ports building is now) and was used by the Trust until 1962 when the building was demolished. This (cropped) photo c. 1900 was taken by A. Pickering, Battye 3542/b/35. The Fremantle History Centre has a c. 1904 photo (#603) taken of the same scene from the same elevation, but in worse condition. The latter is (poorly) reproduced in Neville: 121.

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FHC photo #4072 (cropped) 1896. The wooden offices of the Harbour Works (seen from the South Mole) were used as offices and residence by the Public Works Department supervising engineer during the construction of Fremantle Harbour. In February 1904, the building (40 m x 24 m) was moved to Cliff Street and became the offices of the Fremantle Harbour Trust. It was demolished in 1962. Taken 26 November 1896.

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Moving the building. Battye 862B.

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The FHC photo put this photo in Facebook 28 August 2017. I have been unable to find it by searching the catalog. It shows what is now (after 1904) the Fremantle Harbour Trust building, 'in' Cliff St, where the present Fremantle Ports building (1963) now stands. The Dalgety building is visible in the background, cnr Phillimore and Cliff Sts.

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Graeme Davidson's photo of unknown date shows the Harbour Trust building in the context of some unknown public event. It may have been taken from the rear of a shipping office buildng in Phillimore St, such as Scottish House, where Davidson may have worked. People are lining the sides of Cliff St, with the entrance to the port on the right, so some important people are leaving or have just arrived in Fremantle.

References and Links

Dowson, John 2003, Old Fremantle: Photographs 1850-1950, UWAP.

Dowson, John 2011, Fremantle Port, Chart and Map Shop, Fremantle.

Neville, Simon J. 2007, Perth and Fremantle: Past and Present, privately published, WA.

Harbour Trust page.


Garry Gillard | New: 29 August, 2016 | Now: 29 September, 2017