In 2019 year we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the arrival of the Encounter Bay, commencing the era of international container trade connecting Australia to the world. Shipping is a vital but virtually invisible industry to the majority of the Australian population. It has been fantastic to see two landmark activities that promote knowledge of the shipping industry coincide with this historic year.
is a documentary movie that has been professionally produced by a group of volunteers led by Martin Orchard and Frank Needs, who recognised the impact that the arrival of Encounter Bay 50 years ago. This event was a watershed that changed the lives of every Australian and the team were adamant that the event should be commemorated. Watch the trailer, abridged or full movie versions here.
The World in a Box highlights the importance of shipping and the critical role that the humble container has played in super-charging international trade. It has massively reduced the cost of international transport and made world-wide goods available to consumers anywhere on the globe.
It is amazing that so few people realise that there way of life is utterly dependent on container shipping. Find out more by watching the full movie at https://rounding-up.com/world-in-a-box/
Meanwhile, over the past two years, a continuing exhibition of containers and their impact on every Australian.
Container – The box that changed the world
has been touring Australia. This static display of containers, including cutaways with transparent sides. It shows the history of container development, what they now carry, and how they have changed the lives of every human being. The display was conceived, designed and delivered by the Australian National Maritime Museum with the support of industry partners.
The box that changed the world has already been seen my more than a quarter of a million people.
Shipping Australia Limited is proud to be a supporting sponsor of both of these important initiatives.