Deposit 90 - Godfrey Hirst and Company deposit

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Godfrey Hirst and Company deposit


  • 1875 - 1966 (Creation)

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7.8 m

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(1890 - 1966)

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Godfrey Hirst migrated to Geelong from England in 1885 and worked for the Victorian Woollen and Cloth Company as a weaver until he set up his own business making flannel in 1888. Hirst, in partnership with Charles Shannon, a wool broker, and Charles Smith, purchased the Barwon Woollen Mill in 1890 which was renamed the Excelsior Number One mill. In 1899 the partnership purchased the Victorian Woollen and Cloth Company, which became Excelsior Number Two mill. Godfrey Hirst & Co Pty Ltd was incorporated in Victoria on 14 October 1909. In 1966, the company was taken over by McKendrick Bros (Canberra) Pty Ltd but still operates under its original name as a manufacturer of carpets.

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Memorandum and articles of association, minute books, registration documents, directors' files, correspondence and papers including papers re national security regulations, financial records, legal documents and deeds, share register of constituent company Barwon Woollen Mill Company, framed cartoon, blueprints, plans, charts, photographs and printing plates. Also includes material (manuscripts, galley proofs and illustrations) re novel by Ivan Southall 'The Weaver from Meltham'.


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Entered from deposit description on 4 August 2011




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