During the 19th century, in a time when the World relied upon ships for transport, Sir John Coode was the engineer engaged to design ports, harbours, canals as well as gateways linking seas, lakes and rivers.

Sir John Coode


In Victoria, his designs included the Yarra River Canal in Melbourne as well as harbours at Portland and Warrnambool, river improvements at Belfast, the entrance between Bass Strait and the Gippsland Lakes, and, the entrance channel to the Geelong Harbour.

Western Australia

In Western Australia he reported on a harbour at Fremantle.

South Australia

South Australia included the design for an outer harbour near the mouth of the Port Adelaide River.

New South Wales

New South Wales saw inspections, reports and designs for the Richmond, Clarence, Bellinger, Nambucca, Macleay and Shoalhaven Rivers; the harbours of Port Macquarie, Wollongong and Kiama; the entrance to Lake Macquarie, and the wharf at Darling Harbour, Sydney.


Queensland included designs for Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville, and the bar of the Norman River.

Many of his designs were implemented and are still in use until this very day. These achievements are enormous in Australia, however, there are so many more around the World . . .

This is an ever evolving story. As our travels to various regions of Australia continue, more discoveries may come to light and will be added to this amazing story of the life of Sir John Coode.