Around the Branches - Fiji and South East Asia

Suva Branch

Burns Philp Building, Suva. Head Office of Burns Philp (South Sea) Company Ltd in the early sixties with their Motor Showroom (blue tiled on the right) Queensland Insurance Company office then occupied the furthest windows on the middle floor

Suva Branch Suva Branch

Queensland Insurance Fiji branch office, Burns Philp Building Suva and below facing the opposite direction along the frontage of the building on a busy saturday morning

Suva Branch Hibiscus Festival Suva 1961

Hibiscus Festival Suva 1961 taken from a window in the QI office - The newly organised Hibiscus Festival became a great success

BP Taveuni, Fiji

In the mid 1960s Burns Philp's store on the island of Taveuni in Fiji was destroyed by fire. Here BP's manager, Joe's assistant displays important salvage. Taveuni is astride the International Date Line - the 180th Meridian of Longitude. The Date Line does not now precisely follow the Meridian but the story of the pub with two front doors - one legally open on a Saturday and the other legally closed on a Sunday - still gets a good airing

BP Taveuni, Fiji

As the tri-engined de Haviland Drover aircraft is ready to board at Taveuni's Vuna airport the emergency services team is prepared for all eventualities. Note the woman and child carrying the blankets

Suva Branch Staff 1961

Suva Branch Staff 1961

Back Row L to R: Vijay Lal, Jamnadas Chatrabhuj, Hari Prasad, Ramesh Prasad, Suresh Chandra Maharaj

Front Row: Margaret Maybir, Jessie Chan, Vivian Yee, John Drury, Richard Quartermaine

Company Residence, Suva

This is the original company residence at Laucala Bay, Suva taken in the mid sixties. some years later it was sold and another purchased at Tamavua, Suva

Fiji 1963

Left, George (Head Office) and right, Gladys Wedlock with Malcolm McLean (Fiji) and two Burns Philp (South Sea) Co Ltd staff members Terry Eliott and Andrew Duncan. George was relieving manager during RQ's bi-annual leave from Fiji in 1963. Photo courtesy of Malcolm Mclean.

Lautoka Branch Staff 1965

Lautoka Branch Staff 1965. On the right is branch manager Uday Singh, secretary Marie Levy and Unjan Sami, our long serving Lautoka Branch clerk.

Jim Ponsonby in Fiji

Jim Ponsonby visited Suva, Fiji branch in 1966 in his role as Overseas Manager based in the Sydney Head Office of Queensland Insurance Company. During his branch inspection it was considered that a well earned rest was warranted. Here is Jim enjoying that rest aboard a commuter launch for a day out to the Mamanuca Islands off Nadi. You will observe that Jim's brief case also made the excursion.

Jamnadas and family

QI Suva accountant Jamnadas Chatrabhuj, wife and daughters with Margaret, Estelle and Richard Jr on the departure of the Quartermaines on transfer to Singapore on 31st December 1967

Singapore was an emerging nation in 1967 and the development since the time the photo below was taken has been truly remarkable. In the top right of the photo below is the then tallest building in Singapore at 17 storeys; Asia Insurance Building which is now dwarfed by its surroundings.

Singapore River QI Singapore Office

Queensland Insurance SE Asia branch shared accommodation with their chief agents McAlister and Company since 1901 and following the sale of McAlister's Battery Road (Raffles Place) building in the early 1960s they moved to the top floor of Guthrie's building on North Boat Quay, Singapore

Colin Laffey and Staff

Taken at the front of QI Kota Kinabalu, Sabah office in 1968. Colin Laffey was Manager for Borneo covering the East Malaysian States of Sabah and Sarawak and the Sultanate of Brunei reporting to the South East Asia regional office in Singapore. Colin succeeded Graeme Tillotson and was succeeded by Jack Chong.

Pictured L to R: Mr Chok, Mr Cheng, Mrs Chin, Susie Lim, Veronica Fung, (confirming the names of the next three young staff), Colin Laffey.

Roy and Marjorie Fenton

Roy and Marjorie Fenton visited Singapore in 1968 and went accross The Causeway to Malaysia to see the Sultan of Johore's Istana at Johore Bahru. Roy Fenton was seconded to Fiji in the 1930s. He met Marjorie there where she was a member of the Miller family, proprietors of Millers trading store in Suva

Marjorie Fenton

Meanwhile, Fiji operations prospered as depicted in these photographs below

Suva Branch Staff 1970s

Suva Branch Staff 1970s Jamnadas Chatrabhuj, David Wilkinson, Martin Palisi, Vijay Lal, Maxine Bentley and Keith Galloway. Other names needed to complete and Approx date confirmed

Keith Galloway Suva Branch Staff 1970s Suva Branch Staff 1970s Lloyd Liddell and Ron Jackson

Lloyd Liddell and Ron Jackson were in charge at Suva in 1983. Here they are presenting a QBE Award to the Fiji Police
Some yarns are swapped at the Queensland Insurance Christmas Party at Drummoyne in 1972

QI Christmas Party 1972

L to R - including some of their postings: Norm Calvert (Sydney), Lloyd Liddell (Singapore/Sydney/Fiji), Brian Self (Pakistan/London/Sydney) John Drury (Head Office/Fiji/Perth/Sydney)

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