Records of W.H. Kane & Co.

c.50 volumes, 8 files and c.800 documents comprising the records of W.H. Kane & Co., founders and engineers, Larne, Co. Antrim, 1917-79, relating to their three premises: Larne Foundry, Ballyloran Foundry or Inver Engineering Works, and the Rock Works, Larne. The archive documents in detail the history of this significant local firm. The records include: purchase journals, 1939-71; sales journals, 1938-75; cash receipt books, 1937-60; private ledgers, 1917-35; petty cash books, 1940-70; trading and profit and loss accounts, 1931-42; statistics showing the fluctuations in the foundry's business with various outside firms, 1955-70; weekly financial statements, 1960-79; accounts and correspondence, 1940-7, relating to work done for the Ministry of Transport, London , and for the Admiralty on ships and boats which landed at Larne Harbour during and after World War II. There are also letters and a copy agreement relating to the purchase of the Rock Beetling Works, Inver, by W.H. Kane & Co. in 1940 and a letter, 1957, from the secretary of Kane & Co. about the heavy losses incurred at Ballyloran Foundry at that time and the measures proposed by the Board of Directors to counter them.


The archive provides an interesting historical perspective about the running of an Ulster provincial engineering business.

Physical characteristics

c.700 items, 1917-79, comprising a range of documents, files and volumes and occupying c.25 PRONI boxes.

Description or Catalogue

See PRONI reference D/3800 for catalogue of the papers. The catalogue is available for consultation in PRONI's Public Search Room.


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