Little, John

John Little was a miller and grain merchant at Sentry Hill who also had an interest in the development of the petroleum industry in Taranaki.
The collection reflects John Little's interest in the petroleum industry in Taranaki. It includes information on the winding up of the company Coal, Oil (NZ) Ltd who had the Omata oil-lease.

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  Box 1

1. Moturoa Oil Fields:

Prospectus 1932 (2 copies); Circular to shareholders April 11 1932 (with envelope minus stamp);Application for shares 1932, Circular to Shareholders 6 July 1932 (with envelope minus stamp); 2nd annual report 6 Dec. 1932, Notice of AGM/Proxy vote, application for preference shares (with envelope minus stamp); 3rd Annual report 15 Dec. 1933, Notice of AGM / proxy vote form and covering letter; 4th annual report 28 Nov 1934, notice of AGM /Proxy vote form (with envelope minus stamp); 5th Annual report 20 Dec 1935, Notice of AGM / proxy vote form (with envelop minus stamp)

2. Taranaki Petroleum Co:

Reminiscences of ? Walters (with envelope - no stamp) - possibly written by J Little; Annual reports for 1909, 1910 and 1911 (with envelope - stamp removed)

3. Refining process:

Notes on the petrochemical refining process, written in the same hand (J Little?) as 'Taranaki Petroleum C reminiscences

4. Coal, Oil (NZ) Ltd;

Circular to shareholders 1st Feb 1932 re winding up; the formation of Joint trustees Omata (NZ) Syndicate and a covering letter from the Committee of Management. 8 Feb 1932, Booklet titled Oil Exploration in New Zealand, Nov 1929.

5. New Plymouth (NZ) Oil Wells Limited:

Prospectus (revised) March 25 1930; form for application of shares and several newspaper clippings

6. Taranaki (NZ) Oil Fields No Liability:

Memorandum 18 May 1938; memorandum 26 May 1938; envelope with stamp removed.

7. Taranaki (NZ) Oil Wells:

Manuscript notes on purchase and payment (undated)

8. Miscellaneous papers:

Letter to J Little from Okey, House of reps June 12th 1909 (with envelope)

Letter to J Little from Edward Clarke NZ Geological Survey Dec. 4 1909

Letter to J Little from Edward Clarke, University College, Auckland, Sept. 2 1911

Letter to Mr Little from H Brown, Criterion Hotel letterhead. Feb 9 1912

Letter to J Little from Charles Taylor, Managing Director Moturoa Oil Fields Ltd. 23rd Dec. 1930

Letter to Mr Little from unidentified person Dec. 30 1930

9. Petroleum Scrapbook

Contains information and reports on wells sunk by Taranaki (NZ) Petroleum and Ironsand Co. Ltd, the Moturoa Petroleum Co and the Taranaki Petroleum Co.

10. Miscellaneous reports/papers

‘Some Essentials for Successful Oil Development’ by Frederick G Clapp. Reprinted from Engineering and Mining Journal Vol. 122, No 15, 19th October 1926 (with envelope minus stamp)

11. Petroleum Act 1927

12. Photo of Moturoa Oilfields bore No 3 and a general view of the Moturoa Oil Fields by W. A. Collis as published in the Auckland Weekly News (undated)

13. Newspaper clippings. Petrochemical industry in Taranaki. Original envelope in which the papers were stored.

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