Deposit 139 - Dalgety and Company Limited Albury Branch deposit

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Dalgety and Company Limited Albury Branch deposit


  • 1884 - 1976 (Creation)

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27 m

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(1884 - 1961)

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Dalgety and Company Limited was registered in London on 29 April 1884. The company was a joint-stock company incorporating firms which were actively managed by Frederick Gonnerman Dalgety in partnership with other trading individuals. Dalgety became the company's first chairman of directors and remained the largest shareholder until his death. Australian branches were opened in Perth (1889), Albany (1890), Rockhampton (1891), Brisbane (1894), Townsville (1896), Adelaide (1897), Albury (1908), Wagga (1923) and sub-branches in smaller centres. A Superintendent was appointed for New Zealand in 1908 and for Australia in 1914. From 1884 to the Second World War, the company operated as merchants in rural areas, wool brokers, stock and station and shipping agents in Australia and New Zealand. In 1927 Dalgety and Co Ltd acquired the business of W C Hunter in Kenya. On 22 November 1961 the company merged with the New Zealand Loan & Mercantile Agency Company Limited to form Dalgety & New Zealand Loan Limited.

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(c. 1878 - 1908)

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The company was established by Charles L Griffith who arrived in Albury in 1878 and set up his firm of stock and station agents at Dean Street, Albury. Charles L Griffith & Co held live stock sales regularly in Albury, Wagga Wagga, Wodonga, Corowa, Tallangatta and Corryong. The company was purchased by Dalgety and Co Ltd and its Albury sub-branch was opened on 1 April 1908. Following the purchase of the company in 1908, two sons of Charles L Griffith, Charles H and L C Griffith worked in Dalgety and Co Ltd's Albury branch.

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(c. 1892 - c. 1894)

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(1961 - 1970)

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In September 1961, Dalgety and Company Limited announced it proposed to merge with the New Zealand Loan & Mercantile Agency Company Limited. Dalgety and New Zealand Loan Limited was formed on 22 November 1961 after the name change was approved by the company's shareholders. The company's interests in its Kenyan and East African venture was sold in 1969. A new company name, Dalgety Limited, was adopted on 30 June 1970 and branch operations in Australia and New Zealand were transferred locally incorporated subsidiaries Dalgety Australia Limited and Dalgety New Zealand Limited.

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The deposit consists of records from the Manager's Department, Accountant's Department and other departments of Dalgety and Co Limited's Albury Branch; records of Charles L Griffith & Company; Riverina Wool, Hides and Produce Company. The records include reports on clients' accounts, branch reports and returns, correspondence, financial and legal records, securities registers, staff records, ledgers, balance sheets, code books, photographs, maps and plans.


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Entered from deposit description on 10 April 2012




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