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Dussek Brothers and Co

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of Thames Road, Crayford, Kent.

Oil refiners and distillers, manufacturers of detergents and oils.

1850 Business founded by Alexander Louis Dussek

1898 Alexander Dussek died

1903 "NOTICE is hereby given, that the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned Angelo Sebastian Dussek and James Webster, carrying on business as Manufacturing Chemists and Tar and Oil Importers and Refiners at Verney-road, Canal Bridge, Old Kent-road, in the county London, and at 21, Limestreet, in the city of London, and at Dussek's Wharf, Trundley-road, Deptford, in the said county of London, under the style or firm of "DUSSEK BROS. AND COMPANY," has been dissolved by mutual consent as and from the 31st day of October, 1903. All debts due and owing to or by the said late firm will be received and paid by the said Angelo Sebastian Dussek and in future such business will be carried on by the said Angelo Sebastian Dussek under the same style as heretofore."[1]

1905 Private company incorporated as Dussek Brothers to take over the business at Verney Road, London SE15

1919 "NOTICE is hereby given, that the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us, the undersigned, Albert Ernest Horatio Dussek and Angelo Sebastian Dussek, carrying on business as Bitumen Refiners and Manufacturers of and Dealers in Electrical Materials, at Sherman-street, Bromley-by-Bow, in the county of London, under the style or firm of, "DUSSEK BITUMEN COMPANY," has been dissolved by mutual consent as from the 31st day of December, 1918. All debts due and owing to or by the said late firm will be received or paid by the said Albert Ernest Horatio Dussek, and such business will be carried on in the future by the said Albert Ernest Horatio Dussek."[2]

1923 Major fire at the Deptford premises

1931 The business had grown such that it occupied 3 sites so a new large site was acquired at Crayford

1937 Public company incorporated; maker of insulating oils and compounds for electric cable manufacturing industry, printing ink oils and lithographic varnishes, and basic oils for paint and varnish manufacturers; agents for Lobitos transformer oil, Angelo Sebastian Dussek was chairman and managing director; Leonard James Dussek and Ernest Angelo Dussek were also directors[3]

WWII Purchased an additional factory at Wrexham; the Crayford works escaped serious damage; there was relatively little conversion needed postwar as the products were essentially the same[4]

1953 Production started at the Australian and Canadian subsidiaries

1959 Majority interest acquired by Lobitos Oilfields[5]


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Sources of Information

  1. The London Gazette 6 November 1903
  2. The London Gazette 27 May 1919
  3. The Times, Jan 13, 1937
  4. The Times, Feb 01, 1946
  5. The Times, Jul 22, 1959