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Collection of 364 documents relating to McIlwraith McEacharn Limited

Date: 1962 - 1983
Medium: Paper based material
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from McIlwraith McEacharn Limited
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Archive series
Object No: ANMS1011

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    Description
    These 364 documents from the McIlwraith McEacharn Limited collection relate to tug port operations for the Northern Territory, Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania, Western Australia and Papua New Guinea from 1962 - 1983. They include six Agreements relating to Geelong Tugs; one Geelong Harbour Annual Report; five telegrams; five wage documents; three worksheets; three documents relating to the Geelong Tug takeoever; nine Geelong Tugs sale documents; four reports; one rate document; two photographs; one staff roster; 17 newspaper clippings; five brochures; two cards; one set of employee arrangments; 54 contracts; one depreciation document; nine financial records; seven forms; one invitation; three lists; two tug licences; 23 proposals; two meeting Minutes; 20 memorandums; 74 letters; one chart; one set of employee entitlements and 99 documents relating to towage operations and tugs.
    SignificanceThis collection is significant in recording a comprehensive history of an Australian shipping company from the 1870s to the 1990s.
    HistoryThe shipping firm of McIlwraith, McEacharn & Co was founded in London in February 1875 by Andrew McIlwraith and Malcolm Donald McEacharn. McIlwraith, McEacharn & Co entered the Australian trade in 1887 bringing cargo and immigrants from Britain to Queensland. They also entered the coal trade. They entered into the fierce competition for passenger trade in the first decades of the twentieth century when competition for passengers required companies to provide more than converted cargo vessels. In 1909 their ship KAROOLA won a reputation for its salubrious accommodation and its size, and was the first Australian ship to exceed 7,000 tons. The company maintained the advantage in 1912 by commissioning KATOOMBA, which was larger and more luxurious than all its generation of passenger ships.

    With the growth of rail and road transport, Australian shipping declined during the twentieth century. McIlwraith, McEacharn & Co was a survivor and bought the fleets of James Paterson and Huddard Parker in 1961. In 1957 McIlwraith, McEacharn & Co together with Adelaide Steamship Company and Melbourne Steamship Company, set up Bulkships Pty Ltd to work the heavy ore trade and bought four ships. In 1964 it merged shipping interests with those of the Adelaide Steamship Company to form Associated Steamships. They had a combined fleet of 12 conventional cargo vessels, which they replaced with three container ships.

    McIlwraith McEacharn continued in the shipping trade until the 1990s when their ships were sold to a US company.
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    Primary title: PAPER BASED MATERIAL FROM 1962 TO 1983 CONCERNING TUG PORT OPERATIONS FOR NORTHERN TERRITORY, QUEENSLAND, VICTORIA, NEW SOUTH WALES, TASMANIA, WESTERN AUSTRALIA & PAPUA NEW GUINEA. FROM THE COLLECTION OF McILWRAITH McEACHARN LIMITED.

    Web title: Collection of 364 documents relating to McIlwraith McEacharn Limited

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