Deposit N258 - William Adams and Company deposit

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William Adams and Company deposit


  • 1884 - 1984 (Creation)

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3.5 m (10 boxes)

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(1884 - 1983)

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Founded in 1884, the company was formed to take over the original firm of William Adams & Company, wholesaler and distributor for construction equipment and engineering industries. Incorporated in New South Wales on 5 September 1912 William Adams and Company Limited soon became one of Australia's leading distributor's of steel and aluminium, machine tools, power transmission equipment, earthmoving and materials handling equipment, facsimile transceivers and telephone answering equipment. Following a successful bid by Tubemakers of Australia Limited, the company was removed from the Stock Exchange on 7 December 1983.

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Financial records, catalogues, photographs and publications


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1. William Adams & Company, Perth, 1917- 1985. (MN 2738, State Library of Western Australia,
2. The Bell-Wether : William Adams : an Australian company from foundation to takeover, 1884 to 1984. Melbourne : Nelson ; Sydney : William Adams, 1984. (Australian National University. Australian National University Library. J.B. Chifley Library.)

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Entered from deposit description on 25 August 2011




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