John Swire and Sons Annual Reports and Accounts

Scope and Content

Little of the accounting side of any of John Swire and Sons interests has survived, particularly for the Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries, and few full series of accounting papers remain. All accounts were sent back to London and finally made up in the London Office's Accounts Section. For the Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries the Cash Books, Journals and 3 surviving Ledgers include material relating to all John Swire & Sons interests and the correspondence between John Swire & Sons and Butterfield & Swire also contains some information of the making up of the annual accounts (see JSSI 1 and 2). For the Twentieth Century the individual firm's accounts survive in the form in which they were sent from the East to London (see each firm's own records) but nothing of the London side of the accounts remains.


Papers are arranged by record type and then chronologically

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