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Alec Borthwick interviewed by Michael Wilson for the Australian diplomacy 1950-1990 oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 568993
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Borthwick, (H. E.) Alexander, Interviewee
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1994 Sept. 29 
2 sound cassettes (ca. 206 min.) 

Australian diplomacy 1950-1990 oral history project.


Mr Borthwick talks about joining the Dept. of External Affairs; security; Tom Dalton; deciphering cables in New Zealand; dispatches; the New Zealand foreign service; working as PA for Burton; Mac Ball; John Burton; living conditions in Colombo; Colombo Plan meeting; Spender; Menzies' visit; Australian aid; Volunteers for Indonesia; Alan Watt in Singapore; housing in Singapore; his children's education; immigration; riots; the Japanese and the Colombo Plan China and the Wheat Board; Tange's visit to Thailand; Gorton's visit to Taipei; housing in Bangkok; British Interpreters' test; dealings with the Thais; Wattener; impressions of Thailand; squadron at Ubon; aid projects; Marshall Surit; ambassador's staff; education in New Guinea; New Guinea independence; his move from the East Asia Section; speakers' list; government in Laos; Vientiane; being shot at by Pathet Lao; change of government; flying to visit the King; evacuation of staff and dependents from Laos; return to Colombo; changes in Ceylon; Mrs Banmark; representation in the United Nations; his return from Colombo; Vietnam War and the US; changes to the Dept.; housing in Canberra in 1940s; living conditions overseas; children's education; postings; amalgamation with Trade; assessment system.


Mr Borthwick joined the Dept. of External Affairs in 1943 and became Australian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka. He also served in New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand and Laos.


Recorded on 29 September 1994.

Digital master available National Library of Australia ;

Index/Finding Aid Note Transcript available : (122 p.) 
Subjects Borthwick, (H. E.) Alexander -- Interviews.  |  Australia. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  |  Ambassadors -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Australia -- Foreign relations -- 1945-
Other authors/contributors Wilson, Michael, 1928-, Interviewer


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