John Buttery

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John Buttery was a merchant operating in the Straits Settlements of Penang, Malacca and Singapore.

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  • The London Gazette Issue 27183 published on 17 April 1900. Page 32 of 56[1]
  • Sandilands Buttery and Co. Ltd. By Chia, Joshua Yeong Jia written on 2006-10-17, National Library Board Singapore
  • The Economic Growth of Singapore: Trade and Development in the Twentieth Century By W. G. Huff Published by Cambridge University Press, 1994 ISBN 0-521-62944-6, ISBN 978-0-521-62944-7, Pages 184, 187
  • Treasury Collision Agreement, Kuala Lumpur, 1 September 1955, By Command, C.R. FORSYTH, Secretary to the Treasury, The Treasury, GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERATION OF MALAYA
  • Great Britain and the East Published by Great Britain and the East, 1913, pp. 55, 58, 61 on Sandilands Buttery & Co and John Buttery & Co
  • Ownership and Control in the Malayan Economy: A Study of the Structure of Ownership and Control, and Its Effects on the Development of Secondary Industries and Economic Growth in Malaya and Singapore By J. J. Puthucheary, Published by University of Malaya Co-operative Bookshop, 1979 pp. 39 on Sandilands Buttery Ltd and John Buttery & Co
  • The Directory & Chronicle for China, Japan, Corea, Indo-China, Straits Settlements, Malay States, Siam, Netherlands India, Borneo, the Philippines, &c., Published by Hong Kong Daily Press Office, 1874 p. 734 on Sandilands, Buttery & Co and John Buttery, GM Sandilands, John Allan, Jas. Gibson, AG Wright
  • Penang Information Guide By Khaw, K. H. (Firm) Published by K. H. Khaw, 1951 pp. 29 on John Buttery, Sandilands, Buttery & Co. and The Henry Gardner Group of Companies which took over and re-opened Sandilands, Buttery & Co., Ltd.
  • Transactions - North East Coast Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders By North East Coast Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders Published by North East Coast Institutiton of Engineers and Shipbuilders., 1920 pp. 580 on John Buttery and Hall-Brown, Buttery & Co.
  • From Early Days By Singapore International Chamber of Commerce, Singapore International Chamber of Commerce Published by Singapore International Chamber of Commerce, 1979 p. 90, 91 on John Buttery, George MacFarlane Sandilands and the formation of Sandilands, Buttery & Co
  • Marine Engineer and Naval Architect Published by, 1900 p. 33
  • Western Enterprise in Indonesia and Malaya: A Study in Economic Development By George Cyril Allen, Audrey Donnithorne Published by Allen & Unwin, 1957 on Buttery and Company of Penang and Sandilands Buttery and Company of Singapore p. 55
  • Mining Manual Containing Full Particulars of Mining Companies By Walter Robert Skinner Published by The Financial Times., 1894 p. 614 on Buttery, John, of John Buttery and Co., East India merchants
  • Straits Settlements Overprints by the Commercial Overprint Society of Great Britain[2]
  • Twentieth century impressions of British Malaya: its history, people, commerce, industries, and resources by Arnold Wright, Published 1908 p. 793: The firm of Messrs Sandilands, Buttery & Co. was established at Pinang in 1854-55 by Messrs John Buttery and G. M. Sandilands, both of Glasgow, on the site of the present Government buildings. The partners commenced business as East India merchants with an office in Glasgow, but transferred in 1875 to London. Early in the history of the firm Mr. John Allan was taken into partnership. After the death of Mr. Sandilands, at Hampstead, in 1880 and of Mr. Allan in 1849, the firm consisted of J. Buttery, James Gibson, Arthur George Wright, Daniel Gilchrist and A. K. Buttery, the last named two being at Pinang. The London offices are No. 5, Mark Lane, and there is a branch at Singapore. At the present time the firm are general exporters and importers. Their imports comprise all imaginable articles, from cotton goods, iron ware and machinery to wines and spirits. Flake tapioca forms the principal article of export, the firm being agents for the well-known tapioca estates of Batu Puteh in the Kedah district and Alma estate in Province Wellesley. Pepper, nutmegs, cloves and isinglass are dealt in, while Rambong rubber from Sumatra, as well as estate-grown Para rubber is also traded in extensively. Tobacco grown on the famous Paya Jambu estate at Deli, Sumatra, is sent direct by the firm to their brokers in Amsterdam and there sold. They also ship tin largely to all parts of the world, whilst sugar in its raw state from Province Wellesley is consigned to the London and Greenock refineries. Among the agencies held by the firm are those of the National Bank of China, Ltd., National Bank of India Ltd., Clan line of steamers, Ben line, Union line, Mogul line, Warrack line, Pacific Mail Steamship Company, Occidental and Oriental Steamship Company, Toyo, Kisen, Kaisha, Portland and Asiatic Steamship Company, Lloyd's, Liverpool Underwriters Association, Glasgow; Underwiting Association, London; Imperial Fire Office, Norwich Union Fire Insurance Company, Commercial Union Insurance Company, Ltd., Liverpool and London and Globe Insurance Company, Standard Life Assurance Company, Merchants' Marine Insurance Company Ltd., Union Insurance Company of Canton Ltd., Yangtze insurance Association Ltd., City of Glasgow Life Assurance Company, Globe Marine Insurance Company, World's Marine Insurance Company, Italia Soc. Asicurazioni, Paya Jambu Tobacco Estate, and Larut Tin Mining Company. At the staff consists of three Europeans and a number of native clerks, storekeepers, coolies and others. The firms godowns extend in an unbroken block from Beach Street to Weld Quay. Mr. Alexander Kay Buttery, who was born in Glasgow and educated at Charterhouse and King's College, London, joined the office in Mark Lane and came to the East in 1894. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, of the committee of the Turf Club, and of the Pinang Association, a member of all local clubs, a Justice of the Peace, and was formerly a member of the Municipal Council. He is a well-known patron of the turf, owning the horses Diamond Star and Evening Star, which did so well in 1906. His private residence is at "Highbury," Perak Road.
  • Twentieth century impressions of British Malaya: its history, people, commerce, industries, and resources by Arnold Wright, Published 1908 p. 820: John Buttery & Co, London are the London agents of Leng Cheak & Company, founded by Mr Lim Leng Cheak. Leng Cheak & Company own rice, tapioca and sugar mills.


  1. ^ In the Matter of the Larut Tin Mining Company Limited. AT an Extraordinary General Meeting of the above named Company duly convened and held at No. 5 Mark-lane in the city of London on the 22nd day of March 1900 the following resolution was duly passed ; and at a subsequent Extraordinary General Meeting of the Members of the said Company also duly convened and held at the same place on the lOth day of April 1900 the following resolution was duly confirmed:—"That the Company be wound up voluntarily." No. 5, Mark-lane, London, E.C. Dated llth April, 1900. JOHN BUTTERY, Chairman.
  2. ^ Sandilands, Buttery & Co., Singapore was first established in 1859 in Penang as Lorraine, Sandilands & Co., after the first British trader there. Lorraine retired in 1862, causing the company name to change to Sandilands & Co. When Mr John Buttery joined in 1863, the name changed again to Sandilands, Buttery & Co.