North British & Mercantile Insurance Company Ltd

North British & Mercantile Insurance Company Ltd

London

The North British and Mercantile Insurance Company Ltd was a British-based company founded in 1809 in Edinburgh and absorbed as a subsidiary of the Commercial Union in 1959.

The company was also known as the North British Insurance Company, North British Fire Office and North British Fire Insurance Company.

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J Ginsberg & Co Ltd

J Ginsberg & Co Ltd

Bulawayo

Joseph Ginsberg was born in London 10 November 1894. He left London to live in Rhodesia in 1920 where established J Ginsberg & Co Ltd in the same year. Previously married to Gertrude Ginsberg with two children, Faye and Louis, he later married Mabel Bones Ginsberg (b.1909) on 28 January 1952. Ginsberg died 28 November 1982.

The business provided services as a land and estate agent, business brokers, company secretaries and valuations.

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References

  • The City of Bulawayo: Official Guide

Pearl Assurance Company

Pearl Assurance Company

London

Pearl Assurance Company was founded in 1857 as The Pearl Loan Company. It changed its name to The Pearl Assurance Company in 1914.

On 1 April 1960, Pearl Assurance Company took over most of the British Commonwealth Insurance Company’s activities in the Federation of Rhodesia & Nyasaland, including the business arising from the association with the Commonwealth and Commonwealth Permanent Building Societies in Southern and Northern Rhodesia.

The Pearl Assurance building was the first large building to be erected in Salibsury which had been designed by a female architect, and had a number of innovative features, but its sign, The Pearl, was significant, and still there, although the company is no more.

In 1990, the company was acquired by the Australian insurance group, AMP, and in 2003, Pearl, NPI and London Life were demerged from AMP to become part of Henderson Group.

In 2005, the Pearl Group was bought from Henderson Group by Sun Capital Partners and TDR Capital. It acquired Resolution Life in 2008 (including its Phoenix Assurance operations). In 2009, the business was acquired by the Liberty Acquisition Holdings (International) Company, which subsequently renamed itself Pearl Group.

In 2010, Pearl Group changed its name to Phoenix Group Holdings. In March 2014, the business sold Ignis Asset Management to Standard Life Investments, the asset management arm of Standard Life.

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References

  • Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Newsletter, Issues 1-26, 1960

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Commercial Union Assurance Company Ltd

Commercial Union Assurance Company Ltd

London

Commercial Union Assurance Company Ltd was established in 1904. It was initially created to undertake fire and accident insurance business in the UK and overseas.

In 1910, a motor department was established and, by 1914, the company had also set up a life department.

By 1926, the company was offering fire, life, motor car, personal accident, fidelity, employers’ liability, burglary, contract guarantee, plate glass, marine, householders and traders combined, third party liability and solvency insurance.

The company further extended its operations in 1931 by establishing an engineering department.

On August 21 1975, the company changed its name to the Commercial Union Life Assurance Company Ltd.

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C E G Cumings Ltd

C E G Cumings Ltd

Bulawayo

C.E.G. Cumings Ltd was an engineering company based in Willoughby’s Buildings, Bulawayo.The business was started by engineer (Cpt) Charles Ernest George Cumings (b.1866) who arrived as a Matabeleland pioneer from Britain. For many years, he was associated with the late Sir James Gordon MacDonald, once private secretary to Mr. Cecil Rhodes. 

Cumings was married to Lilian Sophia Cumings nee Perks (d.14 December 1901) and was father to Douglas Gordon Clark Cumings and Dorothy Elaine Cumings. After Lilian’s death, he married Edith Mary Basson and had another child, (Sir) Charles Cecil George Cumings (b.1904).

Around 1891, Cumings appears to have held an interest in the Matabele Queens Mine with options granted to the Matabele Queens Company. Eventually he started C.E.G. Cumings Ltd. He died 18 April 1928.

References

  • S.A. Mining and Engineering Journal, 1891

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Alexander Ian Jaffey: Stationery (L.1505)

Alexander Ian Jaffey

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