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Laurence McIntyre interviewed by Mel Pratt for the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 727969
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
McIntyre, Laurence, Sir, 1912-1981, Interviewee
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1975 Sept. 9 - Nov. 27 
3 tape reels (ca. 480 min.) : 1 7/8 ips, mono. ; 5 in. 

Mel Pratt collection.


Sir Laurence McIntyre, diplomat, talks of his early life in Tasmania; Exeter College, Oxford; Australia House, London; outbreak of World War II; Fairbridge Trust; arrival in Canberra, 1940; Colonel Hodgson; John Hood; Anthony Vines; Washington Legation; Owen Dixon; Evatt; Curtin's visit; Frederick Eggleston; San Francisco Conference; Norman Makin; post war colonial policy; South Pacific Commission; Indonesian independence; Australian relations with the Dutch; John Burton; Colombo Plan; Percy Spender; Malaya-Singapore; Japanese Peace Treaty; Japanese Peace Conference; 1952 ANZUS Council meeting; Casey and S-E Asia; Gerald Templer; political movement in Malaya and Singapore; political parties in Singapore; reporting on the British domestic situation; Four Power Summit meeting, 1955; Suez crisis; Djakarta; Soekarno's administration; Subandrio; Mohammed Hata; Masution; Kairal Salay; Shakria; housing; visitors to Indonesia; economic aid; travel in Indonesia; the Japanese; Australian relations with the Japanese; Japanese politicians; visitors to Japan; Plimsoll; Hasluck; McMahon; Gorton; Holt; efficiency of the Dept of External Affairs; Vietnam ; Indonesia; China; Papua New Guinea; ASEAN; extension of diplomatic representation; communication problems with Canberra; part played by Embassies in government policy; role of the United Nations in World Affairs; Secretary-Generals; political appointments to diplomatic posts.


Sir Laurence McIntyre served for 40 years in the Commonwealth Public Service, 35 of which was served in the diplomatic service. He was Deputy Secretary to the Dept. of External Affairs from 1965-1970 and was Ambassador to Indonesia and Japan. He retired from foreign service after 5 years as Australian Ambassador to the United Nations.


Recorded at the National Library of Australia, Canberra, A.C.T.

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Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary and transcript (141 p.) available. 
Subjects McIntyre, Laurence, Sir, 1912-1981 -- Interviews.  |  Diplomats -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Diplomats -- Australia -- Biography.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, -1986, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 121/67 (transcript)
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ORAL TRC 121/67 (summary)
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