The City of Melbourne Building Society Scrip issued to Thomas Job Esq.
57 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
11 October 1886
1 Share
Capital: [Not listed] at 25 Pounds each
Certificate No. 2494

Obverse Description

Printed on white stock, black printed lettering and black, handwritten text. Elaborate cartouche at left side of page bears company details.


The scrip is significant as an example of the extensive land speculation that occurred in Melbourne in the 1880s.

The society was one of several financial institutions controlled by Matthew Davies, parliamentary member for St Kilda and then Toorak. Davies' financial empire collapsed in the early 1890s, leaving him bankrupt and investors with losses of over 4 million pounds. The society's imposing building, erected in 1888, still stands at the corner of Elizabeth and Little Collins Streets.

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