Records of Reid Bros (Johannesburg) Ltd, exporters of mining material and machinery, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Memorandum and articles of association 1896, 1917
  • Stock sheets 1915-1916
  • Share certificate book 1896-1918
  • Financial records 1913-1918
  • Correspondence1913-1920

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1887  , Joseph Reid and William Hutchison, merchants of Glasgow, Scotland, established a firm as mine and colliery suppliers for the South African trade. At this time, Joseph Reid was already active in furnishing engineering works and collieries with machinery through his company, Reid Bros , based in St Enoch's Square, Glasgow. In 1889  , the Reid-Hutchison partnership was converted into a joint stock company, Reid Bros (Johannesburg) Ltd with its registered offices situated in Glasgow and the principle share holders being the former partners. The company developed its trade in Southern Africa with offices in Johannesburg and Durban, South Africa, and acting as agents for Scottish and English companies exporting engineering machinery and parts. When William Hutchison died his shares in the company passed to Joseph Reid, and upon his death the shares were distributed among his family, most of whom were directors and shareholders in Reid Bros (Glasgow) Ltd , the successor company of Reid Bros.

In 1918  , Reid Brothers (Johannesburg) Ltd was transferred to Reid Bros (South Africa) Ltd with its registered offices being in Johannesburg. This company was converted into a public company in 1946 and in 1969  was acquired by African Oxygen Ltd , Johannesburg, who purchased the entire ordinary share capital of the company.


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Access Information


Acquisition Information

Permanent loan : Reid Bros (Glasgow) Ltd : Glasgow : 1988 : ACCN 0112

Other Finding Aids

Digital file level list available in searchroom

Manual file level list available at the National Registers of Archives in Edinburgh (NRA(S)) and London (NRA)

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Custodial History

Held by Reid Bros (Glasgow) Ltd


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Additional Information

This material is original

Compiled by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 10 February 2003

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