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Corporate entry Colonial Sugar Refining Company (1855 - 1974)

1 January 1855
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Food or beverage industry
Sydney, New South Wales


The Colonial Sugar Refining Company was founded in January 1855, replacing the Australian Sugar Company. The Company's main products were raw sugars, refined sugars and syrups. After more than one hundred years of operations, the Company became CSR Limited in 1974.


 1842 - 1855 Australian Sugar Company
       1855 - 1974 Colonial Sugar Refining Company
             1974 - CSR Limited

Related People

Archival resources

The Noel Butlin Archives Centre, ANU Archives Program

  • CSR Limited - Records, 1847 - 1994, various; The Noel Butlin Archives Centre, ANU Archives Program. Details

Published resources


  • Griggs, Peter D., Global Industry, Local Innovation: the History of Cane Sugar Production in Australia, 1820-1995 (Bern: Peter Lang, 2011), 928 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Bindon, George; Miller, David Philip, 'Sweetness and Light: Industrial Research in the Colonial Sugar Refining Company, 1855-1900' in Australian Science in the Making, R. W. Home, ed. (Sydney: Cambridge University Press, 1988), pp. 170-196. Details
  • Birch, A.; Blaxland, J. F., 'The Historical Background' in South Pacific Enterprise: The Colonial Sugar Refining Company Limited, Lowndes, A. G., ed. (Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1956), pp. 11-53. Details

Edited Books

  • Lowndes, A. G. ed., South Pacific enterprise: the Colonial Sugar Refining Company Limited (Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1956), 500 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Griggs, Peter, 'Australian Scientists, Sugar Cane Growers and the Search for New Gummosis-Resistant and Sucrose-Rich Varieties of Sugar Cane, 1890-1920', Historical Records of Australian Science, 14 (3) (2003), 291-311. Details
  • Griggs, Peter, 'Defeating Cane Diseases: Plant Pathologists and the Development of Disease Control Strategies in the Australian Sugar Cane Industry, 1920-1950', Historical Records of Australian Science, 18 (1) (2007), 43-73. Details


See also

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