Skip to main content

Correspondence and papers on Chinese railways, circa 1913-circa 1940 (mainly 1930s)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/K47

Scope and Contents

Miscellaneous correspondence, with related papers, regarding Chinese railways. Much of the material relates to the British & Chinese Corporation Ltd. Other subjects include the China Consortium, Chinese Central Railways Ltd, Hankow-Canton Railway, Matheson & Co. Ltd, Nanking-Hunan Railway, Shanghai-Nanking Railway, Sse-Tch'ouen Railway, and Syndicat Européen d'Entreprises.

The papers begin with extracts and copies of letters regarding the Nanking-Hunan Railway, 1914, exchanged between Sir Charles Addis, the British & Chinese Corporation Ltd, E.G. Hillier, David Landale, C.C. Macrae, S.F. Mayers, C.H. Ross and N.J. Stabb. These are followed by miscellaneous letters and some telegrams (mostly typescript copies) of 1927-1935. The correspondents include Banque Industrielle de Chine; O.J. Barnes and N.J. Stabb (Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation); B.D.F. Beith; D.G.M. Bernard; British & Chinese Corporation Ltd; Raoul de Vibraye; V.M. Grayburn; Jarkong; H.D.C. Jones; D. Landale, Matheson & Co. Ltd; S.F. Mayers; E.R. Morriss (British & Chinese Corporation Ltd and Chinese Central Railways Ltd); C.W. Orde (Foreign Office); J.J. Paterson; K. Pindor; Charles See (Syndicat Européen d'Entreprises); and J.B. Stevenson. The envelope also includes many memoranda and other papers, some of which are enclosed with the letters. These include a newscutting of an article entitled 'Railway control by powers China's only hope', 1925, and a newscutting on 'How Mr. Mayers Sees Modern China', c. 1933.


  • Creation: circa 1913-circa 1940 (mainly 1930s)


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 envelope(s) (1 envelope)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Found scattered throughout the archive.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

Cambridge University Library
West Road
Cambridge CB3 9DR United Kingdom