Port of Portland:  17:05:48 Sat 05/12/2020

Celebrating 60 Years

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. Click on the links below to watch:

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. Click on the link below to watch:

A combination of many years of planning, hard work and dedication has made
Port of Portland what it is today. So much more than just a pretty picture.

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. Click on the link below to watch:

Welcome to our Virtual Visitor Book

Visitors are invited to leave a message, memory, feedback or a thank you comment, on the occasion of our 60th Anniversary.

  1. The Portland Football Netball Cricket Club committee on behalf of its members, send it’s best wishes to the Port of Portland team as it celebrates it’s 60th Anniversary. We can’t say thankyou enough for the many years of support you have given our club and the community in which we live, love and enjoy.

  2. On behalf of United Way Glenelg congratulations to the Port of Portland for achieving an incredible milestone, your 60th anniversary. The contribution Port of Portland has made to Portland and its people continues 60 years on! Enjoy this time to reflect and celebrate safely.

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