VAN UGANDA, Queensland — The Viking packing box has been the stuff of legend since the 1950s.
Now, the Australian export packaging company is selling the last surviving Viking packaging box in Australia.
A Viking shipment of 6,600 boxes, valued at more than $3 million, is expected to be on display in Brisbane at the Queensland Museum on Saturday.
It is believed the boxes were transported from the United States by the family of Captain James Cook to the Queensland town of Coorparoo in 1855.
Captain James Cook, who was the first to sail the Atlantic Ocean in 1807, was a prominent member of the Royal Society and a key figure in the rise of the British Empire.
Captain Cook sailed with the Royal Navy and later became a member of Parliament.
In 1893, after the British Civil War ended, he became the first person to set foot on the South Australian mainland.
His descendants are now in Australia, where they run a shipping business.
The boxes are currently in storage in Brisbane, while the auction house that has the contract to sell them has agreed to hold an online auction in January.
“This is a very special time for the Viking community, the first Viking shipment,” said Viking Chief Executive Officer Peter Smeeth.
“We have a great deal of historical significance in the Australian economy, as we’ve been exporting a lot of our products since the 18th century.”
The boxes were originally shipped by the British and were delivered to the family at their home in Queensland.
The Viking packaged goods in Queensland were mainly produced in Australia and exported by Viking International in the United Kingdom.
Viking International’s main business was to ship the goods of the First World War, the First Great Fire of 1777 and the Battle of Sydney in 1803.
But by the time Captain Cook sailed on his first voyage to Australia, he had already made a name for himself as a global adventurer.
The first Vikings sailed to Australia in 1817, and their voyage began in Sydney, with Captain Cook returning to England in 1820.
He was also a pioneer in the field of shipbuilding, building vessels such as the Queen Mary and the Queen Victoria.
The family also included some of the first Australians to cross the Pacific Ocean and settle on New Zealand, with a ship sailing from New Zealand to Australia.
Vikings also built a thriving trade empire around the world.
Its business was also boosted by the discovery of rare and valuable natural resources such as coal and gold.
Its chief executive officer said the Viking family had been fortunate to live on a “very active seafaring life” for so long.
“There are so many great memories that come with that, including the ship that sailed from New York to Australia and back in 1810, for example,” he said.
Vogging International, which has been based in Queensland since 1995, has already built a major manufacturing facility on the Port of Darwin, with the export of the boxes expected to bring more than 1,000 jobs to the region.
The company said it was still waiting for the auction to start, and that it would be hosting a press conference to announce the successful auction.
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