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In "Report on the Department of Ports and Harbours for the Year 1890-91" by Australia's Queensland Department of Ports and Harbours, readers are taken on an insightful journey through the intricacies of the maritime industry. This comprehensive report serves as a valuable resource for both maritime professionals and those interested in understanding the economic significance of ports and harbors during the late 19th century.

The report begins by providing a detailed overview of Queensland's port and harbor infrastructure, coupled with in-depth analyses of the various economic activities taking place within these important trade hubs. By showcasing statistical data and financial statements, the document offers an accurate snapshot of the bustling maritime trade during the specified year. It outlines the quantity and type of merchandise handled, and sheds light on the most active shipping routes and associated industries.

One of the report's strengths lies in its clear and concise presentation of information. The authors have managed to transform a vast amount of data into an easily digestible format, allowing readers to comprehend the complex workings of Queensland's ports and harbors without feeling overwhelmed. Additionally, the use of graphic illustrations, tables, and charts enhances understanding and adds visual appeal to the report.

While the report's focus is undeniably technical, there are moments when it transcends its statistical nature, offering captivating insights into the social and cultural impacts of the maritime trade. Through detailed accounts of notable events and the provision of historical context, readers gain a more holistic perspective of the industry and its wider societal implications. Moreover, the inclusion of testimonials from shipowners, traders, and maritime workers adds a personal touch, making the report more relatable and engaging.

Throughout the document, the expertise and dedication of the Queensland Department of Ports and Harbours become apparent. The meticulousness with which they have analyzed and documented each aspect of the maritime trade exemplifies their commitment to providing accurate and reliable information. This attention to detail enhances the trustworthiness of the report and further establishes it as an invaluable resource for researchers and historians.

It is worth mentioning that, due to the specific nature of the report, it may not appeal to a broader audience. The technical jargon and extensive statistical analysis may deter casual readers seeking more general knowledge. However, for those with a genuine interest in maritime history, economics, or regional development, this report will undoubtedly prove to be an essential and enlightening read.

In conclusion, "Report on the Department of Ports and Harbours for the Year 1890-91" offers a meticulous and informative examination of the maritime industry in Queensland during the late 19th century. While catering primarily to a niche audience of professionals, historians, and researchers, the report's accessible presentation, incorporation of personal narratives, and insightful commentary ensure its relevance and enduring value. It stands as a testament to the dedication and expertise of the Queensland Department of Ports and Harbours, preserving a significant chapter in the maritime history of Queensland for generations to come.

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Presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command.


Department of Ports and Harbours, Brisbane, 26th August, 1891.

SIR, I have the honour to submit, for your information, the following Report concerning this Department for the past year:

I assumed charge on the 1st July, 1890, and found that the heavy gales and floods experienced in January of the same year had most seriously affected several of the dredged cuttings of the Brisbane, Mary, Burnett, and Fitzroy Rivers. In some places the Brisbane River had silted up to such an extent that there were fully 18 inches less water than before the flood. This, however, only proved a temporary inconvenience, as the dredges soon restored the cuttings to their original depths. I also found that considerable changes had taken place in the formation of the banks at the northern entrance to Moreton Bay, necessitating the removal to make the lead effective of Tangaluma Light (which had only been established in 1885), also the removal (for the fourth time) of the Yellow Patch Light, and the building of two new cottages for the lightkeepers. Owing to the encroachment of the sea, it had also been found necessary to remove Comboyuro Point Lighthouse and the keeper's cottage some 200 feet further inland... Continue reading book >>

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