106 emigrant families leaving Tianjin (天津) under British supervision for North Borneo

106 emigrant families leaving Tianjin (天津) under British supervision for North Borneo




University of Bristol - Historical Photographs of China reference number: NA27-01. See NA27-02 (group portrait of the men), NA27-03 (group portrait of the women), and NA27-04 (group portrait of the children). Sir West Ridgeway’s Chinese labour scheme with the British North Borneo Company. The forwarding company of Messrs. Forbes & Company of Tianjin was engaged to transport this first batch of 106 families (430 people) to Sabah, Borneo (Malaysia). The group was accompanied by Dr Sia Tien Bao (Xie Tanbao). From an album in The National Archives entitled ‘MISCELLANEOUS 20. Photograph album. Photographs depict scenes of emigrants from China leaving under British supervision to British North Borneo in the 1920s. (CO 1069/794)’. Crown copyright image reproduced by permission of The National Archives, London, England. The National Archives give no warranty as to the accuracy, completeness or fitness for purpose of the information provided. This image may be used only for purposes of research, private study or education. Applications for any other use should be made to The National Archives Image Library, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU, UK. Telephone: 020 8392 5225. Fax: 020 8392 5266. Infringement of the above condition may result in legal action.

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All the 106 families grouped together in Messrs William Forbes and Companies compound with the Civil Governor, Dr T B Sia, Dr G O'Neil and Messrs Herbert Sheppard, W E Southcott, Captain Woo, Tu and Kuo.



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The National Archives, London