- Correspondence and list of employees 1931;
- Secretary's file 1937-1953;
- Financial papers with correspondence 1941-1963;
- Correspondence and reports relating to a new Australian factory 1960-1962;
- Correspondence 1964-1967;
- Birkmyre Canvas Co (Pty) Ltd correspondence and accounts 1941-1948.
Records of the Gourock Ropes and Canvas Co Ltd, rope makers and textile manufacturers, Australia (including Birkmyre Canvas Co (Pty) Ltd)
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- ReferenceGB 248 UGD 042/6/7
- Dates of Creation1931-1967
- Name of Creator
- Physical Description0.6 metresThere are no physical characteristics that affect the use of this material.
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Administrative / Biographical History
The Gourock Ropeworks Co, rope makers and textile manufacturers, Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, Scotland, created the wholly owned subsidiary Gourock Ropes & Canvas Ltd in 1888 to deal with overseas trade. The first branch was opened in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1888, followed by a branch in Sydney, Australia in 1902 . Subsequent Australian branches were opened in Melbourne and Brisbane. Prior to 1920 the Sydney office also covered New Zealand after which time a separate office was established in Wellington, New Zealand.
The Australian branches produced the famous Birkmyre waterproof canvas that soon became well known in the country to the extent that all canvas in Australia, regardless of its manufacturer, were referred to as "Birkmyres". In order to allow the company to trade in made-up canvas goods, a subsidiary company, Birkmyre Canvas Co (Pty) Ltd was established in 1940 . Factories were opened in Sydney and Melbourne, and after considerable initial difficulties due to the prevailing wartime conditions, operations were begun. The Sydney offices of both companies were vacated in 1952 and transferred to Concord, Australia. The companies appear to have ceased trading in the late 1960s and the Gourock Ropes & Canvas Ltd was dissolved in 1999 .
Source: GB 248 UGD 42/11/8/3 The Gourock Brochure (1954)
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Gourock Ropeworks Co Ltd : Port Glasgow : c.1971
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The bulk of this material was received directly from the creator by the Economic History Department, Glasgow University in c1971. Management of the collection transferred to Glasgow University Archives in 1975.
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