From India

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Scope and Content

Letters from John Swire and Sons India office in Bombay (Mumbai) to John Swire and Sons London office concerning staff. Includes correspondence concerning; accommodation; staff health; repatriation; cost of living in Bombay (Mumbai); updates on political situation and accessibility of ports in China; inspections and interport visits to Delhi; plans for staff movements and appointments following the end of the war and return to China; inflation and the rise in cost of living in Bombay (Mumbai); charts documenting proposed Bombay Private Office staff structure; list and description of health of staff and family members interned at Lunghwa Civil Assembly Centre and Pootung Camp in Shanghai (3:33); appeals for staff to be demobilised and released from military service; document outlining the management of Ministry of Transport owned Flotilla, including crews; increased staff 'shipping men' required to manage the increase in number of ships; Department of Chinese Affairs and management of Chinese staff; letter discussing naming new ships after Chinese placenames; "Hickory" extractions; FESA (F.E.S.A.) plans for return to China offices; letter providing news and updates on Butterfield & Swire, Dockyard and Refinery and China Navigation Company staff movements and health throughout the war, sent to [interned staff]; staff demobilisation from military service.

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