Major Ernest (Billy) Barlow borrows £1 000 to form Thomas Barlow & Sons in Durban, South Africa. Based on the family business in England with the same name, the company sells woollen goods, blankets and coats, but expands to include engineering supplies within five years. The company operates out of two small rented rooms overlooking Mercury Lane.

1902

Billy Barlow opens an official Thomas Barlow & Sons branch in Johannesburg. He returns to the army at the start of World War I, but dies in 1921 after suffering wounds in the Battle of Delville Wood. His wife, Anne E Barlow, takes over as the company’s governing director.

After travelling to America and negotiating with the Caterpillar dealership, Punch makes ‘Barlows’ the official Caterpillar sales and service dealer in South Africa. Two years later, he secures the Hyster forklift dealership.

1920

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1927

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1941

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1959