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Semi-official correspondence between Hong Kong and Peking and Shanghai, 1956-1959

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/J1/127

Scope and Contents

Correspondence between Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, and its representatives at Peking and Shanghai, comprised of original letters to Hong Kong and copies of letters from Hong Kong. There are also enclosed letters and papers. The correspondents are H.D.M. Barton, D.I. Bosanquet, I.D. Bruce, D.C. Geddes, M.A.R. Herries and E.F. Watts, Hong Kong, and Y.C. Liu, T.W. Pan and Jack Yuan, Peking and Shanghai.

Much of the correspondence in the series is with Y.C. Liu, who was appointed as the Liaison Representative of Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd in Shanghai following the closure of the company's branch in the city in 1954. Liu had responsibility for handling matters that could not be finalised during the period of the office's liquidation and to carry out liaison work on trading matters between Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, and trading organisations in China. J1/127/4 includes a copy of a memorandum of 14 April 1959, prepared by Liu for the Finance Bureau of Whampoo District, which provides a detailed description of his role (an enclosure to semi-official letter no. 14 from Shanghai to Hong Kong, 20 April 1959)


  • Creation: 1956-1959


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.


4 volume(s) (4 volumes)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, 29 September 2011.

Repository Details

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