H B Selby Australia Limited

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H B Selby Australia Limited

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Dates of existence

1949 - 1983


H B Selby Australia Limited was registered in Melbourne on 11 April 1949 as a public company and holding company for the Sydney and Melbourne businesses of H B Selby & Company Pty Ltd, importers and suppliers of scientific instruments, laboratory apparatus, chemicals and industrial and process control equipment. During 1982-83, when Selbys succumbed to a triple takeover by Warburton O’Donnell, Comeng Holdings Ltd, then Australian National Industries (ANI), its operating subsidiaries were Selbys Scientific Ltd and Analite Pty Ltd. The Selby name continued through further changes of ownership until 2002, when, as part of the Biolab Group, it was finally dropped.


Melbourne, Victoria

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Functions, occupations and activities

machinery and equipment manufacturing; glass manufacturing; mineral, metal and chemical wholesaling; machinery and equipment wholesaling

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Internal structures/genealogy

Subsidiaries: H B Selby and Company Proprietary Limited, Melbourne and Sydney, 1903 - 1983; Selby’s Scientific Ltd, 1974 - 1983; Analite Pty Ltd 1946 - 1984; Selby-Wilton Scientific Ltd (ex. George W Wilton & Company Ltd, New Zealand) 1962 - 1980
Directors: Selby, Esmond John (1911 - 1998); Selby, Benn Atherton (1914 - 2011)

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Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Prepared by Margaret Avard in February 2014




Dr Samuel Furphy (2005): Selbys the Science People: A History of H B Selby Australia Limited
The Business Who's Who of Australia
Jobson’s Year Book of Public companies
www.delisted.com.au (accessed on 24 June 2011)

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