Guide to the Records of the Gourock Ropework & Co. (as filmed by the AJCP)


M2638 - M2639

National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Gourock Ropework & Company
Records of Gourock Ropework & Company (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1882 - 1971
Collection Number
M2638 - M2639
15 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

The records comprise financial papers, correspondence and legal papers relating to the company's operations in Australia and New Zealand. Correspondents include F.M. Munro, David Fell, George D. Cockburn, J. Matthews and A. Battye.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Access.

Conditions Governing Use

Readers wishing to publish or reproduce documents should seek permission, in the first instance, from the University of Glasgow. Archives and Special Collections.

For more information contact the University of Glasgow. Archives and Special Collections. [].

Preferred Citation

Acknowledgement of use of this material should refer to the University of Glasgow. Archives and Special Collections and to the Australian Joint Copying Project.

Items from this collection should include references to the University of Glasgow. Archives and Special Collections and to the AJCP nla.obj number, which serves as the online identifier for the digital copy.

Example: Gourock Ropework and Co, Series 42/39, Balance Sheets, 1932-1933, University of Glasgow. Archives and Special Collections. (AJCP ref:

Archival History

Material selectively filmed as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1990 (AJCP Reels: M2638-M2639). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

University of Glasgow. Archives and Special Collections. Glasgow, Scotland.

For further information see Glasgow University. Archives and Special Collections (

Existence and Location of Copies

The original AJCP microfilm of the records filmed from this collection is available at the National Library of Australia [] as well as other institutions holding AJCP microfilm.

The miscellaneous collections of the Archives Business Record Centre have been listed separately (

Finding-aid Notes

This finding aid is a revised online version of the original finding aid prepared by the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP), published by the National Library of Australia in 2018. The original AJCP finding aids were unpublished typescripts or photocopies available from libraries that held copies of the original microfilm.

Dates used in this finding aid refer to the date range of the records selected for filming rather than to the date range of the Series or Files.


Australia; Battye, A.; Business records; Cockburn, George D.; Fell, David; Gourock Ropework & Co; Matthews, J.; Munro, F.M.; New Zealand


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 194, p72.

Biographical / Historical

Founded in 1736 by Argyllshire fishermen to supply them with reliable ropes. In 1811 the works moved to Port Glasgow and the control passed into the hands of the Campbell and Birkmyre families. In 1903 the firm amalgamated with Lanark to form Gourock Rope Works Co. Ltd.

Item Descriptions

Series 42/39. Balance Sheets

Filmed selectively.

Gourock Ropework Export Co. Account Rendered Book. New Zealand no. 3. (27p.), October 1932 - April 1933 (File 39/3)

Gourock Ropework Export Co. Account Book. Australia no.5. (81p.), February 1931 - May 1933 (File 39/4)

Series 42/64. Miscellaneous Files

Australia: Secretarial General (381p.), 23 May 1937 - 17 December 1953 (File)

Correspondence with A.D. Battye, W. Lampond, Sydney Office, re organisation of company property, accounts, slow moving stock, appointment of Cockburn as head of Australian Organisation, effect of New south Wales Companies Act 1936, relations with Birkmore Canvas Co., Queensland Probate Duties Act.

Includes: Minutes and AGM of Birkmore Canvas Co. Pty. Ltd., 1951; memorandum and articles of association of Canvas Advisory Association Pty. Ltd., Sydney, 1939.

Gourock Ropes and Canvas Ltd. New Zealand (441p.), 1944 - 1955 (File 42/93/3)

Correspondence with F.M. Munro, Wellington Office re sales of canvas, financial affairs, annual report and accounts, movement of stock.

Filmed selectively.

Annual Report and Accounts for Port Glasgow, Africa and New Zealand branches., 1959 - 1960 (File 42/95/1)

Although listed, this material was not copied by the AJCP, as file 96/3 contains duplicate material.

Birkmyre Canvas Co. Pty. Ltd. Australia (359p.), 1959 - 1962 (File 42/96/3)

Correspondence with George D. Cockburn, David Fell (Sydney), re Birkmyre Canvas Co. Pty. Ltd., Gourock Ropes and Canvas Ltd. Australian Subsidiary.

Subjects include: New factory at Seven Hills, salary of Mr. bownes, works manager, reporto nvisit to Australia by D.L. Morgan, importing machinery into Australia, financial affairs.

Correspondence with J.R. Reid & Son, iron merchants, Sydney (7p), 1931 (File 42/105/6)

Robert Reid (sydney) to Alick Allan re his opinion of J.C. McColl, manager, effects of depression in Australia, 'August of 1930 was a nightmare.', 19 August 1931 (Item)

Alick Allan (Portencross) to Bob seeking his opinion of J.C. McColl, manager of Sydney branch, poor business in Australia., 11 July 1931 (Item)

List of Australian Office staff with note of salary deductions, comments on organisation of Sydney office, methods of economising, sacking of McColl., n.d. (Item)

Miscellaneous legal papers: Messrs. H.B. Donaldson & Co., Sandridge, 1867 - 1925 (File 42/105/12)

This file (42/105/12) Miscellaneous Legal papers was filmed selectively as only the contents of the envelope Messrs. H.B. Donaldson and Co., Sandridge was filmed.

Power of attorney in fabour of Klingenden, Charlsley, and Dickson, Melbourne, covering letter from Bank of Scotland (7p.), 1882 (Item)

Copies of correspondence between Gourock Rope Co. and Messrs. Donaldson (Melbourne) re government railway contracts for sailcloth (3p.), 1884 - 1885 (Item)

Victorian Railways schedule for canvas and twine and tender for service, 1885 - 1887 (Item)

Gourock Ropes & Canvas (Australia Ltd.), 1941 - 1953 (File 42/110/2)

Balance sheets with covering letter from David Fell. Accounts, Sydney, (123p.)

Gourock Ropes & Canvas (Australia Ltd.), 1941 - 1955 (File 42/110/3)

Correspondence with Sydney office on financial matters (9506p.)

Correspondents include: J. Matthews (Sydney), A. Battye (Sydney).

Gourock Ropes & Canvas (Australia Ltd.), 1954 - 1963 (File 42/110/4)

Correspondence with Sydney office on financial matters and balance sheets, includes list of debtors, 30 March 1963 (429p.)

Gourock Ropes & Canvas (New Zealand Ltd.), 1940 - 1952 (File 42/110/5)

Balance sheets with covering letter from Ernest Hunter, Turner & Co., Accountants Wellington, 1940-41, 1943-46, 1948-52. (104p.)

Gourock Ropes & Canvas (New Zealand Ltd.), 1953 - 1963 (File 42/110/6)

Correspondence with Wellington office on financial matters (1956-63) and balance sheets (1954-63). (395p,)

Correspondents include f. Munro (Wellington).

Papers re offer by British Ropes Ltd., 1971 (File 42/146/1-4)

Arthur Young, Mclelland Moores & Co. report on Gourock Rope & Co. Ltd. and subsidiary companies. (15p.), 1971 (Item)

Birkmyre Canvas Co. Pty. Ltd., Sydney. Balance sheet 1967/68, 1968/69. (8p.) (Item)

British Ropes Ltd. offer for Gourock Ropework Co. Ltd. (10 p.), 1971 (Item)

Correspondence re action by Hooker, Chapman & Co., Sydney, 1920 - 1924 (File 42/148/10)

Action brought against Gourock Ropework Co. Ltd. to recover damages for failure by later to deliver cloth contracted to be sold by Hooker, Chapman & Co. (c.170 p.)

Correspondents include: sly & Russell, Solicitors, Sydney, J.G. McColl (Sydney).