BURNS PHILP & COMPANY LIMITED - THE FOUNDERS - Merchants and Shipowners

The original Burns Philp Head Office Building in Bridge Street, Sydney

The flag to open this page flew from the mast of each of her ships and identified many buildings large and small across the South Pacific. Here are a few below photographed in the early to mid sixties. A Queensland Insurance agency sign such as BP and QI Agency Wayevo, Taveuni, Fiji was invariably attached prominently to each of those buildings with the exception of Pago Pago that was with our sister company, Bankers and Traders Insurance that then had a license to operate in United States Territories.

Burns Philp's Sydney Building Burns Philp Suva Fiji Burns Philp Lautoka Fiji Burns Philp Labasa Fiji Burns Philp Ba Fiji Burns Philp Levuka Fiji Burns Philp Taveuni Fiji Burns Philp Port Vila, New Hebrides Burns Philp Nuku'alofa Tonga Burns Philp Va'vau Tonga Burns Philp Pango Pango American Samoa Burns Philp Apia Western Samoa

The Motor Vessel "Bulolo" pride of Burns Philp Fleet.

Serving with distinction during the 2nd World War "Bulolo" plied the Papua and New Guinea run, generally departing from Sydney and calling at Brisbane, Port Moresby, Lae, Rabaul returning to Sydney via Port Moresby. An enterprising photographer would take photos of ships calling at Sydney and then go aboard to sell them to the crew. This picture was taken in 1948 and purchased by the webmaster who was a crew member at that time. Ten years later in 1958 our Don Granter travelled to Papua New Guinea aboard her as a passenger to take up a posting at QI Lae, beginning his seventeen year service representing Queensland Insurance in PNG and the Solomon Islands.

Burns Philp's MV Bulolo

The Steam Ship "Morinda"

An elder of the Fleet, here is a snapshot of some of the webmaster's experiences aboard her in 1948-49 followed by some photographs taken at the time.

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