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Business Records

 

BUSINESS RECORDS

Business records may be held in museums, historical societies, genealogical societies, libraries, university libraries, the State Library of Victoria and Public Record Office of Victoria. Large holdings of records are known to be held by the following:

 

GENERAL BUSINESS RECORDS


TROVE - DIARIES, LETTERS, ARCHIVES

This consists of personal and organisational archives, including diaries, manuscripts, letters, business records, photographs, posters, pamphlets and ephemera.

https://trove.nla.gov.au/collection

 

SPECIFIC BUSINESS RECORDS

 

STATE LIBRARY OF VICTORIA - SELECTED COLES MYER RECORDS

The State Library of Victoria holds the business records of the Coles Myer group and its predecessors c1840-c1990. They include Myer Emporium, Farmer and Company, G.J.Coles and Co, Grace Brothers, Boans Limited, K-Mart Corporation, Pennys and Mantons. Selected Coles Myer records have been digitized.

http://digital.slv.vic.gov.au/R/?func=collections&collection_id=3123

 

FAMILYSEARCH - HAWKES BROS. PTY. LTD. EMPLOYEES LIST 1929

This was a hardware business in Geelong. Typescript housed at the Geelong Historical Centre, Geelong.

https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/455804?availability=Family%20History%20Library

 

FAMILYSEARCH - HIGGINS COLLECTION SOLICITORS' RECORDS 1851-1903

Original records housed at the Geelong Historical Records Centre.

https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/456248?availability=Family%20History%20Library

 

FAMILYSEARCH - THOMAS ROADKNIGHT AND COMPANY. LAND SALES AND PROPERTY ASSESSMENTS 1875-1926

Thomas Roadknight was a stock and land agent. Includes index. Original records housed at the Geelong Record Centre, Geelong.

https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/456153?availability=Family%20History%20Library

 

FAMILYSEARCH - J.B. HOLDEN AND CO. LAND SALE BOOKS 1877-1952

Original records at the Port Fairy Historical Society, Port Fairy.

https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/540174?availability=Family%20History%20Library


DIRECTORY LISTINGS

Businesses are listed in general directories. They are also listed in commercial directories. See Directories.

 

NEWSPAPERS

Businesses advertise in newspapers. The opening of a new business or a new proprietor taking over an existing business may be advertised. If a business is closed down, the clearing sale may be advertised in newspapers. See Newspapers, Magazines and Journals.

 

BUSINESS STOCK

Also see Possession Records.

PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE VICTORIA - BILL OF SALES 1880-1902 (VPRS 8350)

Bills of sale were mortgages against chattels. Bills of sale were filed with the Registrar-General’s Department as they gave the grantee (mortgagee) priority against the chattels in the event of the grantor (mortgagor)’s default; the grantee would otherwise have been unsecured creditor. An inventory of the chattels in question is given in the file; the chattels may include items such as hotel furnishings or stock of a business. Bills of sale may be searched through the catalogue.

https://prov.vic.gov.au/

 

SOLE TRADERS AND PARTNERSHIPS

Sole traders are a single person conducting a business. Partnerships are a number of people conducting a business together. These businesses do not need to register with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. They do need to have an Australian Business Number (A.B.N.). These can be searched on the Australian Business Register website.

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT - AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REGISTER

Companies and businesses need an Australian Business Number (A.B.N.).

http://www.abr.business.gov.au/

 

PARTNERSHIPS

The dissolution of partnerships may be advertised in newspapers or government gazettes. See Newspapers, Magazines and Journals or Government Gazettes.

 

COMPANY RECORDS

 

COMPANIES

PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE VICTORIA - INDEX TO DEFUNCT COMPANY, ASSOCIATION AND BUSINESS NAME REGISTRATIONS C1864-1990 (VPRS 8268)

This has been digitized.

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewSeries&breadcrumbPath=Home/Access%20the%20Collection/Browse%20The%20Collection/Series%20Details&entityId=8268#


ANCESTRY - VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA SELECTED TRIAL BRIEF AND CORRESPONDENCE REGISTERS AND OTHER IMAGES, 1837-1993

These are provided by Public Record Office Victoria. These records are not indexed but can be browsed by description and range. They include:

https://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=60672

 

PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE VICTORIA - TRADING COMPANIES 1864-1976 (VPRS 932)

Public Record Office Victoria has registration files for trading companies up to 1976. These are not online. Australian Securities and Investments Commission holds trading company registration files from 1976.

 

PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE VICTORIA - COMPANIES AND MISCELLANEOUS APPLICATION FILES (VPRS 12024) 1885-C1923 AND 1957-1982

These files include companies, property trusts, contracts, commercial matters, deceased estates, guardianship and lunacy. They involve matters heard in the Supreme Court of Victoria. These are searchable through the catalogue.

https://prov.vic.gov.au/


PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE VICTORIA - COMPANY APPLICATION FILES (VPRS 13033 P4) 1948-1984

The items in this consignment number have been labelled. They involve matters heard in the Supreme Court of Victoria. They are searchable through the catalogue.

https://prov.vic.gov.au/

 

AUSTRALIAN SECURITIES AND INVESTMENTS COMMISSION - COMPANY REGISTERS AND BUSINESS NAME REGISTERS

In order to find information on a company the Australian Securities and Investments Commission website has an ‘Organisation and Business Name’ register. In order to find information on a business name it has a business names register. These are searchable.

http://www.asic.gov.au/online-services/search-asics-registers/

 

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT - AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REGISTER

Companies and businesses need an Australian Business Number (A.B.N.).

http://www.abr.business.gov.au/

 

FOREIGN COMPANIES

 

PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE VICTORIA - FOREIGN COMPANIES 1897-1984 (VPRS 934)

A foreign company is a company operating within Victoria but originally formed or incorporated outside it. Since 1985 such companies have been known as recognised companies. Public Record Office Victoria has a register of foreign companies up to 1976 and registration files for foreign companies up to 1984. These are not online. Australian Securities and Investments Commission holds foreign/ recognised company registration files from 1984.

 

MINING COMPANIES

From the late 1850s to 1871 registers of mining companies may be seen in local Court of Mines records. See Court Records.

PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE VICTORIA - MINING COMPANIES 1850S-1978 (VPRS 567)

Public Record Office Victoria has a register of mining companies up to 1978. They also have registration files for mining companies up to 1978. These are not online. Mining companies ceased to be separately registered in 1958. Any files which were still in existence at this time continued to operate under their mining company number. Any new registrations after this date were included in the trading company registration sequence. In 1978 any mining company still operating with a pre-1958 mining company registration number was re-numbered and incorporated into the trading company registration sequence.

 

RAILWAY COMPANIES

PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE VICTORIA - RAILWAY COMPANY RECORDS

Public Record Office Victoria holds records for the following private railway companies which were taken over by the Victorian Government:

These are not online.

 

TRAMWAY COMPANIES

PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE VICTORIA - TRAMWAY COMPANY RECORDS

Public Record Office Victoria holds records for the following private tramway companies and trusts which were taken over by the Victorian Government:

These are not online.


SHAREHOLDINGS

Shareholdings may be listed in newspapers and government gazettes particularly mining companies in the 19th century. See Newspapers, Magazines and Journals or Government Gazettes.

List of shareholders may be found in early railway records. See Railway Companies under Company Records.

List of shareholders may be found in early tramway records. See Tramway Companies under Company Records.

 

FAMILYSEARCH - GEELONG AND CRESSY TRADING COMPANY SHARE REGISTERS 1926-1967

Typescript housed at the Geelong Historical Centre, Geelong.

https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/455121?availability=Family%20History%20Library

 


TRADEMARKS


A trade mark is a way of identifying a unique product or service. It can be a letter, number, word, phrase, sound, smell, shape, logo, picture, movement, aspect of packaging, or a combination of these.

A register of trademarks was maintained in Victoria from 1876 until 1906. Victorian trademarks were registered for 14 years and could be renewed. In 1906 the jurisdiction for trademarks passed to the federal government. They have maintained a register of trademarks since this time. Australian trademarks were registered for 14 years and could be renewed.


NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF AUSTRALIA - VICTORIAN TRADEMARK REGISTER APPLICATIONS 1876-1906 (NAA A11731)

Applications for Registration of Victorian Trade Marks are searchable through the catalogue on the National Archives of Australia website. Some of these have been digitized.

www.naa.gov.au


VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT GAZETTE - VICTORIAN TRADEMARK APPLICATIONS 1876-1906

Victorian trademark applications were listed in Victorian Government Gazettes from 1876 to 1906. See Government Gazettes.


NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF AUSTRALIA - AUSTRALIAN TRADEMARK REPRESENTATIONS 1906-2002 (D5005 AND D5549), AUSTRALIAN TRADEMARK REGISTERS 1906-1958 (A6288), AND AUSTRALIAN TRADEMARK REGISTER APPLICATIONS 1906-1958 (A1968)


These are all held at the National Archives of Australia, Canberra Office. They are not online.


IP AUSTRALIA - TRADEMARK REGISTER

Current and pending trademarks can be searched.

https://www.ipaustralia.gov.au/

 

COURTS

COMMERCIAL COURTS

These are for serious commercial disputes. They are under the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Victoria. The website for the Commercial Court is located at:

https://www.supremecourt.vic.gov.au/law-and-practice/areas-of-the-court/commercial-court

Also see Court Records.

 

JOURNAL


STATE LIBRARY OF VICTORIA - JOURNAL OF COMMERCE OF VICTORIA AND MELBOURNE 1858-1932

https://www.slv.vic.gov.au/journal-commerce

 

 

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