Midland Junction Aerated Water Companies – Henry Leonard S. Waltho

Henry Waltho was born in Geelong, Victoria in 1900. His father was Samuel Henry Waltho and his parents came to Mt Magnet, Western Australia when Henry was very young. His father worked as a brewer till they moved to Geraldton, then Perth and back to Geraldton. In 1923 they purchased the J.T Shepheard Aerated Water Factory in Eleanor Street known…

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Midland Junction Aerated Water Companies – Thistle Aerated Water Factory – George Scott Milling (1870 – 1941)

George Scott Milling was born at Moynalty in County Mead, Ireland on the 4th July, 1871. He is the third son to parents Oliver and Mary Milling. Father Oliver was described as Esquire of Glen View, Moynalty. The entire extended family arrived in Sydney some time between the late 1880’s and early 1890’s. George then decided to head west…

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Midland Junction Aerated Water Companies – Empire Aerated Waters – George Hiscox (1864 – 1927)

George Hiscox was born Arthur George Bruton to parents William and Charlotte Bruton residing at Islington, Middlesex. The English census of 1881 shows Arthur aged 17 with no occupation living with his parents now at Drury Lane, St Martins in the Fields and father William’s occupation was now a Licensed Victualler. Census records of 1891 show the family at…

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Midland Junction Aerated Water Companies – The Midland Junction Aerated Water Works – Frank Honey (1866 – 1950)

Francis Richard Honey was born 3rd August, 1866 at Peckham, Surrey, England, the second of four sons and one daughter to parents William and Clarissa Honey. Known as Frank and excelling in mathematics at school he took up a maritime career seeking to become a master mariner. In his 20th year he sailed aboard the three masted barque Otagobound for…

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Midland Junction Aerated Water Companies – Wattle Aerated Water Factory – Alfred Meachem (1869 to 1955)

Alfred Meachem was born at Darlaston, Staffordshire, England in 1869 to Isaac and Elisa Meachem. At 21 Alfred was a coal merchant in Staffordshire. In 1894 he married Sarah Latham and by 1911 his occupation showed as a machinery fitter in the colliery at Staffordshire. He arrived at Fremantle in 1912 aboard the Osterleyand his family arrived later that year….

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Burns Philp & Co – Fremantle, Esperance & Geraldton

James Burns and Robert Philp commenced trading in 1876 as Burns Philp & Co and the company operated until 2006. The company became incorporated in Sydney in April, 1883 and expanded rapidly with a range of both cargo and passenger ships and they traded predominantly as shipping agents. They ran their own fleet of ships and also engaged the…

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