Sunday 21st Oct, 2018

Maritime figure mourned


“A GREAT Australian” is how former AMSA chairman and maritime industry veteran Edward (Ted) Anson AM is being remembered.

Mr Anson died just before Christmas, aged 85.

Born in Melbourne, he had previously served as chairman of both the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and was a former executive chairman of ANL.

Other positions of note included executive roles with BHP, RW Miller, Howard Smith and James Patrick as well as chairman of the Australian River Co, board member of Australian Industry Development Corporation, a member of Lloyd’s Australia Committee (and chairman of the latter’s Technical Advisory Committee).

He was also a fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineers (London) and a member of the Society of Chartered Engineers

Former colleague Alan Tait, who took over as general manager shipping at Howard Smith when Ted Anson became chief executive at Patrick (then owned by Howard Smith) described him as “a unique character and a great Australian”.

Away from work, Mr Anson was a passionate supporter of the South Melbourne Swans, maintaining his allegiance even as the club relocated to Sydney in the early 1980s.

A public memorial service is set for Gibraltar House, Bowral on February 9.

Mr Anson is survived by his wife Karin, their children Ben and Libby and five grandchildren.

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