Collection MS 494 - 'Sundry data of my life'

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'Sundry data of my life'


  • 1865 - 1892 (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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Please see PMB MS 493 for full entry.

A cash book containing a summary of John T. Arundel's activities from 17 December 1865 to 30 December 1892. During this period he was largely active in Kiribati. A notation on the first page reads: 'begun off Mornington Ids., Gulf of Carpentaria, 14/9/90' (For a fuller record of the period 1870-1892, see Arundel's diaries filmed on PMB MS 480-483). See also PMB MS 14, 498

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

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