Guide to the Records of the London Chamber of Commerce (as filmed by the AJCP)


M1337 - M1338

National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

London Chamber of Commerce
Records of London Chamber of Commerce (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1885 - 1958
Collection Number
M1337 - M1338
4 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
The Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP) online portal was created with the assistance of the Australian Public Service Modernisation Fund, 2017-2020. The National Library of Australia gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the other foundation AJCP partners, the State Library of New South Wales and The National Archives of the UK, and all other organisations which supported the work of the AJCP, the world's most extensive collaborative copying project, operating from 1948 to 1997.


Scope and Contents

Minute-books 1885-1957 of the Australian and New Zealand Trade Section, including reports and copies of correspondence. They refer to many aspects of Anglo-Australasian trade, state-assisted emigration, postal rates, import duties, Australian Federation, and railways.

Minute-book 1896-1904 of Western Australian Trade Section.

Minute-book 1914-16 of Sydney Consignment Committee dealing with storage and distribution of frozen meat and other foodstuffs consigned by Sydney Chamber of Commerce.

Minute-book 1924-26 of London branch of New Zealand Warehousemen's Association.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Access.

Conditions Governing Use

Readers wishing to publish or reproduce documents should seek permission, in the first instance, from the London Metropolitan Archives. For more information contact London Metropolitan Archives Enquiry service [].

Preferred Citation

Acknowledgement of use of this material should refer to the London Metropolitan Archives and to the Australian Joint Copying Project.

Items from this collection should include references to the London Metropolitan Archives and to the AJCP nla.obj number, which serves as the online identifier for the digital copy.

Example: Western Australasian Trade Section Minute Book. 22 April 1895- 12 October 1904, London Metropolitan Archives. MS 16512 (AJCP ref:

Archival History

Filmed at the Guildhall Library as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1981 (AJCP Reels: M1337-M1338). Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

As the Guildhall Library did not allow selective filming, only those manuscripts relating entirely or substantially to Australia have been filmed.

Existence and Location of Originals

Guildhall Library, London, England.

Currently held at the London Metropolitan Archives, London. For more information see: London Metropolitan Archives (

Existence and Location of Copies

The original AJCP microfilm of the records filmed from this collection is available at the National Library of Australia [] as well as other institutions holding AJCP microfilm.

Finding-aid Notes

This finding aid is a revised online version of the original finding aid prepared by the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP), published by the National Library of Australia in 2018. The original AJCP finding aids were unpublished typescripts or photocopies available from libraries that held copies of the original microfilm.

Dates used in this finding aid refer to the date range of the records selected for filming rather than to the date range of the Series or Files.


Australia: Federation; Emigration and immigration; London Chamber of Commerce; Meat industry and trade; New Zealand Warehousemen's Association; Postal services; Railways: Australia; Sydney Chamber of Commerce; Trade: Australia; Trade: imperial; Trade: New Zealand


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 288, p108.

Biographical / Historical

In 1881 a meeting at the Mansion House established the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Its aim was to influence public opinion and Parliament and to bring about reforms that companies acting on their own would be unable to achieve. It was decided that it would be a chamber for the whole metropolis of London and not just the City of London. By 1892 its membership exceeded 3000.

The Australasian Trade Section of the London Chamber of Commerce was formed in 1885. A separate Western Australian Trade Section operated in 1896-1905.

Item Descriptions

Australasian Trade Section. Minute books (2 vols.) (File MS 16511)

Biographical / Historical

The Section was formed in May 1885 to consider all matters relating to Australian and New Zealand trade, including Federation, State assisted emigration, colonial postal rates and the development of railways. The name of the Section was changed in December 1925 to the Australian and New Zealand Trade Section. The minute books contain reports, copies of correspondence and the minutes of committees, such as the Australian Land Tax Act Special Committee, the Spelter Committee and the British Zinc Smelters Association.

Western Australasian Trade Section. Minute book, 22 April 1896 - 12 October 1904 (File MS 16512)

Biographical / Historical

The Section was formed in October 1896 and amalgamated with the Australasian Trade Section in 1905. Among the subjects it considered were cable rates, the Coolgardie Exhibition, railways, import duties and the Companies Amendment Act.

Sydney Consignment Committee. Minute book, 8 October 1914 - 19 September 1916 (File MS 16513)

Biographical / Historical

The Committee was set up in October 1914 following the decision of the Sydney Chamber of Commerce to consign cargoes of frozen meat and other foodstuffs for the use of troops and the poor in Britain. The Lord Mayor of London and the London Chamber of Commerce accepted responsibility for the storage and distribution of the cargoes.

New Zealand Warehousemen's Association. London Branch. Minute book, 31 January 1924 - 7 October 1926 (File MS 16542)

Biographical / Historical

The Branch was established in January 1924, with an office in the London Chamber of Commerce, to look after the interests of the New Zealand textile industry in Britain.