China Navigation Co.New Guinea Australia Line Letters

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Scope and Content

Letters sent between John Swire & Sons London, Butterfield & Swire Hong Kong and Swire and Gilchrist Sydney. Letters cover routine shipping matters and in particular local politics with regards to Gilbert and Ellice island crews. Letters include subject index. Papers also include reports on Gilbert and Ellice islanders and their way of life.


Letters are arranged geographically (to and from Hong Kong, to and from Sydney) and chronologically within each sub series.

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