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1866 maritime bill of lading, shipping wine & spirits London to Moreton Bay

$25.00 CAD

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

Shipment of 624 cases of wine & spirits. On back is a breakdown of what the cases contain, and their markings:

  • 200 cases brandy
  • 104 cases wine
  • 10 cases vermouth
  • 1 case conserves
  • 3 cases anchovies
  • ….

Shipping agent is John Harris Winchester House Old Broad Street London, acting for Curcier & Adet.

Great image of three-masted sailing ship, T.W. Nicholson Printer London.

On the ‘good ship’ Young Australia, Captain C. Grey.

Dated London 4th June 1866. Signed by Capt. Grey.

Tax dry seal ‘Six Pence’ (right of image).

Vertical and horizontal folds. UL corner is damaged. Some light browning spots. 

27 X 14.25 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.