Ref NoMCR/4/2/7
Alt Ref NoMR/93
geographical classification 4.4
TitleChina Grass
DescriptionManuscript and typescript letters and reports, printed documents and press cuttings regarding fibre from 'China grass', ramie, rhea and Boehmeria nivea. Includes papers regarding specimens sent to Kew, and on methods of extracting and processing the fibres including a machine invented by Captain Allison in Guatemala, the Faure machine, and the 'Gomess process' of A F Bilderbeck Gomess. Includes material relating to the relative benefits of China grass (Boehmeria nivea) and Ramie or Rhea (Boehmeria tenacissima) in producing commercial fibres. Includes manuscript [copy] report by Alex Hosie, Wênchow Consulate, on 'The Cultivation of Boehmeria nivea, Rhea, Ramie, or China-grass in China and on the Extraction and Preparation of the Fibre'. Includes printed material relating to commercial interests, including The Straits Settements Ramie Fibre Co Limited.

Volume includes letters from and to Thiselton-Dyer and Morris, with correspondence with the India Office, Colonial Office and Foreign Office. Includes papers relating to cultivation and manufacture in China, Britain, India, Guatemala, 'The Congo', and the 'Straits Settlements'. Includes samples of fibre and cloth.

Printed documents include:

- 'Rhea and Allied Rhea Fibres', SELECTIONS FROM THE RECORDS OF THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA, REVENUE AND AGRICULTURAL DEPARTMENT (1888-1889)

- ANNUAL SESSION OF THE FRENCH AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY. RAMIE OR RHEA: ITS CULTIVATION AND PREPARATION (1891)

- British and Foreign Ramie Syndicate, RAMIE: ITS CULTIVATION AND PREPARATION. THE PROBLEM SOLVED.

- Charles Roux, NOTICE SUR LA RAMIE. ÉTAT ACTUEL DE LA QUESTION AU POINT DE VUE AGRICOLE, INDUSTRIEL ET FINANCIER [1891]

- M Alfred Tresca, CONCOURS DE MACHINES ET APPAREILS PROPRES A LA DÉCORTICATION DE LA RAMIE (1891)

- THE AGRICULTURAL LEDGER. NO. 6. A NOTE ON THE RHEA FIBRE, AND ON THE REWARDS FORMERLY OFFERED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA FOR MACHINERY TO BE EMPLOYED IN ITS SEPARATION (Calcutta: Government Printing, 1894)

- WM C Stubbs, RAMIE (BOEHMERIA NIVEA). USES, HISTORY, COMPOSITION, CULTIVATION ETC, WITH REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON THE RECENT PUBLIC TRIAL OF RAMIE MACHINES, AT AUDUBON PARK, NEW ORLEANS. (1895)

- E Mathieu, ESTIMATE OF THE COSTS AND OF THE RETURNS OF A 500-ACRE PLANTATION OF RAMIE IN THE MALAY STATES (Singapore: The Singapore and Straits Printing Office, 1897)

- AGRICULTURAL DEPARTMENT, ASSAM. NOTE ON THE CULTIVATION OF RHEA IN ASSAM (Shillong: Assam Secretariat Printing Office, 1897)

- RHEA: ITS CULTIVATION, DECORTICATION, AND BALING, AND THE SUBSEQUENT TREATMENT OF THE RIBBONS BY THE GOMESS PROCESS (1897) [Includes specimens of fibre and cloth samples]

- MACHINE A DECORTIQUER LA RAMIE SYSTÈME FAURE

- LE CONGRÈS INTERNATIONAL DE LA RAMIE. COMPTE RENDU IN-EXTENSO DE LA PREMIÈRE SESSION (1900)

- Thomas Barraclough, RAMIE, RHEA, CHINA GRASS OR NETTLE FIBRE (Manchester: Mercury Works, 1900).
Date9 Jan 1890-16 Oct 1900
SubjectRamie
Botanical specimens
FormatManuscript papers
Typescript
Published documents
Press cuttings
Specimen
Persons
CodePersonNameDates
DS/UK/464Hosie; Sir; Alexander (1853-1925); Knight1853-1925
DS/UK/480China; Wenchow British Consulate; 1885-? 19001885-? 1900
DS/UK/90Thiselton-Dyer; Sir; William (1843-1928); Knight; British botanist and third director of Kew1843-1928
DS/UK/216Morris; Sir; Daniel (1844-1933); Knight; British botanist and horticulturalist1844-1933
DS/UK/204British Government; India Office; 1858-19471858-1947
DS/UK/153Great Britain and Ireland; Colonial Office; 1854-19661854-1966
DS/UK/321United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland; Foreign Office; 1782-19681782-1968
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