NSW Government Logo
  askGovernment | | contact us | indexes online | keyname search | photo search   

Search Options Help

» How to use

» Search tips

» More

State Records Archives Investigator
Agency Detail
 Shopping Cart
No selected items 
Print Record   Decrease Font Size   Increase Font Size
Please note the administrative history information provided on the State Records Authority website is limited in scope and is not intended to be exhaustive. The administrative histories for government agencies found on State Records’ website are intended to provide general information relating to a government body or agency, changes to organisational structure, governance, purpose and may also include details of relevant information and changes made to it from time to time. Major structural or functional changes are generally included to assist in understanding the context of the records held as State archives. For specific information the relevant government body or agency should be contacted directly.

Agency number: 1626
Title: Sydney Tramroad and Railway Company Provisional Committee
Start date: 11 Sep 1848
End date: 13 Nov 1849
Category: Private
Creation: Public Meeting
Abolition: General Meeting of Shareholders

Administrative history note: 'Sydney Railway Company' Provisional Committee

On September 11 1848 a meeting was convened at the offices of the Gas Company in Sydney to obtain public support for a railway venture by issuing a prospectus. A committee was formed to make preliminary arrangements of the establishment of "The Australian, Southern and Western Railway Company". The Committee consisted of -

Mr Cowper (Chairman) , Wm. Bowman, Daniel Cooper, H.T. Hood, Charles Kemp, Robert Lowe, A. Moses, T.A. Murray,
H. O'Brien, F. Rossi, Thomas Rankin, Frederick Darvall, T. Iceley, Jno. Lamb, S. Lyons, George McLeay, Charles Nicholson, Jas. N Oxley, Jas. Simmons, Jas. Byrnes, T. Holt jnr, Arth. Jeffreys, Wm. Lithgow, A. Michie, T.S. Mort,
Geo. Oakes, Rob. Porter, H. G. Smith, Wm. Walker, G.Weston

Local committees were formed at Bathurst, Goulburn, Parramatta, Queanbeyan, and Yass to attract investors among the pastoralists while the central committee in Sydney recruited notable businessmen. On 24 November the "Prospectus of the Sydney Tramroad and Railway Company" was published. (The tramroad refers to the intention to build an experimental line of tramway in the neighbourhood of the City).

On 13 November 1849 the general meeting of shareholders formed the Sydney Railway Company and elected the following Directors to form its first Board -

C. Cowper, C. Kemp, C. Nicholson, Jno. Lamb, Wm. Bradley, Danl. Cooper jnr

The provisional committee ceased to exist.


Rae, John, Commissioner for Railways, 'Report on the Origin and Progress of the Railways of New South Wales, from 1846 to 1864 inclusive', in the Votes and Proceedings of the Legislative Assembly during the session 1865-66, Volume 2


Preceding agencies:

Succeeding agencies:
1159 Sydney Railway Company starts 13 Nov 1849 

Superior agencies:

Subordinate agencies:

Related agencies:

Functions exercised by this agency:
11 Infrastructure and Communications  11 Sep 1848 ~ 13 Nov 1849 

Organisations controlling this agency:

Persons related to this agency:

Record series created by this agency:
12881 Minutes of meetings of directors [Sydney Railway Company]  11 Sep 1848 ~ 13 Nov 1849 
15281 Outwards correspondence  01 Jan 1848 ~ 31 Dec 1850 
15282 Inwards correspondence  18 Apr 1848 ~ 23 Dec 1848 
15504 Disbursements of the Sydney Tramroad and Railway Company Provisional Committee and the Sydney Railway Company  24 Nov 1848 ~ 13 Nov 1849 
17424 Sydney Railway Company Registers of Shares  07 Nov 1848 ~ 13 Nov 1849 
17425 Sydney Railway Company Stock Ledger  07 Nov 1848 ~ 13 Nov 1849 
17430 Cash books [Sydney Railway Company]  07 Nov 1848 ~ 13 Nov 1849 
17442 Capital account ledgers [Railways]  01 Jan 1849 ~ 13 Nov 1849 
17445 Survey report and plans of Francis Webb Shields, civil engineer  10 Nov 1849 ~ 10 Nov 1849 

Record series controlled by this agency:

Return to previous pageReturn to Previous PageStart new searchStart new search