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Correspondence and papers re Alan Reid's Far East trip, 1962 (with a copy of a document of 1956)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/I21/8/21

Scope and Contents

Correspondence and papers regarding the Far East trip undertaken by Alan Reid of Matheson & Co. Ltd in relation to the preparation of his 1962 report on the Indo-China Steam Navigation Co. Ltd for the Board of Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd. The file includes copies of correspondence (including some telegrams) between Alan Reid, Hong Kong, London and Tokyo, and various correspondents, including Birt & Co. (Pty) Ltd, Sydney, N.S.W., Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, and Matheson & Co. Ltd, London; correspondence between other correspondents, including between Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, and Matheson & Co. Ltd, London; and enclosures, 22 March-16 June 1962. There are also a wide range of supporting documents, including the following items:

1. A photostat of an agreement appointing Matheson & Co. Ltd and Common Brothers Ltd as, respectively, Secretaries and Fleet Managers of the Vallum Shipping Co. Ltd, 7 December 1956.

2. A memorandum on the Australasia/Far East Service by W. O'Byrne, Hong Kong, 26 April 1962.

3. A booklet of the Directors' Report and Accounts of the Indo-China Steam Navigation Co. Ltd for the year ended 31 December 1961.

4. Two annotated copies of a 'Report on the Management organisation, Financial position and Operations of the Indo China Steam Navigation Company Limited prepared for the Chairman of Jardine Matheson and Company Limited, General Managers of the Company', 22 pages, undated.

5. Two copies (one annotated) of a 'Supplementary Report on Visit to Japan and Australia', 9 pages, undated.

6. Two tables detailing the shipping personnel home and local staff.

7. Three manuscript staff organisation charts for Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd's Shipping Department.

The folder is labelled 'Papers & correspondence in connection with Mr. Reid's Far East Trip 1st May - 22 June, 1962'.


  • 1962 (with a copy of a document of 1956)

Conditions Governing Access

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.

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1 folder(s) (1 folder)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, 29 August 2014.

Related Materials

I21/8/21 and I21/14/31 contain other documents compiled in preparation for Alan Reid's report on the Indo-China Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. I21/4/1/212 also contains material regarding the report.


Repository Details

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