20th January 2021

Melbourne Harbour Trust










The Trust was established in 1877 following pressure from Melbourne’s merchants, and opposition from rivals Williamstown and Geelong, to improve shipping access to the city.

Australasian Sketcher (Adelaide), 25th November 1876 page 2.

The work of the Trust would involve bypassing a section of the Yarra ( the Coode Canal), dredging and clearing of the river, and the excavation of Victoria Docks. The Sandridge Lagoon was filled and a deep-water canal dredged to Port Melbourne piers. In1978 the Trust became the Port Melbourne Authority.

“Melbourne Harbour Trust works : a trip with the commissioners” by F.A. Sleap 1882. State Library Victoria BIB ID 1776663

The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil (Melbourne), 30th June 1884 page 100.


From Victoria Collections https://victoriancollections.net.au/items/55fe1d282162f10bf043839a


The Argus (Melbourne), 2nd April 1938. Dredges of The Melbourne Harbour Trust.

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