is the earliest date for which records of the Company's activities
The founder, whose portrait hangs on the wall of the present Boardroom
and is shown in the Company logo was Thomas Aubin, his nephew, Philip
Germain, joined him in the business upon leaving school and it was
from Philip's son, John Francis and his son John Philip, that the Company
took its present name during the 1920s.
John Philip's two sons joined him in the business as did their own
sons, so bringing us to the present day.
The business has been both a Partnership and Solely-owned over the
years and is now a privately-owned Limited Liability Company.
modern Tobacco Factory stands on the original site and much of the
building still dates from the first development.
Lacking a deep-water port on its south coast, Given the rise of tide,
this is not the problem it might seem, and at the beginning of the
19th century a new `Quai des Marchands' - Merchants Quay - was developed
on the foreshore of St. Helier and warehouses constructed to form the
would lie alongside the quay across the road from the warehouses and
the deeds of the properties
show rights of access over the quay to load and unload from shipping,
although the moorings are now given over to pleasure craft and the
former warehouses across the Old Harbour on the New North Quay are
now an award-winning Maritime Museum.
Modern vessels from Portsmouth, Poole, St. Malo, Dielette and Rotterdam
now use the dredged berths in the Main and Elizabeth harbours and goods
arrive by Coaster, Ro-Ro Ferry or fast Wavepiercer.
Leaf tobacco still arrives at the same place in Hogsheads, Bales and
Cases by sea from Rotterdam, even though the transport is faster and
the original factory was rebuilt in the 1960s: the rearmost part of
the present building is original and built of local granite. On the
uppermost floor there still exists the wooden jib-crane which hoisted
goods to the loading doors on each floor; now out of use, spare a thought
for the original operators as they laboured at the winding handle!