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Collection of 317 documents relating to McIlwraith McEacharn Limited

Date: 1925 - 1968
Medium: Paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from McIlwraith McEacharn Limited
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Archive series
Object No: ANMS0875

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    Description
    These collection of 317 documents details the Swan River Shipping Company Limited's association with McIlwraith McEacharn Limited. The series consists of two board meeting agendas; 13 share documents; two testimonials; 13 takeover documents; one investment document; two scrip certificates; four financial records; two estimates; one dividend payment; one development plan; one securities journal; five lists of investments; three sets of meeting documents; nine receipts; three sets of notes; seven records; four reports; one newspaper clipping; 211 letters, four memorandums and 28 telegrams relating to Swan River shares, financial transactions, dividend payments and scrip certificates. The documents span the period 1925 - 1968.
    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.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: Collection of 317 documents relating to McIlwraith McEacharn Limited

    Primary title: MATERIAL DOCUMENTING THE SWAN RIVER SHIPPING CO LTD'S ASSOCIATION WITH MCILWRAITH MCEACHARN, FROM THE COLLECTION OF MCILWRAITH MCEACHARN

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