WATM | September 2015
By Russell McKinnon.
By now, companies like Bell’s, Manford’s, Fletcher’s, Sadleir’s, Kiernan’s, Sumpton’s, North’s, Churcher’s and Cadd’s were prominent in the carrying industry. Many of these were formed in the horsedrawn carriage days. Other companies flourished from beginning as customs and shipping agents, carting goods from Fremantle Wharf to Perth — one of the most competitive. One of the best known baggage-hauling companies was Frank Cadd’s, whose founder began by carting sailing ship baggage in the 1890s from the Long Jetty — Fremantle’s main loading and unloading point before the formation of the Inner Harbour. Mr Cadd, whose career spanned 60 years, later specialised in handling baggage for patrons of the big British passenger liners, whose heyday was the two decades between the Great and World Wars.
From the West Australian of November 26: “THE LATE MR DAVID JOHN GRUER. Mr David John Gruer, one of Fremantle’s best-known master carriers, passed away on the 22nd inst, in his 54th year. The deceased was born at Kamerooka, Victoria, where he had farming interests prior to coming to Western Australia some 27 years ago…
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This article is from the September 2015 issue of the WA Transport Magazine. The WA Transport Magazine is available directly from the publisher – Angry Chicken Publishing.