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Duncan Campbell interviewed by Michael Wilson for the Australian diplomacy 1950-1990 oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 581347
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Campbell, Duncan, 1933-, Interviewer
Access Conditions Access open for research; written permission required for personal copies and public use during the lifetime of the interviewee. 
Description 1994 Feb. 1 
6 tape reels (ca. 202 min.) : 7 1/2 ips., full track mono. : 7 in. 

Australian diplomacy 1950-1990 oral history project.


Mr Campbell talks of his childhood in Clare, South Australia; his joining the foreign service; Indonesian language course; living conditions in Jakarta; political unrest in Indonesia, 1957-59; West New Guinea issue; Indonesia's attitude to Timor; Indonesia, 1960; Menzies' visit to Indonesia; his impressions of Washington; Australian attitude to Malaysia; US attitude to Malaysia; Robert Kennedy and Australian foreign policy; transference of West New Guinea to Indonesian authority; confrontation with the Indonesians over Malaysia; US attitude to the confrontation; ANZUS; the Department's attitude towards divorced officers; housing in Islamabad; impressions of Pakistan; Ayub regime; shopping and roads in Afghanistan; Malay outbreak in Kuala Lumpur, 13 May 1969; five power arrangements; Butterworth; Australian relationship with S-E Asia; SEATO; Australian commitment to the Vietnam War; UN Committee of 24 on decolonisation.

Campbell discusses Papua New Guinea independence; Cocos; Puerto Rico; Secretariat and cold war tensions; UN and Timor; multilateral work; Lusaka CHOGRM; role of CHOGRMs; IAEA issues: aid, non-proliferation regime, election of Blix; narcotics commission; Stuart Harris appointment; arms control demonstration; Treaty of Rarotonga; Harris as Secretary; Italian issues: blood connection with Australia and economic relationship; language difficulties in Italy; FAO; changes in the Department in policy and management; new technology; reflections on diplomatic way of life.


Duncan Campbell joined the Dept. of External Affairs in 1955, and served in Jakarta, Washington, Malaysia, Austria, Hungary and Italy, as well as being the permanent representative for Australia in the United Nations. He was Deputy Secretary of the Dept. of Foreign Affairs at the time of his retirement.


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

Digital master available National Library of Australia ;

Index/Finding Aid Note Transcript available: (93 p.) 
Subjects Campbell, Duncan, 1933- -- 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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