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Scrip - Essendon Land, Tramway & Investment Co Ltd, Issued Victoria, Australia, 1889 Document Reg. No: NU 43428

Essendon Land, Tramway & Investment Company Limited Scrip issued to John Brown of Geelong, Victoria, Australia
[Registered Office not listed]
2 October 1889
Capital: 1,000,000 Pounds in 200,000 Shares of 5 Pounds each
Certificate No. 1109
Statement Of Significance:
The scrip is significant as an example of the extensive land speculation that occurred in Melbourne in the 1880s.

The Essendon Land, Tramway & Investment Company was formed by landboomer by James Mirams, newsagent owner in Collingwood, and its elected member of parliament from 1876-86; Mirams was a deacon of the Congregational Church and early member of the YMCA. He was a close friend and business associate of James Munro, member for Carlton, and subsequently Premier, 1890-92, whose speculative businesses also collapsed. With a board that included 6 members of parliament, and Mirams as company secretary, the Essendon Land, Tramway & Investment Company was formed in July 1888 to build a tramway from Essendon railway station westwards along Buckley Street to the municipal boundary with Keilor, a distance of 1.5 miles; Mirams owned land along Keilor Road.

From money raised with investors, the company paid Mirams more than 200,000 pounds for his otherwise useless land. In 1891 a new company, the Essendon Land & Finance Association, was formed to purchase the assets of the first company, allowing the original company's promoters to avoid paying calls on their shares. The tramway was never built, and the public investors lost their money. [R. Gillespie, 12 Jan 2006; from Michael Cannon, The Land Boomers, 1972]
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Harry Hearn
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 17.5 cm (Height), 24.2 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: banking industry, finance industries, real estate, share certificates
Themes this item is part of: Land Boom in 1880s Melbourne, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: COMMERCE & RETAILING
Secondary Classification: Real Estate
Tertiary Classification: share scrip
Shape: Rectangle
Issued By: Essendon Land, Tramway & Investment Company Limited, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 02 Oct 1889
Issued To: John Brown, Geelong, Victoria, Australia, 02 Oct 1889

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