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Sign - Francis Ross & Co. Pty Ltd, Newmarket Saleyards, Newmarket, pre 1987 Reg. No: SH 900092
- Stock Agent sign. Hung in the Administration Offices on the outside wall of Agent's office or sometimes in the yards at Newmarket Saleyards.
The number of stock and station agents that operated at Newmarket varied widely from year to year. Over the years small personalised stock and station agencies bowed to pressure from larger firms and were taken over. From the original seventeen agents operating when Newmarket saleyards officially opened in 1861, there grew to be thirty-nine operating agents in November 1914. By the time the Newmarket closure was announced in 1985 only twelve companies represented the surviving associated stock and station agents of Melbourne. Six carried original business names: Dalgety Farmers, Elders Pastoral, Victorian Producers Co-Operative, Gippsland and Northern Co-Operative Co., Quiney Mawbey, and Challenge Mercantile Fisken Read. The remaining six included principals and staff from many long-serving organisations of the industry: Brian Rodwell & Co., Webster Richardson and Gillespie, Crowe and Plaisted, Pat O'Connell Livestock, Mick Hornsby & Co., and Keiran McNamara & Co.
- Perspex sign, black with white raised lettering. It would originally have had a metal frame from which it would have been hung.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from State Government of Victoria Major Projects Unit, 1990
|Dimensions:||20.50 cm (Height), 0.50 cm (Width), 51.00 cm (Length)|
|Tagged with:||livestock, signage, rural industry, livestock sale yards|
|Themes this item is part of:||Stock & Station Agents at the Newmarket Saleyards, Auctioneering at the Newmarket Saleyards, Sustainable Futures Collection, Livestock Industry in Melbourne & the Newmarket Saleyards, Newmarket Collection|
|Primary Classification:||AGRICULTURE & RURAL LIFE|
|Secondary Classification:||Livestock Markets|
|Inscriptions:||Text: 'FRANCIS ROSS & CO./PTY.LTD.'.|
|Place Used:||Newmarket Saleyards, Newmarket, Victoria, Australia, pre 1987|
|Organisation Depicted:||Francis Ross & Co. Pty Ltd, Newmarket, Victoria, Australia, pre 1987|
|References:||Vincent, K 1992, "On the fall of the hammer : a personal history of Newmarket saleyards", Lee White ed, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne.|