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Doing well and doing good : Ross & Glendining, Scottish enterprise in New Zealand

Author: S R H Jones; New Zealand. Ministry for Culture and Heritage.
Publisher: Dunedin, N.Z. : Otago University Press, 2010.
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"During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries large numbers of Scots emigrted to seek their fortunes around the world. Better educated than the English and with a strong Presbyterian ethic, they were unusually successful in business and politics. This was true for New Zealand as elsewhere. Two contrasting characters - Caithness-born John Ross and Robert Glendining, from Dumfries - founded Ross & Glendining Ltd in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: S R H Jones; New Zealand. Ministry for Culture and Heritage.
ISBN: 9781877372742 1877372749
OCLC Number: 550538796
Notes: "Published with the assistance of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage"--T.p. verso.
Description: 422 p., [32] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Sect. 1. From Scotland to New Zealand. --
1. Scottish foundations --
2. Early days in Dunedin --
3. Developing the warehouse business --
Sect. 2. Diversificiation & consolidation. --
4. the 1870s investment boom and the growth of the firm --
5. Mill owners and manufacturers --
6. Branching out --
7. Sheep farming and early development of Lauder Station --
8. Gaining a national foothold --
Sect. 3. Expansion against the odds. --
9. Conflict, 1889-1900 --
10. Government land policy and the retreat from sheep farming, 1892-1909 --
11. Struggle for expansion --
Roslyn Mills, 1900-1914 --
12. Struggle for expansion --
The factories, 1900-1914 --
13. Struggle for expansion --
Warehouses, 1900-1914 --
14. London, 1900-1914 --
Sect. 4. Wartime and after. --
15. Making money in wartime --
16. Readjustment and retrenchment, 1919-1926 --
17. The end of an era --
Sect. 5. Second generation. --
18. Depression and recovery, 1926-1939 --
19. Government controls in war and peace --
20. Too little, too late --
21. Endgame, 1963-1966 --
Epilogue.
Other Titles: Scottish enterprise in New Zealand
Ross & Glendining
Responsibility: S.R.H Jones.

Abstract:

"During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries large numbers of Scots emigrted to seek their fortunes around the world. Better educated than the English and with a strong Presbyterian ethic, they were unusually successful in business and politics. This was true for New Zealand as elsewhere. Two contrasting characters - Caithness-born John Ross and Robert Glendining, from Dumfries - founded Ross & Glendining Ltd in Dunedin in 1862, during the gold rush. At one stage the country's largest manufacturer and home of many popular clothing and knitwear brands, R&G was initially a drapery importing business, which opened branches throughout New Zealand and warehouses in all the main centres. Careful management and efficient systems enabled the business to grow, despite strong competition from Australia. After the investment boom of the 1870s, it diversifies, investing in sheep runs, a woollen mill, other manufacturing, and even a coal mine. This history offers a portrait of a firm over a hundred-year peiod - its growth, decline and demise - and a window on the developing New Zealand economy and emergence of a modern manufacturing sector"--Back cover.

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