Unit History: Metcalfe Shipping Co
METCALFE, MICHAEL (1813-1890), merchant and customs agent, was born on 4 October 1813 at Tranby, Yorkshire, England, son of Michael Metcalfe, shipowner, and his wife Ann, nee Bell. Educated for commerce, he went to sea and by 1831 was working at St Katherine Docks, London. In July 1837 he arrived in the Achilles at Sydney, where he became a customs agent and later a partner of James Powell. About 1857 he formed Michael Metcalfe & Co., shipping and insurance agents, and in 1862 was manager of Metcalfe’s Marine Assurance Co. In 1864 he took over the shipping agency of his brother John Bell, and in 1869 was joined by Joseph Henry Storey as partner. In 1839 Metcalfe had helped to form the Australasian Steam Navigation Co., being auditor and later a director till 1881.