Records of Helibut Symons & Co, rubber agents, Colombo, Ceylon

Scope and Content


  • Administrative records.

Administrative / Biographical History

Helibut Symons & Co, merchants,  London, England appointed in  James Finlay & Co Ltd June 1910 , textile manufacturers, tea planters, and merchants,  Glasgow, Scotland as their agents in  Sri Lanka to buy raw rubber on their behalf. The two companies also negotiated extensively to trade in Bombay pearls.  Helibut Symons & Co's directors in  1910  were  Samuel Helibut,  Frederic Charles Pusinelli, and  Herman Reimers.


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Related Material

See also GB 248 UGD 091/1/7/3 for Colombo branch records; and GB 248 UGD 091/1/6/1-2 for staff records.

Material in other repositories: GB 059 Finlay Campbell & Co and Finlay Muir & Co (British Library: Oriental and India Office Collections)


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Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999and National Council on Archives, Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Collection catalogued by members of Glasgow University Archive Services staff. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant (Cataloguing), May 2012. Additional material catalogued and converted into Encoded Archival Description by Peter Morphew, Cataloguing Archivist, January 2016.