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Minute Book No. 1: Board of Directors; AGMs

  • Morris, Little & Son Limited, 1877-
3 Nov 1927 - 5 Sep 1939
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Wellcome Foundation Ltd
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This volume contains minutes of meetings of the board of directors, AGMs and EGMs, as well as some related papers. The minutes of some AGMs are missing.

Meetings of the board took place bi-monthly for the most part, though at other intervals on occasion. Meetings discussed the financial position of the company, administrative matters, directors and shareholdings, products, and related subjects. There were also often discussions on Little, Fison, Ratcliff Ltda, and relations with that company.

The meeting of the board of directors on p. 1 of this volume is noted as the three hundred and tenth, suggesting that the company had existed long before 1927.

A meeting on 25 Oct 1927 (noted on p.2) discussed the amalgamation of the company with Cooper McDougall & Robertson Ltd.

There is an index at the front of this volume.

pp. 13-15 include a translation of telegrams received from abroad in code. Telegrams sent and received are also noted in subsequent meetings.

On p. 26 the board is noted as having advised Little, Fison, Ratcliff Ltda in Argentina not to insure against riots in future.

The meeting of 29 Feb 1928 (p. 30) is noted as awarding an grant of £200 to the Company Secretary "in sympathetic assistance in respect of the expense and trouble occasioned by the tragedy due to his son's severe injuries in the war..."

On pp. 66-68, notes of retiring allowances / 'redundancy' payments are given - these appear to be related to the closure of the Morris, Little & Sons Ltd premises at Stockwith.

On p. 89 a note of congratulation to Mr F G C Fison on his election as an MP appears. On the same page there is a note about the death of the widow of Mr Little in Australia.

The closure of the company's factory in Ipswich is noted on pp. 102-103. The sale of the premises for £4750 is noted on p. 120.

Company tactics in circumventing restrictions on the de-rating scheme [a device for obtaining discounts on rates paid to local government] for its premises in Halifax are noted on p. 115.

Across-the-board pay cuts as a result of the economic depression are noted on p. 121.

The meeting of 15 Jul 1931 (pp. 122-123) agreed to hold board meetings every six months in future. In fact they occurred thereafter at intervals of two to five months in general.

The formation of a New Zealand subsidiary company (Morris, Little & Sons (NZ) Ltd) is noted on p. 157.

pp. 196-202 contain the minutes of meetings of the board of directors, EGMs and an AGM for Morris, Little & Son (Foreign & Colonial) Ltd, which have been struck through with pencil. They date from 1929.


3 Nov 1927 - 5 Sep 1939

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