A set of strip-dex indices to the various entities it registered was created by the Companies Office at some time in the 1960s using different colours for each one. As an entity was removed from the register its strip was removed from the index and placed in the (consolidated) defunct index. The active indices were computerised in the early 1990s by the ASC and the strip-dex versions destroyed. Some time thereafter this index was photocopied (thus losing the ability to identify types of entity by strip colour) and the original was also destroyed.
There are discrepancies in this series arising from a number of causes. Some are clearly typographical errors, such as the Queensland company JOC Pty Ltd which appears in this index as RC 17,665. In the Companies Register that number is allocated to "Siesta Food Products P/L" and in the Business Names Register it is "Vitality Health Foods". There is no file in SC331 at this company number and a search based on transposition of the digits has not found the correct number for the company.
Companies frequently changed their name and in theory the strip for the old name will be in this index with a notation as to the change but this did not always happen. This is compounded where one company took the name formerly used by another company. Airlines of Tasmania was originally a Victorian company (VF14,652). When it changed its name the Tasmanian company Air Tasmania Commuters P/L (T11,869) adopted the name Airlines of Tasmania P/L.
The Archives office holds files for most of the companies that appear in this index and for many that do not as they ceased trading before it was created. In addition the Office holds the older parts of files for many companies that are still trading.
Business Names were less formal entities than companies and this is reflected in a more cavalier attitude to registration, ie: the fact that a Name expires or is cancelled does not mean that the Business ceased trading. The builder and contractor D Williams registered his name as a Firm in 1940 then as a Business Name in 1964 (No 5508). The business passed to his son in 1967 who finally cancelled the registration in 1986 although continuing to trade as D Williams.
This index also includes former Trade Unions that had been registered solely under Tasmanian legislation.
Deregistered Associations, which are still held by the Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading Division of the Department of Justice, are also found in this index.
Other entities, such as Friendly Societies, Building Societies, Banks and Insurance Companies, previously dealt with under their own specific legislation, were brought under the Companies Act in 1962 and so are not identified separately in the index.
These records are part of the holdings of the Tasmanian Archives