Department of Finance
Records relating to Japanese companies seized under Trading with the Enemy Act 1939
Transfer of custody and ownership
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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.
For assistance with this authority or for advice on other records management matters, please contact National Archives' Agency Service Centre.
Ms Rosemary Huxtable, PSM
Department of Finance
Authorises arrangements for the disposal of records in accordance with Section 24(2)(b) of the Archives Act 1983.
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.
National Archives of Australia
27 April 2017
|Class no||Description of records||Disposal action|
Records described in Schedule 1 that:
|Transfer custody and ownership to National Archives of Japan|
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 Accession||Title||Quantity identified in 1957|
|SP1096/1||Records of Mitsubishi Shoji Kaisha Pty Ltd (Melbourne Branch) - pre 1941 records||97 boxes – 60 cubic feet|
|SP1096/2||Records of Mitsui Pty Ltd (Melbourne) - pre 1941 Records||18 boxes – 11 cubic feet|
|SP1096/3||Records of John Mitchell & Co (Kotoh-Melbourne) - pre 1941 records||18 boxes – 11 cubic feet|
|SP1096/4||Records of Iida & Co (Melbourne) - pre 1941 records||31 boxes – 22 cubic feet|
|SP1096/5||Records of Mitsui Bussan Kaisha Pty Ltd (Melbourne Branch) - pre 1941 records||47 boxes – 34 cubic feet|
|SP1098/4||Records of Mitsui - pre 1941 records||320 boxes & 15 parcels – 262 cubic feet|
|SP1098/7 *||Records of Araki - pre 1941 records||440 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|
|SP1098/8||Records of Yamashita - pre 1941 records||366 boxes & 9 parcels – 307 cubic feet|
|SP1098/9||Records of Okura - pre 1941 records||46 boxes & 1 parcel – 36 cubic feet|
|SP1098/10||Records of Mitsubishi Shoji Kaisha - pre 1941 records||112 boxes – 110 cubic feet|
|SP1098/11||Records of Yano and Joko - pre 1941 records||65 boxes – 61 cubic feet|
|SP1098/12||Records of Nosawa - pre 1941 records||14 boxes – 18 cubic feet|
|SP1098/13||Records of Japan Cotton Trading Company - pre 1941 records||170 boxes & 1 parcel – 134 cubic feet|
|SP1098/15||Records of Kiku Gumi - pre 1941 records||8 boxes – 8 cubic feet|
|SP1098/16||Records of Iida - pre 1941 records||44 boxes – 43 cubic feet|
|SP1098/17||Miscellaneous records||1 box – 1 cubic feet|
|SP1099/1 to SP1099/247 *||Records of Yokohama Specie Bank - pre 1941 records||1050 boxes – 912 cubic feet|
|* excludes SP1099/100, SP1099/178, SP1099/185, SP1099/220, SP1099/227 and SP1099/245|
|SP1101/1||Records of Mitsui Bussan Kasha Pty Ltd - pre 1941 records||475 boxes – 393 cubic feet|