1871 maritime bill of lading, shipping claret from London to Sydney


Port of London to Sydney (Australia), shippers are French wine merchants Curcier & Adet.

Shipment of 1 hogshead claret, 30 hogshead ___, 130 ¼ casks of ___, 100 hogshead claret, 200 __, 50 hogshead claret.  On the left are the identifying marks placed on the individual items. 

A wine hogshead contains about 300 L (66 imp gal; 79 US gal).

Great image of three-mast sailing ship, printed by Waterlow & Sons Export Stationers London.

On the ‘good ship’ Maid of Judah, captain Bain.

Dated London 29th May 1871. Signed by Capt. Bain.

Nice tax stamp (dry seal) UL corner ‘Bill of Lading 6 pence’.

Vertical and horizontal folds.

27.5 X 15.25 cm


The Bordeaux wine merchant and importer Edouard Adet (1829-1903) arrived in Melbourne around 1857, where, as a partner in the firm Curcier & Adet, he managed the company's activities in Port Phillip. Adet was one of the most prominent and respected figures in Melbourne's French community. Along with fellow wine merchant Frédéric Kresser and photographer Antoine Fauchery he quickly became one of Comte Lionel de Chabrillan's trusted inner circle of associates (de Chabrillan was the first French consul in the Colony). On de Chabrillan's death in December 1858, Adet was appointed executor of his estate and succeeded de Chabrillan as French Consul, the first of several such interim appointments. All the while, Adet ran a highly successful wine and spirits business: Curcier & Adet is listed in Melbourne directories from 1857 to 1866.





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