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Tanker Jetty, Esperance


Shire of Esperance

Place Number

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Adj The Esplanade & Norseman Rd Esperance

Location Details

Other Name(s)

New Jetty (name used between 1935-1965)
Second Jetty, Tanker Berth

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1965, Constructed from 1935

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
Continuing Protection Order YES 21 Dec 2016 Heritage Council
State Register Registered 26 Aug 2008 Register Entry
Assessment Documentation
Heritage Council

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Local Heritage Survey Adopted 27 Apr 2021 Some/Moderate significance

Some/Moderate significance

Contributes to the heritage of the locality. Has some altered or modified elements, not necessarily detracting from the overall significance of the item. Desired Management Outcome: Include in Heritage List. Conservation of the place is desirable. Any alterations or extensions should reinforce the significance of the place, and original fabric should be retained wherever feasible.

Municipal Inventory Adopted 23 Jul 1996

Register of the National Estate Indicative Place

Heritage Council
Port-related Structures Survey Completed 31 Oct 1995

Heritage Council
Statewide Lge Timber Str Survey Completed 11 Dec 1998

Heritage Council

Physical Description

This jetty, completed in 1935, replaced the original Government jetty at James Street. It became the New Jetty and its predecessor the 'Old Jetty'. The length of the jetty was 2,865 feet and the width 48 feel The depth of water at the seaward end is 36 feet. The depth of water at shore end is 26 feet. The jetty originally had long pipes for oil. However. when the new landbacked jetty was built. these were removed. The oil tanker Hemiglypton damaged a portion 105 feet long.


From 1935-65 this was the main jetty for the Esperance region. It was important for the transportation of oil to the Goldfields and it also handled general cargo from State and interstate ships. Exports from the region included wheal sail copper concentrate and other minerals.

In 1965, when most shipping operations transferred to the ncw land backcd wharf. the New Jetty was retained as a tanker berth. and was officially called the Tanker Berth. After the second land-backed berth was completed the tankers were berthed at the new No 2 berth. The tanker berth then became a recreation facility and has retained the name Tanker Jetty.

The jetty was to have been demolished. but a community "Save the Jetty" group lobbied for it to be saved and officials agreed to save the jetty and repairs are underway. It is said to be one of eight jetties in Australia that have been preserved. Tourists and locals use the jetty for recreation fishing.


Good- although concrete injections of piles are needed to preserve jetty.


Name Type Year From Year To
Public Works Department Architect 1935 -

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
11451 Tanker Jetty, Esperance Archival Record 2016

Place Type

Historic site


Epoch General Specific
Original Use Transport\Communications Water: Jetty
Present Use Transport\Communications Water: Jetty

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall TIMBER Other Timber

Historic Themes

General Specific
SOCIAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES Sport, recreation & entertainment
OCCUPATIONS Grazing, pastoralism & dairying
OCCUPATIONS Rural industry & market gardening
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Land allocation & subdivision
TRANSPORT & COMMUNICATIONS River & sea transport

Creation Date

06 Sep 1988

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Last Update

14 Jun 2021


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