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Telephone conversations of Hong Kong, 1949-1956

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/E14

Scope and Contents

Summaries of telephone conversations between Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, and Jardine Matheson, Shanghai, Taipei, Tientsin and Tokyo, Matheson & Co., London, and Henry Waugh & Co. Ltd, Singapore. The files also include some copies of semi-official correspondence and notes of meetings of Heads of Departments in Hong Kong. The main subject is trade in a wide range of commodities, including the involvement of the company's subsidiaries Ewo Breweries Ltd, Ewo Cotton Mills, Jardine Engineering Corporation Ltd and Shanghai & Hongkong Wharf Co. Ltd. The later conversations discuss the closure of Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd's offices in China. Index entries for many of the staff and companies featured in the conversations are given below.


  • Creation: 1949-1956


Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

Access to the collection is subject to special conditions and is at the discretion of Matheson and 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 is generally available to documents dated up to 1969. Access to some earlier records may be restricted under the terms of the Data Protection Act, 1998.


8 file(s) (8 ring-binders)

2 folder(s) (2 folders)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

The files belonged to Matheson & Co. Ltd, and contain many documents that are either stamped or labelled 'London'.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

E14/1-7 were received from Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, 17 April 2012. E14/8-10 were received from Matheson & Co. Ltd, 23 October 2012.

Existence and Location of Copies

E15 contains the copies of the telephone conversations between Hong Kong and Shanghai of 1950-1951 that belonged to Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, although there are some discrepancies between the contents of the two series.

Related Materials

J11/1/29/5/2-5, J11/1/29/6/2-4, J11/2/1/29-30, J11/2/1/38 and J11/2/1/48 contain summaries of telephone conversations of Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, of 1952-1956.

E16 contains telephone conversations of Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, of 1960-1978 and 1987.


Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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