Collection: Duncan Stewart & Co Ltd (GUAS Ref: UGD 52)
Duncan Stewart & Co Ltd was an engineering and sugar machinery manufacturing company in Bridgeton, Glasgow. This is a page from a Duncan Stewart & Co Ltd brochure showing a cane crushing mill, which was one of two mills supplied to Haughton Sugar Company in Australia.
(GUAS Ref: UGD 52/1/2/8 p6. Copyright reserved.)
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Collection: Steven & Struthers Ltd (GUAS Ref: UGD 17)
Steven & Struthers Ltd were founded in 1868 and specialised in the making of bronze propellers and bells. The company ceased to trade in the late 1950s.
This is an image of a bell order book showing details of an order made by Mirlees Watson & Co in November 1883 for a 32 inch bell for a church at Maryborough, Queensland, Australia. Mirlees Watson & Co was a sugar machinery manufacturing company based in Glasgow. There were many sugar cane estates in Queensland and it is likely that the company would have supplied machinery to these estates. It is possible that they ordered this bell on behalf of a customer. The order book provides details of the dimensions of the bell and how it was constructed.
View larger image (GUAS Ref: UGD 17/2/1 p160. Copyright reserved.)
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Collection: William Younger & Co Ltd (GUAS Ref: WY)
William Younger & Co Ltd became a registered limited liability company in 1887, however, the roots of this company can be traced back to 1749 when tradition has it that William Younger I, aged 16, set up a brewery in Kirkgate, Leith, Scotland. By 1891 the company was producing 400,000 barrels of beer per year and by 1907 the brewery covered 27 acres and brewed a quarter of all the ale produced in Scotland.
In the 1880s William Younger had 59 overseas agencies abroad from Adelaide to Zanzibar, as well as a network of agents and travellers to secure orders. The William Younger collection contains books of correspondence and notes on a variety of topics, including export markets such as San Francisco, Adelaide, Vancouver Island and Bombay. Some of the notes on the state of exports highlight problems with shipping beer abroad such as leaking casks, beer arriving in bad condition, rats gnawing casks and the constant risk of shipwreck.
These are images of a letter sent by Frank Drake of Dalgety & Co Ltd in Melbourne to Mr Henry Younger in 1899. It describes the wet summer being the cause of poor beer sales in Australia that year. He mentions how Mr Younger’s people ‘have been shipping more freely than usual’, which, along with the ‘very wet and cold’ weather, has led to increased amounts of stock that is ‘impossible to sell’.
(GUAS Ref: WY 7/6/3 p1. Copyright reserved.)
Second page of the above letter.
(GUAS Ref: WY 7/6/3 p2. Copyright reserved.)
Third page of the above letter.
(GUAS Ref: WY 7/6/3 p3. Copyright reserved.)
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Collection: Glasgow University Ninth Jubilee Congratulatory Addresses (GUAS Ref: DC 184)
During the University’s Ninth Jubilee celebrations in 1901 many Universities around the world sent congratulatory addresses, telegrams, and letters of greetings. The University of Sydney sent a greeting in Latin on a piece of parchment.
(GUAS Ref: DC 184 Copyright reserved.)
For further information on the Glasgow University Ninth Jubilee Congratulatory Addresses archive, please see the online catalogue.