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The Cascade Brewery Co Ltd (1883 - )

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Location: Hobart, Tasmania

Registered in Tasmania in 1883, the company was taken over by Industrial Equity Limited in 1985. In 1922 the brewing interests of J. Boag & Sons (1911) Ltd of Launceston were acquired.

Peter Degraves, an Englishman, built the Cascade Brewery in 1824, on a land grant of 2,500 acres on the slopes of Mt. Wellington, in Hobart, Tasmania. It is the oldest brewery still operating in Australia. The Cascade Brewery Company Ltd was formed to purchase the assets and business of Degraves and was incorporated in Tasmania on 26 May 1883. In 1933, Cascade Brewery acquired Traders Pty Ltd and in 1957 took over J. Boag and Son (1911) Ltd. Other acquisitions have been Burgess Bros Ltd (1964), Irvine and McEachern Pty Ltd (1970), Port Huon Fruitgrowers Co-operative Ltd (1971), and Chancellor H. & S. Pty Ltd (1983).
Control of the company changed hands in January 1984 when Industrial Equity Ltd., acquired a controlling interest in the company.
In January 1985 the company entered the field of tourism with the acquisition of a 72.8% interest in Four Seasons Ltd, the largest motel operator in Tasmania with outlets at Cairns (Queensland), Mildura (Victoria) and Yulara Ayers Rock (N.T).
Following the successful takeover bid by Cascade (Tasmania) Pty Ltd, the company was removed from the Australian Stock Exchange on June 26, 1985.
Sources used to compile this entry: Original data from D. Terwiel, S. P. Ville and G. A. Fleming, Australian Business Records: An Archival Guide, Canberra : Australian National University, Faculty of Economics and Commerce, Dept. of Economic History, 1998. Subsequent information provided by RMIT, MBIT student, Catherine Nolan.

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Created: 1 December 1999
Modified: 6 May 2005

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