Traders: A Story of Britain' South-east Asian Commercial Adventure - Sjovald Cunyngham-BrownLondon: Newman Neame, 1971, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper tanned on the verso, now wrapped in a removable protective sleeve.
Includes: Black & white photographs; References; Frontispiece portrait; Appendices (3);
From the cover: “Throughout the world, it is now generally acknowledged that successful international trading is a sound basis for peace, progress and prosperity. Britain is established among the great trading nations and the British have always been proud of their contribution in this sphere. But such a national achievement was only possible because of a long tradition of individual commercial enterprise begun by a few fearless entrepreneurs. Amongst such pioneers was a shrewd and adventurous Scotsman named Alexander Guthrie. It was he who, 150 years ago, founded the farm which was to become today’s household name — in Plantations, in Industry and in International Trade. The Traders not only gives a fascinating account of the remarkable development and expansion of this company, but also places it vividly in the framework of British history. Originally based in the small settlement of Singapore, Guthries was among the first to extend two-way trade to South-east Asia. Cloth, hardware, brandy and sherry were some of Guthries’ imports whilst exports included spices, minerals and essential oils — thus the foundation for Guthries’ future as one of the largest rubber-producing and import/export businesses was laid. Moreover, such has always been the loyalty, courage and resourcefulness of staff, partners and directors that the firm was later able to survive two devastating world wars, and the terrible economic depression between them. Since those modest beginnings Guthries has expanded dramatically, establishing companies throughout Malaysia, Australia, the United Kingdom and southern Africa.
The history of Guthries is far more than the history of a commercial trading venture. It is a colourful story, full of drama and enduring human interest — it tells of piracy, smuggling and intrigue in the early days, and also of the ways in which many of the traders tried to improve life in the multi-racial communities of South-east Asia. This is a book which will appeal strongly not only to everyone connected with Guthries, but also to all those who wish to know more about the part Britain has played in bringing peace and prosperity to one part of the Commonwealth through commercial enterprise.”