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Wednesday, 21 October 1914

Goods Available

According to the Board of Trade Journal just to hand, British manufacturers are seeking markets for the following: -


Blankets, cotton.

Bottles, glass, for chemists and doctors.

Brassware, plumbing, and water fittings.


Card clothing, for textile industry.

Cheap leatherette papers.

Clocks and watches, general and electric.

Clothing, tailor-made costumes, rubberless rainproof goods.

Cotton cloths ( sometimes called " velours" or "Duvetyn").



Dyes, aniline and vegetable.

Electrical apparatus.

Electrical hair dryers.

Electrical massage vibrators.

Embossing and stamping machines for paper.


Fancy goods.

Fireclay goods.



Glassware, bevelled mirror plates.

Glove fasteners.

Gloves and chamois leather.

Gold lace.

Glazed" presspahn."

Lamps, metal filament, arc, and vaporized oil.

Machine parts.

Machinery for making lace, boots, and paper.


Motor-car fittings and accessories.

Paints, varnishes, red and white lead, &c.

Paper, grease-proof bags, packing, insulating, &c.

Photographic appliances and accessories.

Polishes, boot, floor, and metal.

Rubber goods.

Scientific instruments.

Vacuum cleaners.

Australian firms interested in any of the above-mentioned articles are invited to communicate with His Majesty's Trade Commissioner (Mr. G. T. Milne), Commerce House, Flinders-street, with a view to being put in touch with the manufacturers in Great Britain.

That is all right, but I think it is worth while for the Ministry to consider whether they should not take immediate steps, and as effective steps as may be possible in the circumstances, to make the fact known widely to Great Britain, other parts of the Empire, and other parts of the world where there may be a likely market for those classes of raw material which Australia has been sending out in very large quantities hitherto, and for which we have lost a considerable portion of our markets owing to the war. I bring the matter under the notice of the Minister representing the Minister of Trade and Customs, because it seems to me that if the war is to have this effect, and we in Australia are to be asked to assist in this way the manufacturers in Great Britain and at the other side of the world, we might also look for a quid pro quo, and expect them to assist us if they can by absorbing certain quantities of our raw material, which we are able to supply, and, as I said, the markets for which we have been robbed of very largely owing to the war.

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