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The history of W C Peacock & Bro
The first mention I can find about Peacock is for 1897 in the Australian
Dictionary of Biography, 1988.
There has been mystery around the short lived nature of the company - new info has arrived - WC & CA Peacock were Englishmen based in Hawaii, and for some reason returned there after a short buisness venture in Australia (ozwrenches and Joe Hanke, Great Grandson of CA Peacock).
The Museum of Victoria in Melbourne has a model of a disc unit as fitted to the plough produced by the firm of W. C. Peacock & Bros. The design was first patented by C. A. Peacock in 1899 (v16253). Usually known in Australia as the Peacock plough. The first successful stump jump disc plough to be used in Australia. Model made by H. V. McKay Massey Harris Pty. Ltd., Sunshine, Victoria. (3)
Walter Chamberlain Peacock & Corbert Alfred Peacock were brothers originally from Lancashire in England. Corbet ran the business in Australia for about 3 years and then returned to Hawaii (4)
W C Peacock was the assignee of several patents for the short while that the WCP & Bro company, ploughmakers of Melbourne were in business. It appears Peacock was an investor in this regard, backing inventors such as Samuel Fyfe for inventions of can and bottle labelling machines and James Barnicott Garde for his Rotary Disc Plow US Patent No. 619,560, dated February 14,1899. (5)
"The wealthy Honolulu landowner, Walter Chamberlain Peacock, in an effort to establish a fine resort in the previously neglected Waikiki area of Honolulu, incorporated the Moana Hotel Company in 1896. Working with a design by architect Oliver G. Traphagen and $150,000 in capital, The Lucas Brothers contractors completed the structure in 1901. Construction of The Moana marked the beginning of tourism in Waikiki, becoming the first hotel amidst the bungalows and beach houses." (6)
Advertising by T Robinson & Co mentions Peacock ploughs and winnowers etc from 1903 to about 1910 - it would appear that the Peacock Bro sold their rights to TR & Co and hightailed it back to Hawaii around 1902-3, and that TR & Co kept the line going to at least 1910.
New information submitted dec 2017
"Notes from Moana Hotel in Oahu, Hawaii:
The wife of Leland Stanford Jr. who founded Stanford University, Jane Stanford was poisoned to death 28 Feb 1905 at the Moana Hotel
People there said it failed because of prohibition, but the dates don't match. Congress passed the Volstead Act on October 28, 1919--prohibition began 1920.
Arnold Chamove Palmerston North, NZ
My link with the family is through Corbet's daughter Margaret who married a Raphael in San Francisco, California, USA"
1. "M. Hallett, 'Quinlivan, Thomas (1842? - 1920)', Australian Dictionary
of Biography, Volume 11, Melbourne University Press, 1988, pp 317-318
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W. C. P. & Bro "S" shaped spanner- about 11.5" long.© Ozwrenches
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