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Meaburn Tatham (1886-1976)

Visit to Tasmania in 1932

BUSINESS OUTLOOK

RESTORATION OF CONFIDENCE.
MR. M. TATHAM'S VIEWS.

Mr. M. Tatham, secretary of Cadbury Brothers Ltd., of Bourneville, England, who, accompanied by Mrs. Tatham, reached Hobart on Tuesday, is making a very short stay in Tasmania on his way to New Zealand, where his object is to get into touch with Cadbury-Fry-Hudson's factory at Dunedin, in which his firm became interested two years ago. He has had a very brief opportunity of seeing something of the mainland depots of Cadbury-Fry-Pascall Pty. Ltd. at Perth, Adelaide, and Melbourne, and hopes to spend a few days in Sydney on the way to New Zealand. He is staying with Mr. N. P. Booth, of Cadbury-Fry-Pascall Pty. Ltd., at Claremont, and in an interview yesterday said that from talks with his firm's representatives on the mainland and with the directors at headquarters in Tasmania he had gained the impression that there was already a little more confidence, and that the worst of the trade depression in Australia was over.

"It is just nine years since I was last here, when the business at Claremont was still in the early stages of development," he said. It is a great joy to me to renew old acquaintances in this hospitable State. During my former visit I made a trip to Cradle Mountain, where the wonderful, scenery put me in mind of Scotland. Of course, when I looked closer I saw that the trees were different. But the impression still remained, because everybody that I met seemed to be called "Mac."

Asked how the business outlook in Great Britain was, Mr. Tatham said: "Before I left England I had the impression that the success of the great conversion loan had created an atmosphere of confidence, and the latest returns of unemployment figures through the wireless news on board ship certainly confirmed the impression that trade is substantially better. It is to be hoped that the new conversion loan in Australia will help the position here in the same way."

[The Mercury, Hobart, 11 Nov 1932]


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