Commonwealth Key And Personal Property Registry is established in Sydney to help safeguard keys and personal property, such as fob watches, walking canes, etc.
The Register pays a reward of 5/- (5 Shillings – approx. 0.06 cents) to the finder of lost property returned, bearing the label. This results in a return rate of almost 100%.
One year after the Register is established, Australia becomes an Independent Nation on 1st January 1901.
Elsewhere in 1908
On 20 August 1908 well over half a million Sydneysiders turned out to watch the arrival of the United States (US) Navy’s ‘Great White Fleet’. For a city population of around 600,000 this was no mean achievement.
The largest gathering yet seen in Australia, it far exceeded the numbers that had celebrated the foundation of the Commonwealth just seven years before. Image:
The Great White Fleet arrives at Sydney 20 August 1908. (US Naval Historical Center) (Reference https://www.navy.gov.au/history/feature-histories/great-white-fleet’s-1908-visit-australia)
Australasian Key & Valuables Register Co, offering the same service as “Commonwealth Key” is established in Brisbane.
The Key Register continues to provide its service, as it undergoes a Change of Ownership.
Also in the 20’s: Bitumen roads are first laid in Melbourne, Construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge begins, Vegemite is produced and sold in Australia, Compulsory voting is brought in for Federal elections.
Tubular keys were invented in 1934 by the Chicago Lock company in Chicago, IL under the ACE Branding. Reference https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key_(lock)
The Register changes the reward to $1. Also in 1950’s: First Moomba parade, Queen Elizabeth 2 visits Melbourne, Degraves Street subway beneath Flinders Street constructed.
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A Change of Ownership occurs, December 1965.
A Change of Ownership takes place. The new Business owner who still owns the Register today now becomes the longest established owner since the Register inception.
The Register’s office upgrades its record keeping system from ledger books to computers. All customer records are manually transferred over.
Also in 1986: Lindy Chamberlain is released from prison in Darwin. Mike Tyson becomes the youngest Heavyweight Champion in history.
The Commonwealth Key & Property Register Turns 100! and in the same year … Australia hosts the Olympics for the second time, The games are held in Sydney, Australia celebrates its Centenary of Federation, Year of the Y2K problem / Millennium Bug.
The key register upgrades it’s reward, paid to the finder of lost keys, to $50.
The Commonwealth Key & Property Register is 1 of 25 privately owned Business’ in Australia, permitted to have “Commonwealth” in their business name.
In our case, it is due to the fact that we have traded since before Federation.