To China

Scope and Content

Correspondence from John Swire and Sons London office to Butterfield & Swire offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai concerning staff, including; staff recruitment; staff movements; allowances; salaries; staff leave; terms of employment; Chinese language study; home leave arrangements; Cathay Pacific Airways; opening a new office in Taipeh (Taipei), Formosa (Taiwan); high cost of living allowance on leave; Shaghai Blockade in Summer 1949; war damage compensation "Private Chattels Scheme"; response to the "cost of living indices" submitted by the Hong Kong office and an argument for lowering the standard of living through comparison with British standards and rationing at the time.

Includes subject and name index.

Conditions Governing Access

File closed under Data Protection Act until 1st January 2030


Archivist's Note


Conditions Governing Use

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

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