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Doing Well and Doing Good

Ross and Glendining : Scottish Enterprise in New Zealand

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Doing Well and Doing Good by S.R.H. Jones
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During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries large numbers of Scots emigrated 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 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 seventies, it diversified, 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 period - its growth, decline and demise - and a window on the developing New Zealand economy and emergence of a modern manufacturing sector.

Author Biography

S.R.H. Jones is an honorary research fellow in the Department of Economic Studies, University of Dundee. He has taught at universities in England, Australia, New Zealand and the US and began this book while working as Director of the Centre for Business History at the University of Auckland. Much of his research draws on the business archives held by the Hocken Collections at the University of Otago.
Release date Australia
January 1st, 2010
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Pages
422
Illustrations
b/w photos & illus
Country of Publication
New Zealand
Imprint
Otago University Press
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Dimensions
235x155x28
ISBN-13
9781877372742
Product ID
3213293

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