Gibraltar History Lectures Series 6- The Gibraltar Gas Company: A Case Study in Colonial Capitalism
Friday, November 29th, 2019
The University of Gibraltar is pleased to announce the start of the next Gibraltar History Lectures, of which the Sixth Series Part I will commence on Friday 15th of November 2019. We invite you to join us in discovering new stories behind Gibraltar's rich history, please come and enjoy.
The Gibraltar Gas Company: A Case Study in Colonial Capitalism
Lecture by: Roy Clinton
With no natural resources and limited space for industry, other than transhipment of goods or supply to the military garrison, the commercial opportunities that the Industrial Revolution afforded the United Kingdom largely passed Gibraltar by as a colony. Other than processing tobacco there was no real opportunity for large-scale manufacture or production of goods. That was to change with the proposal to introduce gas into Victorian Gibraltar.
This is the fascinating story as to how the Gibraltar Gas Company was established and financed in 1857 by a public share offering and subsequent events in the lifecycle of the company (drawing comparisons with the UK and Malta) until gas ceased to be produced in 1968.
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