From Hong Kong

Archive Unit

Scope and Content

Correspondence from Butterfield & Swire offices in Hong Kong to John Swire and Sons London office concerning staff. Includes documents concerning; staff movements; interportal visits and inspections; paper on proposed development of the Works Department as an architectural and engineering business; staffing requirements and recruitment; high cost of living allowance; staff accommodation and housing; staff transfers; comments on individual staff performances; return of staff families; advice on clothing requirements and availablity for staff coming to Hong Kong; list of prices (in pounds and dollars) of male and female clothing in Hong Kong in May 1947; staff health; discussion on deficiences of rehabilitation grants for previously interned staff; individual staff accounts of monthly expenditure, including household budgets, in Hong Kong and financial hardship as a result of occupation of Hong Kong and internment; Hong Kong salaries tax (income tax); paper on the higher cost of living allowance with details of pre-war and current spending under the headings rent, food, cigarettes & drinks, transport, household sundries, clothing, clubs, subscriptionssummer holidays, entertaining, postage and newspapers, contingencies; re-opening of Japan to commercial interests; contract agreement terms; plans to explore Formosa (Taiwan) with a view to opening an office there; staff arrangements 1948; Deacon and Company office in Canton (Guangzhou).

File includes subject and name index for letters from Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Conditions Governing Access

File closed under Data Protection Act until 1st January 2028


Archivist's Note


Conditions Governing Use

Copying for personal research purposes is permitted. Please contact the archivist for all publication requests.

Copyright is owned by John Swire & Sons, Ltd, 59 Buckingham Gate, London, SW1E 6AJ