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Fremantle Ports building

This was known as the Fremantle Port Authority (FPA) building when new in 1963.


I took this photo from what is now the boardroom of the MSC Dalgety building on the corner of Cliff and Phillimore Streets. The Fremantle Ports building uses the street address 1 Cliff Street, tho it's not really in Cliff Street, which ends where I took this photo, at the corner of Phillimore Street. The Ports building is actually between the formerly anonymous entrance to Victoria Quay which is now known as Peter Hughes Drive (What was so special about this Hughes guy that he gets to have his first name also remembered, unlike 99.9% of other streets?) and Slip Street, which leads to two slipways, on one of which is the Ovens submarine.


The building was designed by Hobbs, Winning & Leighton, the firm founded by J.J. Talbot Hobbs, who also designed the Dalgety building from which, as I say, I took this photo. The firm also designed the Passenger Terminal (1962) on Victoria Quay.


The Ports building from the South Wharf (looking from the north). The sign is missing an R. It says F_EMANTLE PORTS. The letter must be a metre or more square, and must have made a lot of noise when it fell off - if that's what happened. I dropped into the front office and asked the young guy on duty about it. He said he'd find out.


Now it says __EMANTLE PORTS. I dropped in and spoke the young guy again. He said "they must know about". I told him I'd be back when the first E fell out.


... But it was the second R. So this building is now (2Dec19) that of EMANTLE POTS.


Back to normal, April 2020.


The building on this site before 1962 was the Harbour Trust building, which itself was formerly at Arthur Head on the western end of what became the southern wharf, and served as C.Y. O'Connor's office.

Fremantle Ports is plural because it controls not only the port in the Swan River, but also various facitilities in Cockburn Sound. It has a board of directors appointed by and responsible to the Minister for Transport, and a Chief Executive Officer appointed by the Board who is responsible for day-to-day management. Currently it's (male) Chris Leatt-Hayter. The previous incumbent is now the Governor of Western Australia, (female) Kerry Sanderson.

References and Links

Fremantle Ports website

Garry Gillard | New: 17 September, 2017 | Now: 3 April, 2020