On 19 November 1960, the Portland Harbour Trust was officially opened by His Excellency, The Governor of Victoria, Sir Dallas Brooks, in front of thousands of onlookers. It was one of the largest concentration of Premiers, Statesmen, industrial and civic leaders ever to attend an event outside of an Australian capital city.
Today, Port of Portland is a busy modern port, handling in excess of $2 billion in trade. One of Victoria’s four major shipping ports, it handles bulk cargoes such as plantation woodchips and logs, grain, aluminium products, mineral sands, fertiliser, livestock and wind tower components.
To celebrate our 60 year anniversary, Port of Portland is providing access to an online exhibition of photos and memorabilia. We invite you to take a journey of discovery with us…
In addition to some great photos, Port of Portland, in conjunction with Glenelg Shire Council’s Cultural Collection and Powerhouse Productions, have provided a glimpse of the past through a series of short historical video’s for you to enjoy.
Celebrating 60 Years
EPISODE 1 – BIRTH OF THE MODERN PORT
A painstaking process of transferring thousands of hours of archival footage from 16mm film to high definition has uncovered many hidden gems that we can now bring to life through a series of historical videos for the community to enjoy.
The first video in the series uncovers the hopes and dreams for the future of Portland through the eyes of KS Anderson and the local people.
Footage has been made available courtesy of Glenelg Shire, Port of Portland, and Portland Harbour Trust.
60 Years of Reflections (1960-2020)
It is with pleasure we invite you to watch our new short documentary 60 Years of Reflections – let us take you on a nostalgic journey into the Ports history and the challenges faced in building the modern port. A trip down memory lane with some anecdotal accounts from former and current employees.
Against the Odds
In 2016, Port of Portland released a documentary titled Against The Odds – it tells the story of the port from conception to today, sharing insights into the people who have been part of the port’s modern history. The documentary captures the memories of port employees who have served for 25 years and longer. It provides an insight into the rich history of the port workers, often working in back-breaking and dangerous conditions.