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R.a

User: Rolfe & Co Ltd

Tea Merchants

Address: 483-489 Bourke St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use:

1915 Series: 2d

Rarity Scale:

 

1915 Series 2d R4

Background:

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns: VIC: Ro/C.a R/Co..a

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RA.a

User: Richard Allen & Sons

Manchester

Address: 164-168 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use:

1902 Series 1d

Rarity Scale:

 

1902 Series 1d R4

Background:

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns: Nil

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RA/&Co.a

                   

  

User: Rosenthal, Aronson & Co

Improters

Address: 275 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use: 

1886-1899 Series, inscribed 'STAMP DUTY' 1d (shades)

Rarity Scale:

 

1886-1899 Series 1d R4

Background:

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns: Nil

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RA/&Co.b

User: Rosenthal, Aronson & Co

Improters

Address: 275 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use: 

1886-1899 Series, inscribed 'STAMP DUTY' 1d (shades)

Rarity Scale:

 

1886-1899 Series 1d R4

Background:

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns: Nil

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R/&C.a

User: Rolfe & Co Ltd

Tea Merchants

Address: 483-489 Bourke St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use:

1911 Series 1d

Rarity Scale:

 

1911 Series 1d R3

Background:

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns: VIC: R.a

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R/&Co..a

User: Rolfe & Co Ltd

Tea Merchants

Address: 483-489 Bourke St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use:

1911 Series 1d

Rarity Scale:

 

1911 Series 1d R3

Background:

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns: VIC: R.a Ro/A.a

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RG/&Co.a

User: Robertson, Grime & Co Ltd

Grain Merchants

Address: 352 Flinders St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use: 

1886-1899 Series, inscribed 'STAMP DUTY' 6d

Rarity Scale:

 

1886-1899 Series 6d R4

Background:

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns: Nil

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RG/&Co.b

User: Robertson, Grime & Co Ltd

Grain Merchants

Address: 352 Flinders St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use: 

1886-1899 Series, inscribed 'STAMP DUTY' 3d

Rarity Scale:

 

1886-1899 Series 3d R4

Background:

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns: Nil

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RM/&Co..a

User: R Montgomery & Co

Importers

Address: 399 Little Collins St, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use: 

1886-1899 Series, inscribed 'STAMP DUTY' 1d (shades)

Rarity Scale:

 

1886-1899 Series 1d R4

Background:

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns: Nil

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RR/&Co..a

User: Robert Reid & Co Ltd

Warehousemen

Address: 341-347 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC

Revenue Use: 

1886-1899 Series, inscribed 'STAMP DUTY' 6d (shades)

Rarity Scale:

 

1886-1899 Series 6d R4

Background: The Melbourne antecedents of Robert Reid & Co. of London, Sydney and Melbourne begin before 1855 with Laing & Co, warehousemen of 72 Lt. Collins Street East. General importers, the company specialised in goods for the drapery trade, footwear and clothing. In 1856, a partner, William Webster, was taken in and the firm became known as Laing & Webster. (James Robert Liang b. 1827, in Scotland).

In 1865, the firm of Edward [Warne] & [George] Webster opened in the extensive warehouse premises of Laing & Webster at 55-57 Russell Street and the new business became a major manufacture of clothing employing 200 hands. In March, 1868 the partnership between Warne and Webster was dissolved.

In 1876 James Robert Liang, previously of Liang and Webster, became a partner with John Paterson in Paterson, Liang & Co with a London office established in 1878. [Paterson bought out his partners Henry Palmer and Briscoe Ray in Paterson, Ray, Palmer & Co.]

John Monroe Bruce, resident partner of George Webster & Co., became a partner in Paterson, Liang & Bruce in 1879. J.M. Bruce acquired the interests of other partners in the firm, which was then converted into a limited liability company in 1897, with branches in Melbourne and London. Paterson, Liang & Bruce merged with Robert Reid & Co. Ltd in February 1966 to form Paterson, Reid, Bruce Ltd., a subsidiary of Ralli Australia Pty Ltd.

Robert Reid

Robert Reid was born in Fifeshire in 1842 and migrated with his family aboard the Ralph Waller, arriving in Melbourne in April, 1855. He gained a few months experience in retail drapery in Ballarat and Melbourne before joining William Watson & Sons, wholesale warehousemen of Swanston Street, where he worked for 17 years.

In January 1874, Edward Warne took Robert Reid and John Adair into partnership, the firm being styled Warne, Adair and Reid wholesale drapery importers at 50 Flinders Lane East. In April 1876, the partnership [now with a branch in London] was dissolved, the firm now being styled Warne & Reid.

New premises for a staff of 90 were built in 1881. The following year, a factory employing 250 people in making men’s clothing was opened in Collingwood. A large branch of the company was also established in Sydney.

When Edward Warne retired in December 1887, the partnership between 'Edward Warne and Robert Reid of Melbourne, Sydney and London', clothing manufacturers and warehousemen, was dissolved, and the business became Robert Reid & Co.

By 1890, the firm was one of the largest Australian importing businesses in Australia with branches not only in Sydney but also Adelaide and Brisbane, London and Glasgow.

In 1898, Robert Reid & Co., general warehousemen, agents, manufacturers and wharfingers, specialising in wholesale soft goods became a limited liability company with its head office in a five storey London building.

Robert Reid & Co. Ltd. and its two main subsidiaries Hustlers Pty Ltd [incorporated in NSW] and Robert Reid & Co. Ltd [incorporated in England], continued to trade until October 1957 when it merged with David Murray Holdings Ltd of Adelaide to form Reid Murray Holdings Ltd.

In 1963, Reid Murray Holdings Ltd. was liquidated, its subsidiary Robert Reid Ltd continuing to trade until 1966 when it was bought by Ralli Australia Pty Ltd and merged with Paterson, Laing & Bruce Ltd to become Paterson, Reid & Bruce Ltd.

Robert Reid became one of Australia’s foremost commercial magnates. President of the first Congress of Chambers of Commerce in Australasia in 1880, he represented the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce at the Indian and Colonial Exhibition in London in 1886 and was a commissioner at the Paris Exhibition of 1889. Reid was president of the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce in 1888-90 and 1899-1902.

In 1892, Reid was elected to the Legislative Council for Melbourne Province, and was elected three more times before resigning in 1903. He was Minister for Defence and Health from 1893-94. In 1901, he stood unsuccessfully for the Senate and was restored to the Victorian ministry in 1902 as Minister for of Public Instruction and Health. In January 1903, Reid was elected to the Senate to 'hold the place' caused by the death of Frederick Sargood.

Robert Reid died unexpectedly from diabetes in London in May 1904, and was buried in Hampstead cemetery.

Device: Single Die

Related Patterns: Nil

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