State Shipping Service of Western Australia

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State Shipping Service of Western Australia was a government transport entity created in 1912,[1] following the Western Australian state election, 1911, with an emphasis on providing reliable transport to the North West ports of the state.[2][3][4][5]

In 1979 the service name was changed to Stateships [6] In 2005 the service ceased trading as it no longer operated any ships.

The former offices in Fremantle, are now used by the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, and various artefacts from the service are housed in the Fremantle Maritime Museum


A collection in Battye Library has a set of photographs of the ships that were used by the service [7]

The ships used by the service included:


  1. ^ State Shipping Service: 50th anniversary. Fremantle, W.A.: The Service, [1962] Information on the Service's 50th anniversary.
  2. ^ STATE STEAMSHIPS SERVICE - 4 May 1912 – 31 Dec 1918 - The State Steamships Service was established in May 1912, largely in response to a request for an improved shipping service to north west ports. The name changed to State Shipping Service in 1919. The State Steamships Service was controlled by the Fremantle Harbour Trust from 1913 to 1918. [1]
  3. ^ Stephens, Alan Mitchell; Eric White Associates; State Shipping Service of Western Australia (1977), The stateships story: 1912–1977, Eric White Associates, ISBN 978-0-9500952-3-3 
  4. ^ Bennett, June; Royal Western Australian Historical Society (1968), The State Shipping Service: the adversities of operation from 1912–68, retrieved 27 December 2011 
  5. ^ Walker, William; University of Western Australia. History Discipline Group; University of Western Australia. School of Humanities (2005), Western Australia's coastal shipping: the struggle for control 1863–1914, retrieved 27 December 2011 
  6. ^ STATE SHIPPING SERVICE - 1 Jan 1919 – 1 Jan 1979 (created under the - WA Coastal Shipping Commission Act, 1965 (from 15/11/1965). [2]
  7. ^ Western Australian Stateships [picture] : 1912-1987, pictorial record of all the ships in Stateships service since 1912. Leederville, W.A. : Australian Souvenirs Pty Ltd, 1987. 3rd Floor Pictorial. BA1009 Vol. 367
  8. ^ Beroona - description of ship recently added to the State Shipping Service - Geraldton Guardian, 8 August 1972, p.4f-g
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