Trade in the Far East: Companies in Hong Kong, China and Japan, c1870–1939

  • Stephanie Jones
Part of the Studies in Business History book series


Although the Inchcape Group has ventured into the Far East relatively recently, the companies it has acquired were among the first to be established there. As we saw in Chapter 1, in Canton, the merchant house of Gibb Livingston & Co. was founded in 1836, to be followed by the tea traders, Gilman & Co., in 1840. In Shanghai, the silk merchants, general trading and shipping agents who were ultimately to become Dodwell & Co. Ltd were established in 1858, and Caldbeck Macgregor & Co.’s wines and spirits business began in 1864.


Steamship Line Shipping Agent Sail Ship Agency Business Private Limited Company 
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  1. 3.
    S. Ville, ‘James Kirton, Shipping Agent’, Mariner’s Mirror 67 (1981) pp. 149–62.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 6.
    Allen and Donnithorne, Western Enterprise, p.23. See also S. R. Brown, ‘The Transfer of Technology to China in the Nineteenth Century: The Role of Direct Foreign Investment’, Journal of Economic History, 39 (1979) pp. 181–97.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. 12.
    See Pao Kuang Yung, ‘The Compradore; His Position in the Foreign Trade of China’, Economic Journal, 21 (1911) pp. 636–41CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Inchcape PLC 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephanie Jones
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  1. 1.Inchcape PLCLondonUK

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