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William Douglass Forsyth interviewed by Mel Pratt for the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 2287713
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Forsyth, W. D. (William Douglass), 1909-1993, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open. Pages 244-245, 283-285 and 319-321 closed. 
Description 1972 Jan.-Feb 
5 tape reels (ca. 1066 min.) : 1 7/8 ips, mono. ; 5 in. 
Series

Mel Pratt collection.

Summary

Mr Forsyth talks of his family history and early life in country Victoria; Ballarat High School; his M.A. thesis; his teaching experience; Balliol, Oxford; the Institute o f International Affairs; Munich agreement; Jewish refugees; travelling in Europe, 1939; outbreak of War; Radio Australia; Japanese attacks on Australia; Japanese codes; Dept of External Affairs; Portuguese and Dutch Timor; Australia-New Zealand conferences; London Conference; San Francisco Conference; Evatt; anti-colonial policy in the U.N.; New Guinea trusteeship; Nauru; colonialism; Portuguese Timor; occupation of Japan; Japanese peace settlement; Manus; Netherlands East Indies and Australia; conditions in Batavia; organisation of the Dept of External Affairs; Colombo Plan; South Pacific Commission; major achievements of the Commission; Australia's role in the Commission; Research Council of the South Pacific Commission and SPC conferences.

He then talks about the development of the Pacific islands; SPC work; Australia's role in the U.N.; West New Guinea; Australian and Indonesian relations; Suez; South Vietnam; Petrov affair; Laos; Mekong Valley Scheme; Diem coup; Cuban crisis; Six-Day War; getting Australians out of Lebanon; new embassy in Lebanon; vexations of diplomatic life; Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia.

Biography/History

Mr. William Forsyth was Australian Ambassador to Lebanon 1967-1969, and to Vietnam 1959-1961. He was Secretary-General of the South Pacific Commission from 1948-1951 and again from 1963-1966. He was also Assistant Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs, 1961-1963.

Notes

Recorded at his home in Canberra, A.C.T.

Digital master available National Library of Australia

Index/Finding Aid Note Uncorrected transcript (typescript, 334 leaves) 
Subjects Forsyth, W. D. (William Douglass), 1909-1993 -- Interviews.  |  Diplomats -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Diplomatic and consular service, Australian.  |  Oceania -- Politics and government.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, -1986, Interviewer
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