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Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/112-077

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives


Date(s): 1945-1992

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 45 production units comprising 3 volumes, 3 binders and 39 envelopes.

Name of creator(s): Harrisons Lister Engineering Ltd


Administrative/Biographical history:

Harrisons Lister Engineering Limited was registered in 1946 to take over the existing engineering agency business of Harrisons and Crosfield Limited and its associated companies, and to act as agents for engineering products in association with R.A. Lister and Company Limited. The Company exported engines and other mechanical and electrical equipment and general engineering supplies to Ceylon [Sri Lanka], Malaya [Malaysia], Netherlands East Indies [Indonesia], North Borneo and later also Singapore. It had branches in Colombo, Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jesselton and Sandakan. In 1948 the Company decided not to open branches in Indonesia, but to effect sales through Harrisons and Crosfield Limited's branches in Medan and Batavia as agents.

In 1982 Harrisons Lister Engineering in Malaysia merged with J. Whyte and Company (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd. J. Whyte (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd was sold in 1987. In 1983 Harrisons and Crosfield Limited purchased from R.A. Lister the remaining stock of Harrisons Lister Engineering (Singapore).

For historical notes on the Company see CLC/B/112/MS37392. For staff lists see CLC/B/112/MS37341.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Harrisons Lister Engineering Limited, including articles of association; minute books; annual reports; correspondence; memoranda; reports; and financial accounts.

Access to records less than 30 years old (or records less than 70 years old which relate to staff) should be sought from Elementis plc (contact details may be obtained from a member of staff).


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Records arranged by MS number, assigned during cataloguing at the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section.

Conditions governing access:

Restricted access: please see staff.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The records of Harrisons and Crosfield and its subsidiary and secretarial companies were transferred to Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section between 1990 and 1998. The records were presented as a gift to the Library, except the minute books of some subsidiary companies which are held as a deposit. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.


Related material:

The Harrisons and Crosfield Ltd collection has been divided into 167 sub-fonds; CLC/B/112-001 to CLC/B/112-167. 001 to 016 are records relating to Harrisons and Crosfield (such as operational records, staff records, property records and so on), and 017 to 167 are the records of subsidiaries, plantations and associated organisations.

DESCRIPTION NOTES Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: November 2010 to January 2011.

Business records | Documents | Information sources
Engineering firms | Companies | Enterprises
Mechanical equipment
Trade (practice)

Personal names

Corporate names
Harrisons and Crosfield Ltd | traders in tea | coffee | rubber | timber | chemicals | and other agricultural products
Harrisons Lister Engineering Ltd

Borneo | South East Asia
Indonesia | South East Asia
Malaysia | South East Asia
Singapore | South East Asia
Sri Lanka | South Asia