W R Loxley & Co (China) Ltd – Hong Kong Merchants from 1872 – initial notes

According to Claire Grey’s excellent family history website, linked below, W R Loxley and Company (China) Ltd was established in Hong Kong in 1872 and…

‘…J. M. Beattie bought it possibly in 1900. Later two brothers: A. Beattie and M. P. Beattie joined the firm. The business was sold to J. A. Russell and D. O. Russell in 1919 and under the agreement A. Beattie became manager of the London branch.

In 1919 when Archie set up China Minerals Ltd. to search for coal in China, W.R. Loxley and Co. acted as agents for the Company. The Annual Report for Malayan Collieries in June 1920 reported that it’s London Agents were now W. R. Loxley and Co, 34, Lime Street, E.C.3.

On 25 March Archie gave power of attorney to Adriaan van der Harst to act on behalf of W. R. Loxley & Company. The Straits Times of 21 April 1920, reported that “ A.A. van der Harst, who spent many years of his business life in Singapore before leaving, about 10 months ago to take an appointment in Hong Kong, has returned and is about to open a local branch of the firm W. R. Loxley and Co., the well known Hongkong merchants”…(1)

Claire has kindly given permission for this extract to be included here.

W R Loxley & Co China Ltd Postal Stamp Perfin Rodsell. Com

W R Loxley perfin Courtesy (2)


W R Loxley & Co China Ltd Agent Gillette Advert HK Sunday Herald 29.10.1950

HK Sunday Herald 29.10.1950

W R Loxley & Co China Ltd Agent Advert 1953

Advert 1953

This article was first posted on 20th June 2017.


  1. Dearie:Russell Family History – WR Loxley & Company The aim of this site is to record all the information we have already discovered about Richard Dearie, his son John Russell and their descendants.
  2. Rod Sell’s website – HK Postal Stamp perfins – featuring a considerable number of HK company examples

One comment

  • Philip Cracknell

    Donald Oscar Russell born 7th Aug 1887 was still living in HK in December 1941 aged 54. He gives his occupation as being a Merchant Wr Loxley & Co.. He was interned at Stanley Camp in St Stephens College Block. (Block 9). Others in Stanley Camp who gave Loxley as their employers included James Alexander Watson and Chester Bennett.

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