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BURNS PHILP & Co Ltd
Sydney
& South Sea Subsidiaries


In 1883 Burns Philp and Company Limited was formed by amalgamating the various businesses in Sydney and Queensland carried on in the names of James Burns and of Robert Philp and Company. With James Burns as chairman of directors
the company expanded rapidly and lines of steamers were run from Australian ports to the many Pacific islands in the main, with Singapore Auckland and Hong Kong also as ports of call. Robert Philps was Managing Director of Queensland Operations. Diverse business interests included the Copra plantations and the pearling industry. Many vessels were registered at the main ports' of their most frequented call. South Seas Division was created after a complete takeover of their subsidiary Robbie, Kaad & Co, being re-titled and removing area (pacific) control from Sydney to the Fiji headquarters specific to the Islands' trades. Other subsidiaries as Hong Kong and PNG (Papua-New Guinea) Ltd as suffixes also existed. The changing times of 1960's with airline competition, Union demands for Australian crewing and an ageing fleet saw the Parent Company cease all Australian shipping operations by 1970. Notwithstanding, they held an established name in Australian Shipping History

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AIRLIE
1884-1911

2,337 gross tons, 1,492 net. Lbd: 314' x 38'3" x 23'6". Iron steamship built by William Doxford & Sons, Sunderland England for the Eastern & Australian Steamship Co., Ltd. Held compounded engine producing 340 nhp. Serviced Sydney - Java - Singapore passenger run. Sold to Burns Philp & Co Ltd., January 1904. Continued working the Sydney - Java - Singapore route with various ports in Queensland and Darwin, Northern Territory added to the itinerary. Laid up 1910, sold to Chinese shipbreakers and broken up 1911
AIRLIE image courtesy State Library Queensland



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ADA DENT
1884-1907
AMY
1863-1926
BANSHEE
1875-76
AMY image courtesy Gold Coast City Council Local Studies Library
ADA DENT 43 gross tons, 30 net. Lbd: 71' x 14'7" x 6'. Wooden steamship built and owned by George Dent Snr., Botany Bay New South Wales. Compound surface condensing engine producing 20 horsepower. July 1885 acquired by Burns Philp & Co. Wrecked 27th April 1907 Proserpine River Queensland
AMY 34 gross tons. Lbd: 53' x 15'2" x 6'4". Iron steamship built (or assembled from portions imported) by G McLean Brisbane for M B Orr of Glasgow & James Honeyman of Brisbane, with her registry at Brisbane. 1872 (early) Henry O'Reilly, October 1872 J Honeyman. August 1877 James Burns in his independant merchant capacity at Townsville. Operated out of Normantown for most of the 1880's in lighterage duties. February 1884 owned by Burns Philp & Co., Ltd. July 1901 of the Carpentaria Lighterage Co Ltd. April 1920 Carpentaria Shire Council. 1926 she sunk at her moorings in Normanton Queensland, disintegrated and washed out to sea
BANSHEE 86 gross tons, 59 net. Lbd: 92'1" x 15'8" x 5'7". Wooden steamship built by James Gillan & Peter Callen at Newcastle, New South Wales for C S Stevens, Sydney. High pressure engine producing 25 horsepower. November 1875 acquired by James Burns in partnership with D Owen (Master Mariner). This vessel quite possibly was James Burns first owned steam powered unit. On March 21, 1876 in poor visibility, she was wrecked on rocks at Cape Sandwich, Hinchinbrook Island Queensland with loss of 20 lives, mostly women and children. There were also twelve stowaways discovered before the tragedy


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BARBARA and JANE
1867-84
BARRATTA
1884-1918+
BOBBIE TOWNS
1894-1924
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BARBARA and JANE 64 gross tons. Lbd: 86'3" x 19' x 5'4". Wooden stern wheel paddle steamer built Logan River Queensland for John Garrick Snr., registered Brisbane. High presure engine producing 14 horsepower. May 1870 Samuel Hodgson, Ipswich Queensland. August 1877 Charles Powell of Maryborough. March 1881 James Bogue. September 1882 Robert Philp. Sunk alonside Aplin's wharf, in Ross creek Townsville, after a collision during flood conditions February 1884. Remains dynamited
BARRATTA 113 gross tons, 68 net. Lbd: 107' x 20'2" x 6'6". Iron steamship built 1884 by J W Sutton & Co., Brisbane. Unknown owners until 1892 when registered by Burns Philp & Co., Ltd. Based in, and worked out of Townsville, Queensland. Sold 1918 to F Mugg and sailed/transferred to Singapore where known records end
BOBBIE TOWNS 135 gross tons, 75 net. Lbd: 98'2" x 23'3" x 7'5". Wooden steamship built by G Frost at Kincumber New South Wales for this company. Compound surface condensing engine producing 21 nhp. Worked out of Townsville, Queensland. A tough little ship, she survived 1903 when the much larger vessel Wodonga broke free from her moorings during cyclonic conditions and struck her. Sold October 1915 to Hetherington & Rylance Ltd, Brisbane. She was eventually scrapped at Brisbane July 1924


BRAESIDE
1949-74

5,876 gross tons, 3,266 net, 7.980 dwt. Lbd: 437'3" x 58' x 25'4". (138.8 x 17.7 metres) on: 5050098 Steel hulled, single screw motorship (diesel) built by Barclay, Curle & Co., Glasgow. Passenger Cargo Vessel. Service speed 13 knots. Intended for and placed upon the Australia - SIngapore service. Sold April 1970 to Madrigal Shipping Co., renamed Sula. Stranded 15.50N/94.12E 5th August 1972 & scrapped at Kaohsiung April 1974
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BULOLO
1938-68

6,526 gross tons, 4,375 net. Lbd: 399' x 58'2" x 25'3". Steel twin screw motor vessel built by Barclay, Curle & Co., Glasgow as a passenger vessel for Burns Philp & Co Ltd. Twin kincaid diesel engines. Commenced services from Australia - Papua New Guinea September 1938. Requisitioned by the British Admiralty September 1939 and refitted as an armed merchant carrier, being commissioned at Simonstown South Africa. Took active role in many Atlantic convoys. Released from militiary service December 1946 and refitted for commercial services at Greenock. Arrived Sydney 24 July 1948. Sydney, commencing active commercial services August. March 29th 1951, fire erupted in her cargo of copra and she was scuttled to control outbreak of flames.

Refloated and repaired she resumed normal duties December that year. She was the last regular passenger vessel on the Australia - Papua New Guinea run. 1968 saw an emotional send-off by 1,000 people dockside when she departed Sydney under tow for scrapping at Taiwan
lower right image as HQ vessel for British Admiralty 24 May 1944, other images personal collection

BURNSIDE
1940-66

5,659 gross tons, 3,280 net, 8,800 dwt. Lbd: 427'6" x 57'2" x 26'1". (134.9 x 17.4 metres) on: 5505566 Steel single screw motorship built by Barclay, Curle & Co., Glasgow for Burns Philp & Co. Triple expansion reciprocating engine with L P turbine. Intended for and serviced their for the Australia - Singapore run. 12 passenger capacity. Served World War 2. Sold to Teck Hwa Shipping Co., China, renamed Ever Sure in 1964. Scrapped October 1966 at Singapore
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DAIRY MAID
1876-95
DEDELE
1961-
ELECTRIC LIGHT
1880-1903
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DAIRY MAID 82 gross tons, 56 net. Lbd: 96' x 19'7" x 6'6". Wooden steamer built by Rock Davis Brisbane Water, New South Wales for J Conway of Sydney registry. Held a low pressure engine producing 32 nominal horsepower. Worked the New South Wales coastal ports. Acquired November 1887 by Burns Philp & Co, Ltd. Placed on their Queensland services. Foundered Cleveland Bay near Townsville Queensland April 23rd 1895
DEDELE 108 gross tons, 44 net. Lbd: 73'4" x 19'1" x 6'9". Steel twin screw motor ship (ferry) built by Taikoo & Engineering Co., Hong Kong for Burns Philp (New Guinea) Holdings and registered in Port Moresby. Sold 1974 to Pimco Shipping Pty Ltd of Port Moresby. No further details
ELECTRIC LIGHT 81 gross tons. Lbd: 96'6" x 20'8" x 7'2". Wooden steamer built by Thomas Davis, Brisbane Water, New South Wales for Mr T Davis of Sydney registry. April 1882 Robert Philp May 1896 Burns Philp & Co Ltd. Foundered 12th March 1903 and sank Cleveland Bay Queensland as a result of earlier damage sustained during the height of Hurricane 'Leona' March 9th, 1903


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FLORENCE
1872-1900
GUTHRIE
1884-1914
HEATHER BELLE
1876-1949
INDUNA
1891-1932
GUTHRIE postcard image at Thursday Island
INDUNA image courtesy State Library Victoria
FLORENCE 15 gross tons, 10 net. Lbd: 48' x 9' x 4'. Wooden steamer built by William Dunn, Lavender Bay Sydney for James Milson & Partners, Sydney. August 1879 North Shore Steam Ferry Co., Sydney. February 1882 James Burns, then Burns, Philip & Co Ltd., in April 1896. Scrapped Normanton Queensland 1900
GUTHRIE 2,338 gross tons, 1,494 net. Lbd: 314' x 38'3" x 23'6". Iron steamship built by W Doxford & Sons, Sunderland for the Eastern & Australasian (E & A) Steamship Co Ltd. Compound surface condensing engine producing 340 nominal horsepower. Clipper bow, rigged for sail as required. Employed Australia to the far east via Singapore. Acquired 1904 by Burns Philp & Co along with her sistership 'Airlie' and employed on the Australia - Java - Singapore run, taking the ports of Thursday Island and Darwin. 1912 sold to G S Yuill & Co Ltd (Australian-Oriental Line). Was chartered by Burns Philp & Co during November 1912. 1913 laid up. 1914 sold to the White Cross Steamship Co Ltd and believed renamed Helvette. Wrecked 1st November 1914 at Taku bar bound for the China coast
HEATHER BELLE 92 gross tons, 73 net. Lbd: 97'8" x 20' x 6'7". Wooden steamer built at Doughboy Creek Brisbane for unknown owners. Eventually owned by J Barker & W H Barham, shipwrights with a Brisbane registry. Acquired June 1892 by this company and sold March 15th 1915 to Charles Mathieson, a lighterman of Maryborough Queensland. Re-engined 1917 at Mort's Dockyard, Sydney with diesel engine 4 cylinder, producing 40 horsepower. Probably operated as a lighter and definitely operated at Maryborough, Queensland. Records state she was broken up and register closed 1949
INDUNA 703 gross tons, 429 net. Lbd: 190'4" x 28'5" x 11'2". Steel steamship built by Hall, Russell & Co., Aberdeen. Triple expansion engine producing 98 horsepower. Built as a passenger-cargo vessel for J Rennie & Co., Aberdeen. 1904 sold to Henry Edwin Campbell, London, with tonnage reduction to 699 gross. 1904 sold to Burns, Philip & Co., Sydney, Australia, who placed her on the Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island run. 1905 until 1916 placed upon the Gilbert, Marshall and Caroline Islands' run as well as the New Hebrides. 1920 sold to the Patrick Steamship Co., Sydney, with tonnage reduction to 678 gross. 1925 sold to the Railway Commissioners for New South Wales, Sydney and converted into a train-ferry, 1932 laid up and sold for use as a wharf at Grafton, 1957 remains cut up as scrap. Historical note: Winston Churchill travelled this ship after his escape from the Boers at the time when she was employed on the South African coastal route

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Burns-Philp Island Offices, possibly Thursday isand

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