TasPorts Charles Black Scholarship Recipient 2023

TasPorts recognises aspiring Maritime Engineer and AMC Student Anthony Burbury, as the recipient of the TasPorts Charles Black Scholarship for 2023.


19 May 2023

The legacy of Tasmania’s first Harbour Master continues to inspire future generations, with Anthony Burbury being recognised today as this year’s recipient of the University of Tasmania’s TasPorts Charles Black Scholarship.

The scholarship is named after Master Mariner and Tasmania’s first Harbour Master, Captain Charles Black, who dedicated more than 30 years to the State’s maritime sector.

TasPorts Chief Executive Officer Anthony Donald said the scholarship pays tribute to Captain Black’s contribution by providing a Tasmanian first-year undergraduate student with up to four years of financial support to pursue a career in maritime at the Australian Maritime College (AMC).

“Now in its fourth year, I continue to be proud to see this scholarship provided to an aspiring mariner, recognising Charles’ contribution to Tasmania whilst also providing unique opportunities to the next generation pursuing a future in the maritime sector,” Mr Donald said.

“The previous scholarship recipients are all continuing their studies and achieving excellent outcomes at AMC. We are pleased to have been able to offer each student work experience with our marine team here at TasPorts over the past three years,” continued Mr Donald.

Anthony is currently studying a Bachelor of Maritime Engineering (Honours) (Specialisation) at Launceston’s AMC, following a gap year with the Royal Australian Navy in 2022. Choosing this study path to complement his love of the water, Anthony has been a volunteer at the Port Sorell Surf Lifesaving Club since 2016.

“Growing up by the ocean at the Port Sorell Surf Lifesaving Club and spending time in the Royal Australian Navy, I have always been drawn to a career in the maritime industry. Studying Maritime Engineering (Honours) at AMC Launceston is an excellent opportunity for me to gain a qualification that will launch me into the maritime domain and challenge me with complex engineering scenarios. I am thrilled and honoured to have the support of TasPorts throughout my degree through the Charles Black Memorial Scholarship,” Anthony said.

The Charles Black scholarship also provides the opportunity to participate in vocational experience with TasPorts, across Tasmania’s multi-port system.

Captain Charles Black arrived in Tasmania in 1981 to commence a role with the Australian Maritime College (AMC). From the AMC, he moved into roles in Bass Strait and the Timor Sea, before settling into a position as a Marine Pilot at the Port of Bell Bay.

From his role as a Marine Pilot, Captain Charles Black became the Harbour Master and CEO of the Port of Launceston. Charles was then appointed Tasmania’s first Harbour Master in 2006 following the amalgamation of the regional port authorities and the formation of TasPorts. Following his retirement in 2015 and right up until his passing in late 2018, he generously continued to advise TasPorts, sharing his lifetime of knowledge and experience.

Charles was hugely respected in the maritime industry and also in the Tasmanian community, for not only his professional accomplishments but also his character, which was often described as loyal, steadfast, and practical.

The TasPorts Charles Black Memorial Scholarship is available to a Tasmanian commencing their first year of an undergraduate degree at AMC.

The scholarship provides $5,000 per year for up to four years.

More information is available on the UTAS Scholarship and Prizes website.