1878 maritime bill of lading, shipping champagne from London to Melbourne

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

Shipment of 151 cases of wine (champagne).

On left are description of markings on shipment:

  • 100 cases of ‘C & A Melbourne’
  • 50 cases of ‘Private Cuvee’
  • 1 case ‘KRUG & CP REIMS’ Echantillons (samples)

AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND TRADE BILL of LADING Freight payable at Port of Discharge

Great image of three-mast sailing ship, S. Straker & Sons Export Stationers London

On the ‘good ship’ Thunderbolt, Captain Parsons.

Dated London 11th (?) October1878. Signed by Capt. Parsons.

Tax dry seal UL corner ‘…Sixpence’

Printed with in red .

Vertical and horizontal folds. Paper missing where tax seal applied. Browning areas, mostly left side.

28.25 X 15.5 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.



Krug Champagne is a Champagne house founded by Joseph Krug in 1843. It is based principally in Reims, the main city in France’s Champagne region and is one of the famous Champagne houses that formed part of the Grande Marques.