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Mufindi Tea Co Ltd



The Mufindi Tea Co. Ltd was incorporated on 16 December 1940 as a subsidiary of Matheson & Co. Ltd for the purpose of farming tea estates in Tanganyika. The initial acquisition, maintenance and development of the company's properties was carried out in advance of the incorporation by its Agents, the F.R.S. Syndicate Ltd (Lord Francis Scott, Captain Kenyon-Slaney, Major A.W. Foster and Mervyn A. Ridley) and W.D. Usher, who were financed and directed by the firm's Managing Agents, Jardine, Matheson & Co. (East Africa) Ltd. Matheson & Co. Ltd's business with the company was overseen in London by E.W. Bovill. The investment was not a success for the firm, and in 1946 Matheson & Co. Ltd agreed to sell its interests in the company. Jardine, Matheson & Co. (East Africa) Ltd was acquired by E.W. Bovill and J.K. Matheson (of Jardine, Matheson & Co. (East Africa) Ltd), and became Bovill, Matheson & Co. Ltd. The Mufindi Tea Co. Ltd was purchased by Bovill, Matheson & Co. Ltd and the Tanganyika Tea Co. Ltd. Matheson & Co. Ltd settled all outstanding issues relating to the sale in 1947.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:


Correspondence re Mufindi Tea Co. Ltd, 1936-1947

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/I21/2/2/33
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence of Matheson & Co. Ltd regarding the Mufindi Tea Co. Ltd, with related letters and papers.

Dates: 1936-1947
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Access to the collection is subject to special conditions and is at the discretion of Matheson & Co. Ltd, part of the Jardine Matheson Group. A statement of the conditions and an application form are available in the Manuscripts Reading Room. Printed copies of the form are available by post (please contact the University Library). An electronic version can also be found at Records described in the catalogue as being in a bad condition are in a fragile state that precludes them being made available to readers. Access to some records may be restricted under the terms of the Data Protection Act, 1998.