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Correspondence re Hongkong Finance Co. and Hongkong & China Property Co., 1924-1940 (all but one item of 7 September 1932-13 August 1940)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/I21/3/2/17

Scope and Contents

Copies and a few extracts of correspondence between Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, and Jardine Matheson, Shanghai, 15 December 1932-27 June 1940, regarding the Hongkong Finance Co. and Hongkong & China Property Co., established to manage the Eastern properties inherited by Sir J.W. Buchanan-Jardine from his father Sir R.W. Buchanan-Jardine. The correspondents include B.D.F. Beith, London, D.G.M. Bernard, London, W.J. Keswick, Shanghai, D.F. Landale, Hong Kong, and J.J. Paterson, Hong Kong.

There are also related letters and papers, including the following documents:

1. Some correspondence of the Hongkong & China Property Co. Ltd, Hong Kong, and J.C. & A. Steuart, W.S., Edinburgh.

2. Statements describing the Hongkong Finance Co. Ltd and Hongkong & China Property Co. Ltd, with general instructions regarding the companies, 1933.

3. 'Notes in Connection with the Property Agreement between Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd. and the Hongkong & China Property Co. Ltd - more especially relating to the Future of Lot I The Bund [Shanghai]', December 1934.

4. A list of properties in China of the Hongkong & China Property Co. Ltd leased under leases of 17 October 1933, dated Hong Kong, 27 February 1935.

5. The valuation and interest for 1934-35 of the Hongkong & China Property Co. Ltd, Hong Kong, 22 August 1935.

6. The profit and loss account of the Hongkong & China Property Co. Ltd, 30 April 1940, dated Hong Kong, 13 August 1940.

Loose inside the file is a plan of land at East Point, Hong Kong. The plan was originally an enclosure to property letter no. P.296 from Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, to Matheson & Co. Ltd, 8 August 1924, and highlights land which the Government wished to take back into its ownership and over which it was negotiating the level of compensation with Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong.

The subjects covered in the file include accounts - cables; Ewo Lodge; Sir J.W. Buchanan-Jardine (including proposed Eastern companies and property leases); Hankow Lot 64, S.A.D. 3; and property valuations. The ring-binder is labelled 'Hong Kong Finance Co. & Hong Kong & China Property Company'.


  • Creation: 1924-1940 (all but one item of 7 September 1932-13 August 1940)


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.


1 file(s) (1 ring-binder)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, October 2010.

Repository Details

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