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Collection of 113 items relating to McIlwraith McEacharn Limited

Date: 1957 - 1965
Medium: Paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from McIlwraith McEacharn Limited
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Archive series
Object No: ANMS0660

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    Description
    These 113 documents detail correspondence between McIlwraith McEacharn Limited, Bulkships Ltd and Associated Steamships Ltd relating to company operations. The series consists of two profit statements; two records of insurance risks, one set of share distribution calculations and one newspaper clipping relating to Bulkships Ltd; two proxy documents; one press release relating to ship construction; five sets of notes on shipping calculations; two meeting notices; one overseas visit report; 50 letters and 46 memorandums relating to share allotments and certificates, boat charters, company operations reports, cargo, ship construction and finances. The documents span the period 1957 - 1965.
    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

    Primary title: CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN MCILWRAITH MCEACHARN, BULKSHIPS LTD AND ASSOCIATED STEAMSHIPS LTD, FROM THE COLLECTION OF MCILWRAITH MCEACHARN

    Web title: Collection of 113 items relating to McIlwraith McEacharn Limited

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