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Property correspondence between Kobe and Yokohama and Hong Kong, 20 Aug. 1926-5 Jan. 1933

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/J2/7

Scope and Contents

Original property letters from Jardine Matheson, Kobe and Yokohama, to Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, and copies of a few property letters from Hong Kong to Yokohama, with enclosed letters and papers:

1. Nos P.1-30 from R.G. Bell and A.E. Smith, Kobe, to D.G.M. Bernard, Hong Kong, 20 August 1926-16 December 1927.

2. Nos P.1 from A.E. Smith, Kobe, to D.G.M. Bernard, Hong Kong, 19 January 1928, and P.2-30 from R.G. Bell and A.E. Smith, Yokohama, to B.D.F. Beith, D.G.M. Bernard and J.J. Paterson, Hong Kong, 1 February 1928-9 December 1932.

3. Nos P.53-58 from J.J. Paterson, Hong Kong, to R.G. Bell, Yokohama, 6 February 1931-5 January 1933.

The enclosures include documents regarding the development of Yokohama, including estimates for reconstruction schemes and a formal acceptance by Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd of the official plan for the improvement of a portion of Yamashita-cho, Yokohama, enclosed with letter no. P.11 from Kobe to Hong Kong, 4 March 1927.

There are also some related letters, including private and other correspondence between Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong and Yokohama, and three pieces of correspondence between Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, and Canadian Pacific Steamships Ltd, Hong Kong, 8 April-12 May 1930, regarding a joint lane between Lots Nos 21 and 22, Yokohama.

There is an index at the beginning of the volume containing the following entries:

A: Agent's House.

B: Bluff No. 10; Bluff No. 31; Bungalow Offices No.1; Boundary No. 1/No. 2; Building Site; No. 22/23 Building Scheme; Business Sites.

G: Godowns - Lots Nos 22/23 Plans.

K: Kobe Agent's House; Kobe Agency - Top Floor Office; Kyomachi - Kobe No. 83/85; Kibachi Godown - Nagasaki.

L: Lot No. 21 - Suzuye-gumi; Lot No. 21 - Yokohama United Club; Lot Measurements; Lot 21; Lot 23; Lots Nos 21/22; Land at Yokohama.

N: Negishi No. 2031; Nagasaki - No. 5 Oura; Nagasaki-Kibachi Godown; Nagasaki Property.

P: Permanent Buildings; Proposed Agent's House.

R: Rebuilding; Removal of Buildings from No. 1.

S: G.W. Sheppard; H.M. Spence; Strong Room; Shipping Buildings No. 1; Shimizu-gumi; Space.

T: Tenants; Title Deeds; Temporary Buildings Lot 23; Taipei Property.

Y: Yokohama Reconstruction; Yokohama Property; Yokohama United Club - Lot No. 21; Yokohama Property Improvement Scheme; Yokohama New Offices; Yamashita-cho Land Generally; Yokohama Residence.


  • Creation: 20 Aug. 1926-5 Jan. 1933


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 volume(s) (1 volume)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, June 1990.


Former reference: J16

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