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Fremantle Harbour Masters

Captain Mark John Currie, 1829-1832 >


< Captain Daniel Scott, 1839-1851

Captain James Harding, 1851-1867. Life lost on duty.

Captain George J. Butcher, 1867-1868 (acting)


Lieutenant James Croke, 1868-1874. Croke Street/Lane

Captain George Forsyth, 1874-1886 - also head of the Harbour and Light Department from 1880

Captain Charles R.T. Russell, 1886-1902 >


< Captain Charles James Irvine, 1902-1916

Captain John Francis Morrison, 1917-1921 (acting) >

Captain Harold Stevens Nicholas, 1921-1937

Captain William Raymond Clack, 1937-1940

Captain Willie Kenneth Saunders, 1940-1945

Captain Albert Ernest Trivett, 1945-1953. Captain's Lane

Captain Forrest H.B. Humble, 1953-1965, v. George Humble.

Captain Alexander B. Brackenridge, 1965-1968

Eric Atkinson

Captain John Adams, 1968-1972. 100 years old 15 Mar 2016

Captain Robert S. Campbell, 1972-1976

allan gray

Captain Michael Coleman, 1976-1986

Captain John Barron, 1986-1988

< Captain Eric J. Atkinson, 1988-2008, longest-serving

Captain Allan J. M. Gray, 2008-present >

Several harbour masters were painters, including George Forsyth, Charles Russell (and E.J. Miller? [Dowson 2011: 27])

OH inspection

Peter Wright, Captain Jack Adams, Captain Robert Campbell, Robert Manford, 1974

Michael Coleman

Captain Michael Coleman, c. 1968


Captain A.B. Brackenridge, tug Yuna, 1962


References and Links

Many thanks to Fremantle Ports for the chronology of Harbour Masters above.

Many thanks to Alan Pearce and Fremantle Ports for the photos of five recent and present harbour masters.

Thanks to Portfolio, Fremantle Ports Community Newsletter, March 2016, from which the photos at the bottom of the page were taken.

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

Ewers, John K. 1971, The Western Gateway: A History of Fremantle, Fremantle City Council, with UWAP, rev. ed. [1st ed. 1948].

Forsyth, Ron K. & Ian K. 2019, A Hazardous Life, Maritime Heritage Association, launched at Fremantle Ports, 26 March 2019.

Statham-Drew, Pamela 2004, James Stirling and the Birth of the Swan River Colony, Pandorus, Swanbourne.

Garry Gillard | New: 21 June, 2015 | Now: 11 April, 2019