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Rapid Wire system (and some pneumatic tube apparatus?) at Lamson's office in Auckland. Photograph courtesy of Maria Bennett

Mr William M. O'Regan of Sydney, a candidate for the New South Wales parliament, visited New Haven CT in May 1883. He noted the Lamson cash carrier system in use at Malley's (his relative and schoolmate) and was so impressed that he intended to visit Lowell with a view to introducing it to the colony. Morning Journal and Courier [New Haven], 3 May 1883, p.2

In Australia, the Otago Witness, 16 May 1889, reported that 28 of the principal shops in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane had adopted the cash railway. Mr E.G.Rowlands of Melbourne was the sole proprietor of the invention for the Australasian colonies. It was introduced to New Zealand by Mr E.G.Emery and Mr G.S. Brodrick, manager of the Dunedin Loan and Finance Company, was the agent. The first installation was at the D.I.C. (Drapery Importing Company) in Dunedin in May 1889. There were five cable systems in the Dominion in 1913 when the one in William Pettie & Co. of Gisborne was installed by Mr E.A.Linton of the Lamson Despatch Co.

Mr C.O.Kemp was appointed as agent in Sydney and opened for business on 28 September, 1889. Lamson Engineering Australia Pty Ltd was established as a branch of its London parent in 1901. Pneumatic tube systems reached Australia in 1908. In 1936, 25 shares in the British company were held by Herbert Victor Prentice (manager) of 9/13 Queen Street, Sydney, NSW. The amalgamation of the Lamson Store Service Co. and Lamson Pneumatic Tube Co. into the Lamson Engineering Co. Ltd. in 1937 applied in Australia also. Argus (Melbourne) 10 Apr. 1937, p.20.

The Lamson Despatch Company (NZ) bcame another branch in 1905. The representative engineer in 1906 was Mr H.C.Cambridge: he subsequently spent three years in Australia and returned in 1913. Originally the head office was in Wellington but in 1963 it relocated to Auckland and a branch was established in Christchurch. In 2012 it was bought from Lamson Australia but retained the Lamson name and is now Lamson New Zealand.


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