Deposit N227 - John Danks and Son (Sydney and Melbourne Offices) deposit

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John Danks and Son (Sydney and Melbourne Offices) deposit


  • 1888 - 1991 (Creation)

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9 m

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(1889 -)

Administrative history

The company was registered in Victoria on 25 January 1889 to continue the hardware manufacturing and supply business founded by brothers John and Samuel Danks in 1859. The head office was based in Bourke Street, Melbourne while another branch was established in Sydney in the 1880s. The company had factories in Melbourne and Sydney. In 1951 Danks Holdings Limited was incorporated and the company became a wholly owned subsidiary of Danks Holdings Limited. John Danks and Son Pty Ltd is still registered as a proprietary company.

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(c. 1893 - 1970)

Administrative history

The company was founded by James Swan Kidd, hardware merchant and ironmonger, and was operating from around 1893. The company was incorporated in Victoria on 18 February 1914. In July 1970 all the issued capital of J S Kidd & Co Pty Ltd was acquired by Danks Holdings Limited.

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Financial records, salaries and wages books, catalogues, staff records and patents. Also includes accounts (1960s), salary and wage records of J S Kidd and Company Proprietary Limited, purchased by Danks in 1970.


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Researchers must sign an access agreement

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NBAC 34; NBAC 170
University of Melbourne Archives: A.1973.0065; A.1974.0062

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Entered from deposit description on 28 July 2011




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