Job Bros. & Co., Ltd. - Twenty-six years before the United States Republic was launched (by the Declaration of Independence) the foundations of the firm of Job Brothers & Co., Ltd., were laid in St. John's. The firm is therefore a quarter of a century older than one of the leading nations of the world. When George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin were unknown this firm was doing business. Before Adam Smith's "Wealth of Nations" was written, the business from which the present firm of Job Bros. & Co. has developed, was in operation. If this is not the oldest business (managed in direct succession and operating from the same business stand) of the entire New World, it is not far from it.
Following are some brief references respecting the gentlemen who founded and those who directed the activities of this very prominent and historic firm since its inception.
Samuel Bulley, born in Devonshire, England, in 1730, came to Newfoundland in 1750 and commenced business on the present site of Southside premises of Job Brothers & Co., Ltd.
John Job was born in Haccomb, Devonshire in 1764 and came to Newfoundland in 1777 as an apprentice to Samuel Bulley, taking up his abode with the latter on the present Southside premises of Job Brothers & Co., Ltd.
John Job married a daughter of Samuel Bulley about 1782, and was taken into partnership, the name of the firm becoming Bulley & Job.
A firm known as John Job & Company was in existence in 1793, and is one of the signatories to a document quoted before the Commission of the British House of Commons appointed to enquire into certain Newfoundland fishery grievances.
In a petition to the Governor dated 1801, asking for a convoy, the firm of Bulley & Job are one of the several signatories.
In 1808 Mr. Knight, of the firm of Parker & Knight, who had been doing business on the present Northside site occupied by Job Brothers & Co., Ltd., and the Royal Stores, Ltd., retired and Mr. Parker of that firm entered into partnership with Messrs. Bulley & Job, the firm's name becoming Parker, Bulley & Job (or Parker, Bulley, Job & Co.).
Sometime prior to 1820 Mr. Parker retired and a Mr. Cross, of Liverpool, joined the firm, the title of the firm becoming Bulley, Job & Cross. In the office of the firm may be seen a small piece of a Newfoundland paper dated 8 August 1820 containing an advertisement signed Bulley, Job & Cross.
Sometime prior to 1834 Mr. Cross was drowned on a passage across the Atlantic and the name of the firm was again altered and became Bulley, Job & Company. In the possession of Job Bros. & Company is an indenture of apprenticeship dated 1st November 1834, between Stephen Rendell (apprentice) and Thomas Bulley, John Job, Robert Job and Thos. Bulley Job, trading as Bulley, Job & Company.
In 1837 Mr. Thos. Raffles Job, only son of Mr. Thos. Bulley Job, and grandson of Mr. John Job, the original founder of the firm, was born in St. John's, Nfld.
In 1839 the firm's name was still Bulley, Job & Company, but Thos. Bulley apparently retired from the firm about this date. In the records of the Company there is a deed of co-partnership dated 12th January 1839 between the four partners, namely, Robert Job and Thos. Bulley Job of St. John's, Nfld., and Samuel Job and John Job (the younger) of Liverpool. The same partners were trading in Liverpool under the style of Job Brothers. This partnership deed was for five years from the date named. All these partners were sons of the original John Job.
In 1845 Robert Hugh Job, a son of Robert Job, and a grandson of John Job (the elder), became a partner and a Mr. Hooper also joined the firm, the title in St. John's becoming Job Brothers & Company.
In 1854 Mr. Stephen Rendell, (father of Messrs. R.G. Rendell, A.S. Rendell and Doctor Rendell), became a partner and manager of the St. John's business, which for sometime previously had been conducted by Messrs. Robert Job and Thos. Bulley Job. The former appears to have retired about this time and Thos. Bulley Job transferred his activities to the Liverpool business.
This year (1927) also Mr. Thos. Raffles Job, a son of Mr. Thos. Bulley Job and grandson of John Job, the founder of the Job name in Newfoundland, joined the office staff in St. John's.
Mr. Thos. Bulley Job married in Newfoundland Miss Jessy Carson, a daughter of celebrated Dr. William Carson, who did so much in securing for Newfoundland Responsible Government.
In 1852 Agency of Royal Insurance Co. of Liverpool, England, established with Job Brothers & Co.
Mr. Thos. Raffles Job became a partner in the St. John's firm in 1859.
In 1863 Mr. Thos. Raffles Job married Miss Agnes Brown (who was born at Brigus, Conception Bay), a daughter of Mr. Robert Brown, who later on was manager of the Commercial Bank during its most successful period.
In 1864 Mr. William Carson Job, the eldest son of Mr. Thos. Raffles Job, and great grandson of the original founder of the firm, was born on Queen's Road, St. John's.
In 1865 Mr. Samuel Ernest Job, second son of Mr. Thos. Raffles Job, was born in St. John's, Nfld. He is today a director of the Newfoundland corporation of Job Brothers & Co., Ltd.
In 1866 Mr. Thos. Raffles Job removed his residence from St. John's to Liverpool to assist his father, Mr. Thos. Bulley Job, in the management of the business there. The sole management of the Newfoundland business then devolving upon Mr. Stephen Rendell.
In 1872 Mr. Thos Bulley Job (Junior), third son of Mr. Thos. Raffles Job, was born in Liverpool, England. He is today a director of Job Brothers & Co., Ltd., St. John's.
In 1873 Mr. Robert Brown Job, fourth son of Mr. Thos. Raffles Job, was born in Liverpool, England. He is today President and Managing Director of Job Brothers & Co., Ltd., St. John's, Nfld.
The S.S. "Neptune", built for and owned by Job Brothers & Co., Ltd., arrived in St. John's in February of the same year.
In 1881 Mr. Stephen Rendell retired from the business and was succeeded by a local manager in the person of Mr. George A. Hutchings, who remained in the service of the firm until his death in 1920.
Mr. Fenwich Crane joined the staff of Job Brother & Co., Limited, in 1885 and in 1886 Mr. William Carson Job became a partner in the firm and manager of the business.
In 1890 Mr. Samuel Ernest Job became a partner in both the St. John's and Liverpool firms.
In 1892 the Firm's Northside premises were destroyed in the big conflagration, but were speedily re-built. Mr. William Carson Job married to Miss Edith Warren (sister of Mr. Justice Warren, at one time Prime Minister of Newfoundland).
In 1893 Hon. Stephen Rendell died in Devonshire, England.
In 1894 the Newfoundland firm, as well as the Liverpool firm, were caught in the general business collapse and were forced to compromise with their creditors, but subsequently paid those surviving in full.
In 1895 the dry good stores of Job Brothers & Company were amalgamated with those of Mr. Campbell Macpherson and formed into a Company known as The Royal Stores, Limited.
In 1895 agency of Union Marine Insurance Co., Ltd., of Liverpool, established with Job Bros. & Co., St. John's.
In 1897 Mr. Robert Brown Job arrived from Liverpool and joined the staff of Job Brothers & Company, and was admitted as a partner in 1899.
In 1902 Mr. Robert Brown Job married Miss Alice Warren (a sister of Mr. Justice Warren).
In 1903 Mr. Thos. Bulley Job (Junior) admitted as a partner in both the St. John's and Liverpool firms.
In 1909 the firm of Job Brothers & Company incorporated under its present title of Job Brothers & Co., Limited, with Mr. Thos. Raffles Job (grandson of John Job, the original founder of the business) as its first President, and Messrs. William Carson Job, Samuel Ernest Job, Thos. Bulley Job and Robert Brown Job (all great grandsons of the original founder) as directors.
In 1915 Mr. William Carson Job retired from the management of Job Brothers & Co., Ltd. (but remained a director), the managing directorship being taken over by Mr.(Honourable) Robert Brown Job.
In 1917 Mr. Thos. Raffles Job died in Liverpool at the age of 80 and Mr. William Carson Job became the second President of the St. John's corporation.
Mr. Herbert Robert Brookes was elected as a director of Messrs. Job Brothers & Co., Ltd., in 1915, while Mr. Brian Dunfield was elected as a director in 1917.
In 1919 Mr. William Carson Job retired from the Presidency of Job Brothers & Co., Ltd., (but remained on the board) and was succeeded in that office by Mr. Robert Brown Job, its present President.
In 1921 Mr. Maurice Job Taylor, a great, great grandson of John Job, the original founder of the firm, arrived from Liverpool to join the staff of Job Brothers & Co., Ltd.
Mr. Brien Dunfield retired from the board and left Newfoundland n 1923 and in 1924 Mr. Walter Frederick Hutchinson was elected as a director of Job Brothers & Co., Ltd.
JOB, Hon. William Carson Job. Born June 4, 1864, St. John's, Newfoundland. In 1927 was residing in London, England. Director Job Bros., Ltd., Liverpool, England and Job Bros. & Co., Ltd., St. John's, Newfoundland. Educated Uppingham School, England. Married, 1892, Miss Edith Warren, St. John's, Newfoundland. Children: Three daughters and one son.
JOB, Robert Brown - Born February 12, 1873 at Waterloo, near Liverpool, England, son of Thomas Raffles Job and Agnes Beater (Brown) Job. Educated at Merchant Taylor's School, Crosby, near Liverpool. Married August 12, 1902, to Alice May Warren. No children. President of Job Brothers & Co., Ltd., Job's Seal-fishery Co., M. Morey 7 Co., Ltd., Job's Stores, Ltd., The Exploits Valley Royal Stores, Ltd.