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Neil Truscott interviewed by Michael Wilson for the Australian diplomacy 1950-1990 oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 2091274
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Truscott, Neil, Interviewee
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1994 Mar. 23 
4 tape reels (ca. 189 min.) : 7 1/2 ips., 2 track mono. ; 7 in. and 10 in. 

Australian diplomacy 1950-1990 oral history project.


Mr Truscott talks of his early life in Victoria and Perth; enlistment in the Navy; selection as a diplomatic cadet; Pacific Branch; travelling to Washington; staffing in Washington; International Civil Aviation conference; impressions of Washington; Owen Dixon; Keith Aitkin; Frederick Eggleston; visitors to Washington; Evatt; US attitude to Australia; growth of the Department; South Pacific Commission, 1949; staffing at the Australian Commission, Singapore; terrorism in Singapore; independence of Singapore and Malaysia; Malcolm McDonald; changes to the residence, Singapore; riots, 1950; consular work; communications with Canberra; migrants to Australia; administration in Canberra; overseas travel committee; personnel, property sections; conditions of service, postings; living conditions, Jakarta, 1955; Walter Crocker; Treasury and Public Service Board attitudes to staffing and conditions; Tange's interest in management.

Truscott discusses the German Embassy staffing; political situation and social life in Germany; relationship with the Foreign Ministry; Information and Cultural Relations Branch; Vietnam war pamphlets; Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament; integration of aborigines; responsibilities in San Francisco; migration from the US; Humpty Doo; Vietnam War; Reagan; Australian interests in the Lebanon; living conditions in Beirut; Protocol, Canberra; political situation in Iraq; Kurdestan; Lebanese and Syrian embassies; civil war in Beirut; Damascus; Jordan; activities before retirement; retirement; changes to the Department; professionalism; conditions of service; wives ; children's education.


Mr Truscott joined the Department of External Affairs during World War II and served in Washington, Singapore, Jakarta, Bonn, San Francisco, the Lebanon, Iraq, Syria and Jordon.


Recorded on 23 March 1994 at the National Library of Australia, Canberra.

Digital master available National Library of Australia ;

Index/Finding Aid Note Transcript available: (87 p.) 
Subjects Truscott, Neil -- Interviews.  |  Australia. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  |  Diplomats -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Australia -- Foreign relations -- 1945-  |  Southeast Asia -- Foreign relations.
Other authors/contributors Wilson, Michael, 1928-, Interviewer


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