Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Labuan Coal Company

This is a really nice registered letter cover to the Labuan Coal Company at its office in London. Arthur Vanscolina  was the secretary for the Labuan Coal Company. He had many children and one of them, Arthur Gurner Vanscolina went on to work and lived in Labuan. He initially worked for the Labuan Ice Company but later branched on his own and set up Vanscolina & Co who were agents for the Straits Steamship Co., Lloyds, Brunei Rubber Estates etc
In 1912, his brother Albert Victor Vanscolina was recorded as the assistant manager of the Brunei Estates Ltd but unfortunately was stabbed by a native in Temburong in the same year.  A G Vanscolina was socially active and was a vice president of the Labuan Social Club and later the secretary and treasurer for the Labuan Golf Club. He also remained as the local representative for the Labuan Coalfields Company. The coalfields were closed in early 1911 due to the presence of fire damp. A G solf sold out to Harrisons & Crosfield in 1926.
Update: The above short account has been extensively rewritten and corrected thanks to information from the editor of the Sarawak Journal. 

The New Central Borneo Company Ltd were the lessee for the coal mine. In this share certificate dated 1896, A Vanscolina was one of the signatories as the secretary of the company. 


  1. These look like very old manuscripts of the letters. They certainly hold a historical significance. Do you have these or have you got the pictures of these letters?

  2. This was an original share certificate. They are uncommon.
    Or are you referring to the Pollock letters from Sandakan?
    There are 3 known letters in existence dating from April and May 1882.
    I have one of them but the other two with another collector.