To India

Scope and Content

Letters to Butterfield & Swire in India following the evacuation and internment of Butterfield and Swire staff in China.

File includes letters with; extracts from telegrams to and from Singapore, Hong Kong, Manila, Calcutta, Sydney, Batavia (Jakarta), Perth, Melbourne, New York; concerning whereabouts and evacuation of staff; movements and transfers of staff; evacuation and allowances for family members; allowances paid to staff on war service and family of interned staff; establishment of Butterfield & Swire India Office; salaries; cost of living; endowment fund; repatriation of staff interned in China; staff leisure and entertainment in Bombay (Mumbai); outline of staff requirements and plans for reclaiming and re-establishing the China offices when the war ends; list of Butterfield & Swire staff working in the military services or ministries; names of and conditions for staff interned at Stanley Internment Camp in Hong Kong; allowances and allotments paid to interned staff, details of released interned staff, passages and expenses following repatriation.

Includes index for letters to Butterfield and Swire offices in India, Calcutta, Chungking (Chongqing) and Basra.

Access Information

File closed under Data Protection Act until 1st January 2024


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