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Collection of 78 documents relating to Hetton Bellbird Collieries Limited shares

Date: 1911 - 1957
Medium: Paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from McIlwraith McEacharn Limited
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Archive series
Object No: ANMS0879

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    Description
    This collection of 78 documents consist of signed agreements and the purchase of shares by McIlwraith McEacharn Limited in Hetton Bellbird Collieries Limited. The series consists of one share statement; eight share documents; six agreements; one memorandum of association; one memorandum relating to a loan agreement; two envelopes and 59 letters relating to debenture agreements, Hetton Bellbird shares, loans and agreements. The documents span the period 1911 - 1957.
    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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    Web title: Collection of 78 documents relating to Hetton Bellbird Collieries Limited shares

    Primary title: MATERIAL CONCERNING SIGNED AGREEMENTS AND SHARES FOR THE HETTON BELLBIRD COLLIERIES LTD, FROM THE COLLECTION OF MCILWRAITH MCEACHARN

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