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Corporate entry Hunter River Steam Navigation Company (1839 - 1851)

1 August 1839
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
July 1851
Maritime Industry and Transport
Sydney, New South Wales


On 1 August 1839, a public meeting was held in Sydney's Royal Hotel for the purpose of forming a steam ship company. Subsequently, in July 1840, the Hunter River Steam Navigation Company was formed. The Company operated steamships between Sydney and the Hunter River. In 1850 it was felt that the Company's title and Deed of Settlement limited its scope. A reorganisation took place and the Company changed its name, becoming the Australasian Steam Navigation Company in July 1851.


 1839 - 1851 Hunter River Steam Navigation Company
       1851 - 1887 Australasian Steam Navigation Company
             1887 - 1960s Australasian United Steam Navigation Company Ltd

Published resources


  • Parsons, Ronald, A pioneer Australian steamship company: a history of the Hunter's River S.N.Co. and the Australasian Steam Navigation Company, Ronald Parsons, Lobethal, South Australia, 1990, 74 pp. Details

Online Resources

See also

Ailie Smith