- 1870 - 1943 (Creation)
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The Roadknights are inextricably linked to the early settler history of Geelong. Pastoralists, Real Estate Agents, Auctioneers, Woolbrokers etc., their name is indelibly connected to land and their pursuits have helped shape the region.
By c.1870 Roadknight & Co. appears to have begun formalised business operations, although the partnership Mackenzie, Roadknight & Co advertised livestock auctions in 1868.
The subdivision and sale of land comprised the bulk of the firm's business over multiple generations of the Roadknight and extended families. Business operations ceased following the death of Frank Cyril Roadknight.
Donated to Geelong Historical Society upon closing of Roadknight & Co. business c.1965, moved to Geelong Historical Records Centre c.1979 and arranged by archivist and others. No accession number known. (Source: The Investigator, vol. 18, no. 1, March 1983, pp. 26-30)
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Index at the beginning of item 1 includes names of land sellers, purchasers and townships/parishes in which the land was located
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Function or keywords Real estate business Quantity 5 volumes Disposal status and history Permanent private records Archival History Donated to Geelong Historical Society upon closing of Roadknight & Co. business c.1965, material moved to Geelong Historical Records Centre c.1979 and arranged by archivist and others. No accession number known. System of Arrangement Chronological with some gaps and overlap, see item descriptions. Purpose of each book needs to be examined in detail as they all appear to be arranged differently Access status Not yet examined References Investigator, vol. 18, no. 1, March 1983, pp. 26-30 (Provenance of the collection) Organisation/Agency description Previously know as Thos. Roadknight & Co. Approximately 1965 the business closed following the death of Frank Roadknight. The entire contents of Frank's office were offered to the Geelong Historical Society. Upon the establishment of the Geelong Historical Records Centre c.1976 - 1979 the mound of paper was sorted and inventoried under the supervision of Archivist, Norman Houghton (Source: Investigator, vol. 18, no. 1, March 1983, pp. 26-30). The Roadknight Collection comprises several series and includes maps, plans, sale notices, business papers, personal papers and photographs connected to many members of the Roadknight family and other related families.
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- Geelong Historical Society (Owner)