Autograph Letter Signed, suggesting his correspondent apply to the superintendent at Portland. 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches, traces of mounting, recipient’s name deleted. 26 March 1856 Sir John Coode (1816-1892), harbour engineer, was the19th century’s leading authority on harbour construction, and his advice was sought by many of the colonial governments, especially by those of South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, and by the Indian government. After Portland Harbour his best-known work is the harbour of Colombo, Ceylon. He was also responsible for the straightening of the lower reaches of the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia with the resulting district of Coode Island and the Coode Canal named for him.