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David Anderson interviewed by Michael Wilson for the Australian diplomacy 1950-1990 oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 2091265
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Anderson, David, 1923-, Interviewee
Access Conditions Written permission required for research use and public use during the lifetime of the interviewee. 
Description 1994 Jan. 31 
7 tape reels (ca. 225 min.) : 7 1/2 ips., full track mono. ; 7 in. 

Australian diplomacy 1950-1990 oral history project.


Mr Anderson talks of his entry into the foreign service; the French attitude to Australia; living conditions in Paris; enciphering messages in Karachi; Oldham; impressions of Karachi; his experiences in Noumea; his involvement with the South Pacific Commission; colonial French relations with Australia; Defence Liaison Branch, Canberra; Tange and Watt; opening the office in Cambodia; recognition of Vietnam; living conditions in Phnom Penh; the situation in Cambodia in 1955; South Vietnam; relations between Cambodia and South Vietnam; Sihanouk and the US; Australian policy in Cambodia; Sihanouk; North Vietnam and the Eastern Bloc; Sihanouk and Thailand; Japanese fishermen and the BCOF; Treaty of Commerce; Japanese attitude to Asia and the Pacific; Australia and Japan; changes in the Department; West New Guinea and Indonesia; Barwick and West New Guina; Vietcong activities, 1962; the US and Diem.

Anderson discusses the Vietnamese Military coup (1964); US involvement in South Vietnam; Europe and Vietnam; visits to Vietnam by Australian Ministers; local support for the Vietcong; living conditions in Saigon; peace negotiations; recognition of China; recognition of North Korea; French nuclear tests; living accommodation in Paris; appointment as permanent representative to the UN; European Commission; conditions of service; foreign service Ministers.


Mr Anderson joined the Dept. of External Affairs in 1945 and served in Karachi, Noumea, Phnom Penh, Tokyo, Vietnam, France, Morocco, the UN, New York, and as Ambassador to the European Community.


Recorded as part of a joint project with the Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Recorded in Sydney on 31 January 1994.

Digital master available National Library of Australia ;

Index/Finding Aid Note Uncorrected transcript (typescript, 91 leaves). 
Subjects Anderson, David, 1923- -- Interviews.  |  Australia. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  |  Ambassadors -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Australia -- Foreign relations -- 1945-  |  Australia -- Foreign relations -- Southeast Asia.  |  Southeast Asia -- Foreign relations -- Australia.
Other authors/contributors Wilson, Michael, 1928-, Interviewer


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