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Collection of nine items relating to HT KATOOMBA and TSMV KANIMBLA

Date: 1936 - 1954
Medium: Paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Sheila McLean
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Archive series
Object No: ANMS0335

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    These nine items were collected by Finlay McLean during his maritime career. They consist of two dinner menus from the McIlwraith McEacharn Limited vessels TSMV KANIMBLA and one from the HT KATOOMBA; two sets of playing cards bearing the image of TSS KATOOMBA AND MV KANIMBLA; one postcard featuring the TSS KATOOMBA; and three souvenir booklets from the TSMV KANIMBLA. The documents span the period c1930s to 1954.
    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: MEMORABILIA FROM THE "KANIMBLA" AND "KATOOMBA" COLLECTED BY FINLAY McLEAN, COMPRISED OF THREE MENUS, ONE POSTCARD, THREE BOOKLETS AND TWO PACKS OF SOUVENIR PLAYING CARDS

    Web title: Collection of nine items relating to HT KATOOMBA and TSMV KANIMBLA

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