Archive / Papers / Barlow Family: Box 35


Papers of Thomas Bradwall Barlow

35/1: Letters from managers 4 January 1970 – 23 December 1971. Comprising:

  • letters from Gordon H. Lang, Barlow Boustead Estates Agency Ltd/Sdn Bhd and Gordon S. MacDonald, during Lang’s leave (JUL-OCT), including matters relating to the Malayan Palm Oil Pool and the formation of the West Malaysian Palm Oil Producer’s Association;
  • negotiations between the Oil Palm Producers’ Council and the Far Eastern Freight Conference over a separate palm oil contract;
  • meetings of the Rubber Producers’ Council with Malaysian government relating to low price of natural rubber and proposed changes in fiscal policy towards the industry;
  • negotiations relating to the Iraq (Basra) palm oil contract and beginning of shipments;
  • matters relating to palm oil stocks held by Barlow Bulking Ltd and palm oil shipments;
  • Lang’s attendance at conference of the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries;
  • general rubber estate administration including reorganisation of the Kuala Sidim group. Arrival of Henry S. Barlow to work in the Kuala Lumpur office, Lang’s recommendation that he join the boards’ of Highlands & Lowlands and other local companies (DEC);
  • Lang’s decision to retire by April/May 1972.

35/2: Letters from managers 3 January 1972 – 24 December 1973. Comprising:

  • letters from Gordon H. Lang (to APR 1972) and Gordon S. MacDonald, Barlow Boustead Estates Agency Ltd/Sdn Bhd, concerning general estate management, staffing and visiting agents;
  • sale of Edinburgh estate, possible purchase of Sagga estate by Bradwall (F.M.S.) Rubber Estate Ltd;
  • reports concerning Torkington estate and change of manager;
  • decision to build palm oil bulking facility at Butterworth;
  • appointment of G. Goudie as Highlands group visiting agent/agricultural adviser.

35/3: Letters from managers 3 January 1974 – 17 September 1980. Comprising:

  • letters from Gordon S. MacDonald, managing director, Barlow Boustead Estates Agency Ltd/Sdn Bhd, including likely impact of Malaysian New Economic Policy on expatriate plantation companies (MAR 1974);
  • government price stabilization/buffer stock scheme for rubber industry (OCT – DEC 1974);
  • question of transferring Highlands & Lowlands parent and subsidiary companies to Malaysia (DEC 1974); reconstruction of the board of directors to accommodate Malaysian shareholders (JUN – JUL 1975);
  • establishment of the Palm Oil Registration & Licencing Authority (PORA) (OCT 1975);
  • general estate management and staffing, valuations for possible acquisitions;
  • gradually declining frequency of correspondence.