Samuel Osborn (Rhodesia) Ltd

Samuel Osborn (Rhodesia) Ltd


Samuel Osborn and Company was a steelmaker and engineering tool manufacturer situated in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

Looking for sales potential from overseas the company set up a South African subsidiary in 1919. Based in the mining area outside Johannesburg, the new company was founded to market their parent company’s Sheffield made special steels for industry and, particularly, mining in South Africa.

Premier Agencies Ltd acted as the sole agent for Samuel Osborn (South Africa) Ltd in Southern and Northern Rhodesia. By 1966, there were branches in Bulawayo, Salisbury, Kitwe and Lusaka.

  • James Gavin