Fonds - Job Brothers & Co. Limited fonds

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Job Brothers & Co. Limited fonds

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  • Variations in title: Previously entitled Job Brothers papers
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  • 1818-1964 (Creation)
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    Job Brothers & Co. Limited

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1.5 m of textual records

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(1818-1964)

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Originating in Devon, Job became a prominant business family operating in St. John's and Liverpool through the 19th and 20th centuries. They were involved in importing goods, exporting fish, sealing, mining, timber and manufacturing. John Job came to Newfoundland in 1780 as an apprentice and later partner of Samuel Bulley, a merchant from Devonshire. In 1809 Bulley, Job and Company moved their business and residences to Liverpool. By 1839 other family members were involved in the company, which operated under the name of Job Brothers and Company (in St. John's) and Job Brothers in Liverpool. Shipping was the major occupation of the company, which owned a fleet of ships to transport salt, coal, and general cargo to St. John's and shipped salt codfish to the West Indies and Brazil, returning to Great Britain with sugar. They also sent vessels to the annual seal hunt. Partners in the business in 1939 were Robert Job and Thomas Bulley Job in St. John's and Samuel Job and John Job Jr. in Liverpool. Both Robert and Thomas Bulley Job became prominent in business and political life in St. John's. A succession of partnerships occurred during the next 150 years during which the company was in business. They were involved in the Labrador fishery and had plants at L'Anse au Loup, Blanc Sablon and Forteau in the first decade of the twentieth century. At the same time they also diversified into timber, mining, manufacturing and processing. In 1945 Northlantic Fisheries Ltd. under the direction of Hazen A. Russell acquired 60% of the company's shares, and was operating fish plants at Grand Bank, St. John's, Englee, St. Anthony and Bonavista. Russell left Job Brothers and took over ownership of the plants at Grand Bank and Bonavists and the remaining premises were sold off. The plant in St. John's closed in 1967. Job Brothers were involved in a number of other companies, including Standard Manufacturing, Newfoundland Marine Insurance, Colonial Cordage, Blue Peter Steamships, Blue Buoy Foods.

Source: From "The Job Family and Its Business Concerns in Newfoundland" by Randall Godden, 1974. (MHA 103-D-5-5) and the Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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These papers cover four generations of the Job business, and reflect its diverse interests and holdings. The business records consist mainly of balance sheets and directors' reports, and reveal the many subsidiary concerns in which the family and its parent companies had invested. The papers also contain many legal documents, including examples of nineteenth century indentures, mining leases, property conveyances, share certificates, agreements and leases. Series 11-13 deal largely with the Liverpool side of the family, Samuel Job and Robert Hugh Job in particular, and in their capacity as executors of wills. Three photographs were found with the collection, one of Indian Harbour, c.1892, and two of 'Corner Bank House, Bell Tower and Fish Store, Winter House where S.D.G. was born June 8, 1890', one of which was taken in 1928 and the other at an earlier date.

The papers are arranged in fourteen series: Property in St. John's and Newfoundland, 1818-1916; Ledger, 1856-1882 (this is a separate accession which was added to the Job Family fonds); Stores, 1892-1952; Mines and mineral resources interests, 1889-1930; Timber interests, 1906-1912; Shipping and fisheries, miscellaneous, 1854-1942; Steamship and fisheries companies, 1913-1964; Business interests, miscellaneous, 1920-1952; Manufacturing and processing, 1914-1941; Job companies, 1907-1963; Miscellaneous family papers, 1847-1946; Cooke estate papers, 1839-1852; Howell papers, 1874-1887; Thomas R. Job estate, 1918-1925.

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Created - May 15, 2013

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  • English

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