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Petroleum Industry: early photographs

Identifier: SC21

Scope and Contents

The collection consists mainly of photographs documenting many aspects of the early years of the oil industry in Trinidad. They include shots of the Aripero Well and other areas in Guagaguayare, which were the scene of Rust's pioneering efforts; clearing, drilling and shipping activities; steel derricks; housing areas; important events, for example the Governor's visit. Most of the photographs carry captions or explanations in pencil.


  • 1900-1964

Biographical / Historical

Randolph Rust, London born businessman and oil pioneer, arrived in Trinidad in 1881. He went into business and established the commercial firm Rust Trowbridge and Company. He was the person who established the oil industry in Trinidad and struck oil in 1901. He continued to be involved in oil exploration for the next two decades. He was a member of the Port of Spain City Council from 1914-1929 and also served a term (1920-21)as Mayor of Port of Spain.


1 Linear Feet

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Other Finding Aids

Inventory list available in library 7p.

Custodial History

The photographs, many of which include Randolph Rust himself, were the property of Mrs. Randolph Rust, his widow. She gave them to Mr. Robert Henry, Campus Communications Coordinator who donated them to the library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Robert Henry in October 1996.

Existence and Location of Copies

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Repository Details

Part of the The Alma Jordan Library, The University of the West Indies Repository

St. Augustine
Trinidad and Tobago
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