Deposit 133 - Australian Mercantile Land and Finance Australian Office deposit 3

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Australian Mercantile Land and Finance Australian Office deposit 3


  • 1886 - 1961 (Creation)

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20.4 m

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(1863 - 1981)

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This company was registered in England on 5 November 1863 as the Australian Mortgage Land and Finance Company Limited. The company's first Australian Office was opened in Brisbane in the same year. The company carried on business as wool brokers, pastoral finance, stock and property agents and as a pastoral company in NSW, Victoria, the Riverina and Queensland. In 1865 the business moved to Victoria with the purchase of the firm of Gibbs Ronald and Company of Melbourne and Geelong, the Australian branch of the London firm of Richard Gibbs and Company. The partners of the two firms continued their work in the new company with the Australian branch managed by R B Ronald in Geelong and by Sir James MacBain in Melbourne. Richard Gibbs and Byron L Ronald joined the London Board. In November 1910 the company changed its name to the Australian Mercantile Land and Finance Company Limited (AML&F Co Ltd). In 1971 AML&F Co Ltd was taken over by the UK firm Wood Hall Trust Limited. The company operated under the name AML&F Co Ltd until Elders IXL took over Wood Hall Trust Limited in 1981. Elders Pastoral Division was established incorporating all the pastoral interests of the AML&F Co Ltd.

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The material in this deposit is divided into three sections:
1. Records created at Head Office: correspondence with branch offices, 1937-50; balance papers for Australia, 1941-60; balance sheets for stations, 1905-57; records of clients' accounts, 1925-40; income tax returns, 1915-50; provident and pension fund records, 1899-1958; applications & correspondence with Lands Dept, c. 1897-1943; wool clip statistics, 1890-1928.

2. Records created at stations: records for Charlton Station (including correspondence, 1902-41; financial records, 1881-1938; sheep and shearing records, 1891-1941); Dunumbral Station (merino stud book, 1905-1913); Milroy Station (ledgers, 1943-1954); Mogila Station (financial records, 1933-44); Mossgiel Station (financial books, 1891-2, 1906-35; stock books, 1886-9, 1931-48; and Summervale Station (ledgers, 1942-61).

3. Records relating to subsidiary companies absorbed by AML&F Co Ltd and to clients: Paroo Pastoral Co; Australian Sheep Farms Ltd; Frank Watson & Co Pty Ltd; McPhie & Co Pty Ltd; Yeates Bros Pty Ltd; H P Veness & Co Pty Ltd; A McLean & Co Pty Ltd; E W Sparke Pty Ltd; Bovril Australian Estates Ltd & allied companies; G M Richmond (Mogila); G M Richmond & Son (Mogila);Includes some minutes, financial records, articles of association, share records and reports.


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NBAC 6; NBAC 99; NBAC 137; NBAC 162; NBAC M3; NBAC N110; NBAC Z177; NBAC 75; NBAC 97; NBAC 132

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Entered from deposit description on 17 August 2011




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