Records of Reid Bros (South Africa) Ltd, importers of mining material and machinery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Scope and Content

  • Memorandum and articles of association 1918, 1926
  • Financial records 1918-1947
  • Correspondence 1926-1979
  • Photographs of company offices 1964, 1964
  • Sales records c1950s; sundry agreements, undated

Administrative / Biographical History

Reid Bros (Johannesburg) Ltd , exporters of mining material and machinery, Glasgow, Scotland, changed its name to Reid Bros (South Africa) Ltd in 1918  with its registered offices being in Johannesburg . This company was a subsidiary of Reid Bros (Glasgow) Ltd based in Glasgow who acted as suppliers of machinery to engineers and allied trades.

Reid Bros (South Africa) Ltd continued and built on the trade of Reid Bros (Johannesburg) Ltd who had offices in Johannesburg and Durban, South Africa. The company continued to act as agents for other Scottish and English companies who exported engineering machinery and parts as well as marketing equipment, accessories, tools and supplies for mining, manufacturing and construction industries. Various subsidiary companies operated the main company's business though out southern Africa. Reid Bros (Rhodesia) Ltd conducted the company's business in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) with branches in Salisbury, Bulawayo and Que Que; Reid Bros & Curtis Ltd operated in Zambia; and in Botswana through Reid Bros & Curtis (Botswana) (Pty) Ltd .

Reid Bros (South Africa) Ltd 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.


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

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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Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 248 procedures

Custodial History

Held by Reid Bros (Glasgow) Ltd


None expected

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Additional Information

This material is original

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

No alterations made to date

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