20th June 2023

Bank of Australasia

According to https://www.ukdfd.co.uk the above backmark dates c.1880-1910.









This bank was incorporated  in London by Royal charter in March 1834. It opened the first branch in Sydney on the 14th December 1835. Further branches were opened in Hobart, Launceston, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth over the next 6 years.

The Sydney Monitor and Commercial Advertiser, 26th August 1839 page 2.

It expanded throughout Victoria during the gold rush years, then in 1863 to New Zealand. In 1951 it merged with the Union Bank of Australia to form the Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) Bank on 1st October.

The Evening Advocate (Innisfail, Qld), 2ns October 1951 page 5.

National Library Photo #3987001, dated c.1876

Libraries of Tasmania photo LPIC147/6/344. Branch in Brisbane St., Launceston, Tasmania. 1890.

Weekly Times (Melbourne), 29th December 1934 page 31. The branch in Strathmerton, Victoria

C & J Weldon, 130 Cheapside, London

Charles (1817 -1882) and brother Jeremiah (1823–1880) Weldon were wholesale tailor’ suppliers, warehousemen and button manufacturers from 1851. The firm closed in 1910

The Daily telegraph (Sydney), 9th December 1892 page 8.

Despite the common claim of C & J Weldon being button manufacturers, I was unsure as they quoted themselves as warehousemen (see advert).  Likewise, Charles described himself as a “Manchester Wharehouse Man ” on census records. However, in 1851 and 1861 Jeremiah described himself as a button manufacturer, so perhaps the brothers oversaw different parts of the business.

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