Collection MS 493 - Correspondence

Correspondence, pp.1-119 Correspondence, pp.120-237 Correspondence, pp.238-358 Correspondence, pp.359-472 Correspondence, pp.473-577
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  • 1897 - 1912 (Creation)

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1 reel; 35mm microfilm.
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John T. Arundel was a leading figure in the Pacific phosphate industry on Kiribati and Nauru. He initially travelled to the Pacific in 1860 and 1868, and established John T. Arundel & Co. in the Pacific 1871 with financial support from Houlder Brothers and Co. In 1897, John T. Arundel & Co merged its business with trading and plantation firm Henderson and Macfarlane. They formed the Pacific Islands Company Ltd (PIC), which was based in London with trading activities in the Pacific, particularly Kiribati. In 1902, PIC became the Pacific Phosphate Company and began phosphate mining on Banaba, Kiribati in 1901 and on Nauru in 1906. Arundel died 30 November 1919 in Bournemouth, England.

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Arundel (1814-1919) was a leading figure in the Pacific phosphate industry from the 1860s until his death, active largely in Kiribati and Nauru. See Pacific Islands Monthly, April 1974, pp.59-61.

The correspondence is chiefly with Lord Stanmore who was chairman of the Pacific Islands Company Ltd, and later the Pacific Phosphate Company Ltd, of which Arundel was the Vice-Chairman.

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Division of Pacific and Asian History, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University, Canberra

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Digitised in October 2015.

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This reel was split into 5 PDFs for the digital version.

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