Deposit 162 - Australian Mercantile Land and Finance London and Australian Offices deposit

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Australian Mercantile Land and Finance London and Australian Offices deposit


  • 1863 - 1977 (Creation)

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132 m

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(1863 - 1981)

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This company was registered in England on 5 November 1863 as the Australian Mortgage Land and Finance Company Limited. The company's first Australian Office was opened in Brisbane in the same year. The company carried on business as wool brokers, pastoral finance, stock and property agents and as a pastoral company in NSW, Victoria, the Riverina and Queensland. In 1865 the business moved to Victoria with the purchase of the firm of Gibbs Ronald and Company of Melbourne and Geelong, the Australian branch of the London firm of Richard Gibbs and Company. The partners of the two firms continued their work in the new company with the Australian branch managed by R B Ronald in Geelong and by Sir James MacBain in Melbourne. Richard Gibbs and Byron L Ronald joined the London Board. In November 1910 the company changed its name to the Australian Mercantile Land and Finance Company Limited (AML&F Co Ltd). In 1971 AML&F Co Ltd was taken over by the UK firm Wood Hall Trust Limited. The company operated under the name AML&F Co Ltd until Elders IXL took over Wood Hall Trust Limited in 1981. Elders Pastoral Division was established incorporating all the pastoral interests of the AML&F Co Ltd.

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This deposit consists of records from the London Office; the Department of the General Manager for Australia; the Sydney Office; Bligh Development (Sydney) Ltd; Bligh Management (Sydney) Ltd and J Manning Pty Ltd. Records of the Department of the General Manager for Australia comprise of minutes; annual reports; reports from branches; general ledgers; records re Pension Fund for London staff 1934-1971; correpondence; office files; financial records; station records re wool clip returns and stock returns; registers re employee superannuation plan; and trust deeds for pension and provident fund. AML&F Sydney office records comprise of Local Board meeting minutes; correspondence; financial records; records relating to staff pension and provident funds 1901-1956; security registers and documents; photographs c. 1921-1971; maps 1891-1969; miscellaneous records re Bligh Street buildings; working file of Sydney Office Manager, James Kidd 1918; staff training notes 1965-1971 and printed material. Records of Bligh Development (Sydney) Ltd include office files 1962-1972, specifications and architect plans, photographs and newspaper clippings. Bligh Management (Sydney) Ltd records comprise of office files 1963-1971. Records of J Manning Pty Ltd comprise of minutes 1949-1962, share register and financial records. Also includes records of Gyra River Pastoral Company Pty Ltd.


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NBAC 6; NBAC 99; NBAC 133; NBAC 137; NBAC M3; NBAC N110; NBAC Z177; NBAC 75; NBAC 97; NBAC 132

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Entered from deposit description on 19 August 2011




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