Records Authority 2017/00154405

Department of Finance

Records relating to Japanese companies seized under Trading with the Enemy Act 1939

Transfer of custody and ownership

2017

This is an accurate reproduction of the authorised records authority content, created for accessibility purposes

Introduction

This authority gives the Department of Finance permission under the Archives Act 1983 to transfer the custody and ownership of specified Japanese company records seized during World War II to the National Archives of Japan. The records predominantly document business-related processes and personal records of employees of Japanese companies trading in Australia, dating from approximately1899 to 1941, and seized by the Australian Government in 1941 under the Trading with the Enemy Act 1939.

The records (as described in Schedule 1) have been evaluated by the National Archives of Australia and are not considered to be part of the archival resources of the Commonwealth as defined under section 3(2) of the Archives Act 1983. These records are historically significant to Japan.

This records authority is issued with agreement from the Department of Finance.

Application of this Authority

  1. This authority is to be used to determine the custody and ownership of Commonwealth records, covering records controlled by the Department of Finance and applies only to the records or classes of records described in Schedule 1.
  2. The Department of Finance agrees that the National Archives of Australia will enter into agreements with the National Archives of Japan and make arrangements for the actual transfer of the records to the National Archives of Japan.
  3. Any records that are not records created or owned by a Japanese Company at the time of their seizure by the Australian Government in 1941 and are inadvertently transferred to the National Archives of Japan remain the property of the Commonwealth and are to be returned to the National Archives of Australia.

Contact Information

For assistance with this authority or for advice on other records management matters, please contact National Archives' Agency Service Centre.

Authorisation

Person to whom notice of authorisation is given:

Ms Rosemary Huxtable, PSM
Secretary
Department of Finance

Purpose:

Authorises arrangements for the disposal of records in accordance with Section 24(2)(b) of the Archives Act 1983.

Application:

Japanese company business records, being company-related material and personal records of company employees seized by the Australian Government in 1941 under the Trading with the Enemy Act 1939, listed in Schedule 1.

This authority gives permission for the transfer of custody and ownership of the records described. This authority will apply only with the consent of the agency currently responsible for the records described.

Authorised by:

Anne Lyons
Assistant Director-General
National Archives of Australia

27 April 2017

Japanese Company Records

Classes

Class noDescription of recordsDisposal action
62310

Records described in Schedule 1 that:

  • are records owned or created by Japanese companies trading in Australia up to and including 1941, and
  • were seized by the Australian Government in 1941 under the Trading with the Enemy Act 1939, and
  • are not archival resources of the Commonwealth.
Transfer custody and ownership to National Archives of Japan

Schedule 1

Records that document business-related processes and personal records of employees of Japanese companies trading in Australia, dating from approximately1899 to 1941, and seized by the Australian Government in 1941 under the Trading with the Enemy Act 1939.

Series AccessionTitleQuantity identified in 1957
SP1096/1Records of Mitsubishi Shoji Kaisha Pty Ltd (Melbourne Branch) - pre 1941 records97 boxes – 60 cubic feet
SP1096/2Records of Mitsui Pty Ltd (Melbourne) - pre 1941 Records18 boxes – 11 cubic feet
SP1096/3Records of John Mitchell & Co (Kotoh-Melbourne)  - pre 1941 records18 boxes – 11 cubic feet
SP1096/4Records of Iida & Co (Melbourne) - pre 1941 records31 boxes – 22 cubic feet
SP1096/5Records of Mitsui Bussan Kaisha Pty Ltd (Melbourne Branch) - pre 1941 records47 boxes – 34 cubic feet
SP1098/4Records of Mitsui - pre 1941 records320 boxes & 15 parcels – 262 cubic feet
SP1098/7 *Records of Araki - pre 1941 records440 boxes & 19 parcels – 362 cubic feet
* excludes 22 boxes – records of Heinrich Lanz AG – Lanz Tractor Company factory representative in Australia, Hans Tronser; box numbers 117 (partial), 118-135 inclusive, 315, 317 and 322
SP1098/8Records of Yamashita - pre 1941 records366 boxes & 9 parcels – 307 cubic feet
SP1098/9Records of Okura - pre 1941 records46 boxes & 1 parcel – 36 cubic feet
SP1098/10Records of Mitsubishi Shoji Kaisha - pre 1941 records112 boxes – 110 cubic feet
SP1098/11Records of Yano and Joko - pre 1941 records65 boxes – 61 cubic feet
SP1098/12Records of Nosawa - pre 1941 records14 boxes – 18 cubic feet
SP1098/13Records of Japan Cotton Trading Company - pre 1941 records170 boxes & 1 parcel – 134 cubic feet
SP1098/15Records of Kiku Gumi - pre 1941 records8 boxes – 8 cubic feet
SP1098/16Records of Iida - pre 1941 records44 boxes – 43 cubic feet
SP1098/17Miscellaneous records1 box – 1 cubic feet
SP1099/1 to SP1099/247 *Records of Yokohama Specie Bank - pre 1941 records1050 boxes – 912 cubic feet
* excludes SP1099/100, SP1099/178, SP1099/185, SP1099/220, SP1099/227 and SP1099/245
SP1101/1Records of Mitsui Bussan Kasha Pty Ltd - pre 1941 records475 boxes – 393 cubic feet
Copyright National Archives of Australia 2017