Bank of Australasia
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.
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.
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
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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