15th April 2023

British Phosphate Commission (BPC)

 Backmarked Pisley’s Ltd Glasgow (See yesterday’s post).

This Melbourne based concern managed the extraction and export of phosphate from Nauru from 1920 until 1981. Narua was a mandated territory managed by Australia, New Zealand and Britain after Germany was forced to give up its territorial assets following WW1. However, Narua purchased the assests of BPC in 1967.

During WW2 there were Japanese attacks on BPC ships.

The Advertiser (Adelaide), 27th September 1937 page 14.

National Archives photo #6445958: The Tristar in 1938.

National Archives photo #6423140. The Triona being loaded with phosphate by 2 cantilever cranes.

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