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Semi-official letters from Australia to London, 20 Feb. 1941-24 Aug. 1945

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/J1/87

Scope and Contents

Copies of semi-official letters from K.A. Mason to Matheson & Co. Ltd, London:

1. Unnumbered letters from Mason, [Sydney], to B.D.F. Beith, 19 January 1942 and 5 June 1942.

2. Nos 1, 3, 5-11, 14, 17, 19-25, 28-32, 34-35, 48-64 and 67-69 from Mason, George King & Co. Ltd, Sydney (Agents, Canton Insurance Office Ltd), to B.D.F. Beith and W.J. Keswick, 22 June 1942-12 April 1945.

3. Nos 81-82 from Mason, Bombay, to W.J. Keswick, 15 August-24 August 1945.

There also related letters and papers, including unnumbered letters from Mason to J.F. Owen, London; an unnumbered letter from J.J. Paterson, Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, to Mason, Sydney, 20 February 1941, enclosed with a letter from Paterson to George King & Co. Ltd, Sydney, 20 February 1941; extracts from three pieces of correspondence between Mason and F.C. Hall, 11 March-16 May 1941; a letter from the Insurance Department, Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, to the Book Office, Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, 9 May 1941; a memorandum by Mason on the San Francisco Agency, 22 June 1942 (enclosed with letter no. 1 of 22 June 1942); and correspondence between Mason and L.G. Frost, Barwon Heads, Victoria, 12 April-8 July 1942 (enclosed with letter no. 3 of 9 July 1942).

The subjects covered in the file include (among others) Australian Commonwealth Government inscribed stock, the Calcutta Agency, the Chungking Agency, L.G. Frost (staff), J. Gunton (Australia) Pty Ltd, Hongkong Fire Insurance Co. Ltd, Queensland Insurance Co. Ltd, the San Francisco Agency and staff. The folder is labelled 'K.A. Mason to London. (Australia to London)' and (in pencil) 'Mason Spares'.


  • Creation: 20 Feb. 1941-24 Aug. 1945


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.


1 folder(s) (1 folder)

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Fair condition, but the spine and covers are fragile and missing sections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, 17 April 2012.

Existence and Location of Copies

J1/99 contains copies of Mason's letters to Matheson & Co. Ltd, including some letters missing from this file.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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