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Section 2 - Commercial Overprints

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BRANSON.a 

User: Branson & Kleinig

 

Chaff Merchants

 

Address: Glenferell St, Adelaide, SA.

 

              Also at Freeling and Rosworthy.

Revenue Use:

1904 issue1d

Rarity Scale:

 

1904 issue 1d R2.

 

Background: *George Branson was born at Greenock, (SA) on 11th September 1863 and was educated at Whinham College in North Adelaide. After college he took up farming and in 1887, on his father’s retirement, he took over the family property "Pilton". George was very successful and the property became one of the biggest operations in the district.

In 1902 George went into partnership with Mr. J. Kleinig, establishing, “The Emu Chaff Mill” at Freeling (just west of Greenock), this venture was so successful that they opened another branch at Rosworthy (South West of Freeling).

The J Kleinig was most likely Johann Kleinig of Ebenezer (SA), which is just east of Greenock.  His family records state that he was born on 1 January 1853 and died on 11 January 1903 and that he was a Chaff Merchant.

The mills established by Branson & Kleinig were the most up to date in the State, employing over fifty people. The bulk of the output was for export and in 1906 the company exported 15,000 tons of chaff.

George also occupied a seat on the Nuriootpa District Council for five years. He was also appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1899.

George retired in 1907, aged just 44, and he and his wife Hannah, married 28th February 1888, moved to Adelaide and eventually to a home at King William Road, North Unley. But this retirement date seems odd early given that his company was relatively new, established 1902, and that his partner Johann Kleinig had died in early 1903. it seems more likely that he just moved his home to North Unley.

In a strange twist, that is not mentioned in the Branson Family History, but is mentioned in an article in the Adelaide newspaper “The Advertiser” on 25 January 1915. It seems that George had somehow got into financial difficulties in around 1914 and in early 1915 he was adjudged insolvent with a large sum of money owing to the Bank of Adelaide.

The article also states that George had gone missing on the evening of 12 January 1915 after going to work at “Freeling, where he carried on business under the style of George Branson and Kleinig, chaff merchants.”

This indicates that George was still active in the business, which contradicts the Branson Family History.

The Advertiser article goes onto report that on 13 January “Mr. Branson's motor car was found on the esplanade at Henley Beach” and that later “a coat and pair of boots were found under a seat at the sea- end of the jetty, and these were identified by Mr. Harold Branson as belonging to his father.” Harold Branson (actually Harold was born in 1893) was George’s eldest son.

A search of the beach and nearby water did not produce any results and there were suggestions of suicide. However later the South Australian police issued a warrant for George Bransons arrest as an absconding debtor. George was located in Sydney and was reported to have boarded the steamer “Niagara”, which was a Liner owned by the Union Steam Ship Company. The report states that George was not arrested before the ship left Sydney but that he was expected to be arrested when it docked in New Zealand.

George was indeed arrested in Auckland and found to have 1500 pounds in his possession. He was returned to Adelaide, found guilty of holding “funds that were the property of his creditors” and he was ordered to serve 12 months in jail.

George died at Dartford Private Hospital, Adelaide on 6th October 1936. He is buried in Adelaide's Mitcham Cemetery. Hannah died at Adelaide on 28th September 1944. They had four children.

Device: Handstamped

 

Related Patterns: Nil

 

*Branson Family History

 

*TROVE

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B & Co/LTD.a

User: Bellenger & Co, Ltd

 

Wholesale Merchants

 

Address: 91 Hackney Rd, Hackney, SA.

Revenue Use:

Numeral 2d

Rarity Scale:

 

Numeral 2d R4.

 

Background: The company appears to have started in the early 1920's and was still operating in the 1950’s.

 

Device: Handstamped

 

Related Patterns: Nil

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