Deposit 35 - John McIlwraith and Company deposit

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John McIlwraith and Company deposit


  • 1853 - 1948 (Creation)

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3.3 m

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(1854 - c. 1948)

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John McIlwraith founded his business, The Melbourne Lead Works, in 1854. This business was the precursor of John McIlwraith & Co Pty Ltd, suppliers of building and plumbing products. In the 1870s McIlwraith was connected with a small coastal steamship company, which later merged with the larger shipping firm of McIlwraith, McEacharn & Co Ltd. For some time he took part in the administration of this company in partnership with his brothers, Andrew and Sir Thomas McIlwraith (who became Queensland Premier in 1879), but in the 1890s he withdrew from the shipping business and devoted his attention to lead manufacturing and his business. After McIlwraith's death in 1902, his sons John, Thomas and David McIlwraith managed the business registering the business as John McIlwraith & Co Pty Ltd on 20 August 1910. By 30 October 1950 a new company had formed and was registered in Victoria as John McIlwraith Industries Limited.

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Minutes, correspondence, financial and legal records, wages books, records of shipping business McIlwraith, McEacharn & Co Ltd, metal exchange prices, lead pipe book, staff records, blueprints and factory specifications, passport of John McIlwraith (1915), newspaper cuttings, photographs and plans.


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Entered from deposit description on 5 August 2011




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