1883: Burns, Philp & Company Limited incorporated in Sydney

James and John Burns arrived in Brisbane in December 1862. After a couple of years jackerooing at Springsure – Central Queensland, they set up as storekeepers at the Gympie goldfields in 1865.  By the mid-1870s,  James Burns and Robert Philp had gone into a more diversified Townsville-based partnership, which included shipping links to Brisbane and Sydney for inter-colony and overseas trade.  After 1876, James Burns worked from an office in Sydney, where Burns, Philp & Company Limited was incorporated in 1883. They were the first company to offer tourism to New Guinea, in 1884, advertising the ‘New Guinea Excursion Trip’. By 1914 the Burns Philp Tourist Department was established advertising tours on Lord Howe and Norfolk Island. Acquisition of the Port Moresby Hotel occurred in the same year, with the Papua Hotel purchased some years later. Burns Philp “maintained a near monopoly on passenger services to Melanesia until the outbreak of the war in the Pacific”.

More:

  1. Douglas, N. and Douglas, N. (1996) “Tourism in the Pacific: Historical factors” in Hall, C.M. and Page, S.J. (eds.) Tourism in the Pacific: Issues and Cases, London pp. 65-80
  2. Sydney Morning Herald, 16 February 1884 in Douglas, N. (1994) “Electric Shadows in the South Seas: The Pacific Islands in film” in D. Aoki (ed.) Moving Images of the Pacific Islands: A Guide to Films and Video, Center for Pacific Island Studies: Honolulu, p. 40
  3. Douglas, N. (1994) ‘Electric Shadows in the South Seas: The Pacific Islands in film’ in D. Aoki (ed.) Moving Images of the Pacific Islands: A Guide to Films and Video, Center for Pacific Island Studies: Honolulu, p. 40
  4. Douglas, N. and Douglas, N. (1996) “Tourism in the Pacific: Historical factors” in Hall, C.M. and Page, S.J. (eds.) Tourism in the Pacific: Issues and Cases, London p. 27
  5. Buckley, K. and Klugman, K. (1983) The Australian Presence in the Pacific: Burns Philp 1914-1916, George Allen & Unwin: Sydney
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    Christine

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