Prospectus of the Australian Gas-Light Company. AUSTRALIAN GAS-LIGHT COMPANY.
Prospectus of the Australian Gas-Light Company.
Prospectus of the Australian Gas-Light Company.

Prospectus of the Australian Gas-Light Company.

Sydney: Printed by H. Bull, Colonist Office, Sydney, September 1, 1836.

Four foolscap folded leaves, some wear, as usual, at folds.

"Pipes &c to be conveyed by convict ship free of charge"

Scarce early prospectus, printed in Sydney, for "the lighting of this large, increasing, and opulent metropolis with Gas." The Board includes H.C. Wilson, Thomas Shadforth, A.B. Spark and Rev. Ralph Mansfield as Honorary Secretary. Although the colony had a significant number of free settlers, its population was still being augmented by transported convicts. A census held on 2 September 1836, the day after the prospectus was published, put the population of the County of Cumberland (Sydney and suburbs) at a little under 40,000. Although the eight miles of piping initially proposed was to light "George Street only", the Directors foresaw the re-investment of profits to develop the system, claiming "TWO YEARS INCOME WOULD MORE THAN RE-FUND THE ENTIRE OUTLAY"!.

Scarce early prospectus, printed in Sydney, for "the lighting of this large, increasing, and opulent metropolis with Gas." The Board includes H.C. Wilson, Thomas Shadforth, A.B. Spark and Rev. Ralph Mansfield as Honorary Secretary. Although the colony had a significant number of free settlers, its population was still being augmented by transported convicts. A census held on 2 September 1836, the day after the prospectus was published, put the population of the County of Cumberland (Sydney and suburbs) at a little under 40,000. Although the eight miles of piping initially proposed was to light "George Street only", the Directors foresaw the re-investment of profits to develop the system, claiming "TWO YEARS INCOME WOULD MORE THAN RE-FUND THE ENTIRE OUTLAY"!.
The prospectus invites investors to imagine 'the pleasure of perambulating its streets, when thus brilliantly illuminated'. Its other promised advantages were increased safety for night-time pedestrians and increased night-time trade. The Colony was in transition. The Australian Gas-Light Company went on to build a gasworks to manufacture gas from coal on the eastern shore of Darling Harbour, and supplied this gas to the central city. It later built other gasworks and extended its network of pipes across the suburbs.

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