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Reports and financial documents

Date: 1880 - 1950
Overall: 45 mm
Medium: Paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from P&OSNCo
Object Name: Archive series
Object No: ANMS0022

User Terms

    This archive series consists of Pacific Steam Navigation Co and Orient Steam Navigation Co balance sheets, interim reports, annual reports, statements of accounts and prospectus between 1881 and 1951.

    P&O bought 51% of the shares in the Orient Line in 1919 but the Orient Line maintained a separate identity. By March 1965, P&O had acquired all of the Orient Line shares.
    SignificanceIn 1987, on its 150th anniversary, P&O donated a large collection of archival documents, pamphlets and photographs, originally housed in their Sydney office, to the Australian National Maritime Museum.

    P&O ships have been coming to Australia since 1852. The collection spans a period of more than a century, and ranges from early passenger lists to latter-day posters; from annual reports to menu covers. Information booklets intended to promote the superior functioning of P&O vessels include instructions to commanders, guides to career opportunities and such gems as 'Asian Crew: an officer's guide'.

    No less valuable than the 'official' material is the vast amount of ephemera, which for many researchers evokes the special quality of tourism. To the credit of the company, it preserved items such as brochures, flyers, press releases, publicity images, postcards and crossing the line certificates, which are now in the museum's collection. Subsidiary collections of documents relating to companies with which P&O has been associated, including the Orient Line and the British India Steam Navigation Company, provide further perspective and historical context.
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Annual reports printed on loose foolscap paper or quarto folded consisting of balance sheets and brief report

    Web title: Reports and financial documents

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