China Navigation Company Eastern General Letters

Scope and Content

Letters to and from John Swire & Sons London, Butterfield & Swire Japan and Butterfield and Swire in Sydney relating to routine business matters including Japan and Australia trade, the management of cargo shipments, routine upkeep, conversion and sales of vessels. In particular this file covers financial correspondence with banks, bunker prices, New Guinea/Australia Line fortnightly reports and papers relating to the trade of sugar in Fiji and Hong Kong. Includes subject index


Letters are arranged geographically into four sections: to the East, from the East, to Australia and from Australia and are arranged chronologically within these sections.

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