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Alan Renouf interviewed by Michael Wilson in the Australian diplomacy 1950-1990 oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 2091303
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Renouf, Alan, 1919-, Interviewee
 
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1993 
5 sound cassettes (ca. 297 min.) : analog, mono. 
Series

Australian diplomacy 1950-1990 oral history project.

Summary

Renouf, Australian diplomat, Secretary of the Dept. of Foreign Affairs, 1974-1977, talks of his entry into the foreign service; his attempts to leave the Dept. during the war; the Preparatory Commission of the UN in London; Bruce and Evatt's relationship; Hasluck; beginning of the UN Security Council; opening the UN office in New York; living in Manhattan; finding office accommodation; pay and living conditions; working for the Secretariat; Evatt; world trade conferences; ITO charter; GATT; Colombo Plan; Sadat; Sabry; Spender's move to Washington; agreement between the US and Australia on atomic energy; relations between the US and Australia; Spender as ambassador; Alfred Sterling; accommodation in Paris; French intelligence; living conditions in Lagos; travelling through African countries; French colonialism; Howard Beale; Vietnam war; Beale's resignation; Menzies as public speaker; living conditions at Belgrade; security in Romania; Tito regime; life in Yugoslavia; living conditions in Paris; Australian Embassy property in Paris.

Renouf discusses the Vietnam Peace Talks; Chinese negotiations; article for the Bulletin; Whitlam's visits to France; French nuclear tests; taking over from Keith Waller; Ric Throssil; the role of a Secretary; Malcolm Fraser; Fraser's visit to Japan and China; his move to Washington; ideas on what is needed in the foreign service; political affiliations of public servants; Hasluck's attitude to public servants; Casey as foreign minister.

Notes

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

Recorded on Nov. 13, 1993.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-217167999

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (7 p.) and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 126 leaves) 
Subjects Renouf, Alan, 1919- -- Interviews.  |  Australia. Department of Foreign Affairs -- History.  |  Australia. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade -- History.  |  Australia. Department of External Affairs -- History.  |  Ambassadors -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Australia -- Foreign relations -- 1945-
Other authors/contributors Wilson, Michael, 1928-, Interviewer  |  Australia. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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ORAL TRC 2981/6 (transcript)
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