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Sir Walter Crocker (1902-2002)
Papers 1922-2002

MSS 327 C938p


Series 10
Ambassador of Australia (and related material) 1952-70

10.1 Despatches
1. "Notes on despatches as a documentary source of information", by W.R. Crocker, 15 May, 1962.
2. Despatches summing up India at the end of 1954. 2 folders.
3. Indonesia 1955: reports, despatches and communications covering Bandung Afro-Asian Conference; Dutch New Guinea affairs; first general elections in Indonesia; the Harahap Government and the efforts at moderate and anti-Sukarno policies.
4. Despatches summing up Indonesia at the end of 1956.  2 folders.
5. Selection of despatches and basic reports, 1957-1967.

10.2 Reports and correspondence
1. 1952-63: India (June 1952-November 1953)
2. 1954: India
3. 1956: Indonesia
4. 1957-1958: Canada (2 parts)
5. 1959-1960: India (3 parts)
6. 1961: India (2 parts)
7. 1962: The Hague (2 parts)
8. 1963: The Hague
9. 1964: The Hague (2 parts)
10. 1965: The Hague  (3 parts)
11. 1966: Nairobi (2 parts)
12. 1967: Nairobi/Italy (2 parts)
13. 1968: Italy (2 parts)
14. 1969: Italy (2 parts)
15. 1970: Italy

10.3 Correspondence with colleagues
1. Lord Casey, 1952-1962 (9 parts)
2. Sir A.S. Watt, 1959-1963 (3 parts)
3. Sir James Plimsoll, 1952 (two letters to Crocker) and reports on India 1963.
4. Sir Keith Waller, 1952-1958
5. Sir Arthur Tange 1952-1958
(See also Series 10 2.10)
6. Sir Allen Brown, 1955-1956 (re Indonesia)
7. Mr. David Hay, 1957-1958 (mainly re Delhi)
8. Other Australian colleagues, 1952-1958 (4 folders)

10.4  Menzies and Casey, together with some diplomatic portraits and essays
1. Draft of an essay on Menzies and Casey, together with some comments on a plan to write the political biography of R.G. Menzies.
2. Menzies (cuttings, notes, letters, etc.)
3. Menzies and Casey and other diplomatic portraits. (Includes draft essays on Menzies and Casey, Sukarno, Pierre Ryckmans and Chester Ronning, together with two essays: "The changing profession of diplomacy" and "Government in a technological age".
4. Menzies and Casey and other diplomatic portraits (notes, newspaper cutting, etc.) 2 parts.
5. Casey, R.G. The New English Bible; commentary. April 1971. (photocopy of typescript).
6. Correspondence relating to profile of Casey for Overland, Jan., July-Sept. 1989, with photograph.

10.5 Letters of credence, diplomatic lists, photographs, etc.
1. Accreditation to Djakarta, 1955. 2 parts.
2. Letters of credence to New Delhi, 1958.
3. India, 1952 - appointment as High Commissioner to India: some comments (Felicitations on India).
4. Congratulatory letters (C.B.E.), 1958.
5. Photographs illustrating the diplomatic world, 1950-1970.
6. Diplomatic lists (Canada, India, etc. 1. 1952-1962; 2. 1953-1963.)

[10.6 Australian Ambassador reviews, correspondence with publisher, etc. Moved to Series 15]

10.7 Australian Diplomatic service. Some illustrations of the functioning and malfunctioning

10.8 Australia. Department of Foreign Affairs, 1952-70. Some illustrative papers on the administrative side

10.9 Personal business relations with the Department of Foreign Affairs, 1952-1970
1. Copy of birth certificate.
2. Resignation from A.N.U. and appointments to India, Indonesia, Canada, Italy, Holland, East Africa and Italy.
3. Superannuation.
4. Retirement.
5. Fire damage, 1967.
6. Officer (senior) salary scale.
7. Electoral roll.
8. Some basic correspondence with the First Assistant Secretary.
9. Professional Officers Association.
10. Personal - to the Secretary of the Minister.

10.10 High Commissioner to India, 1952-1955
1. Letters: India. 1951-1963.
2. Casey's visit to India, 1953.
3. R.G. Casey's diary: SEATO conference, Bangkok, 7th February-7th March, 1955.
4. Nehru: Notes and newspaper articles re Nehru, 1958-1962. [Note two files regarding Crocker's book on Nehru have been transferred to series 15]
5. Cuttings on foreign policy of India, 1952-1955.
6. India (in general, 1952-1955): press cuttings.
7. "United Nations in India". Delhi, U.N. in India. 1952.
8. India, 1952-1954 (press cuttings)
9. Kashmir problem, 1952-1955. 2 parts (press cuttings)
N.B. one of the two bundles labelled Kashmir Problem 1952-1954 when opened in 2002 was found to contain only circular minutes of ANU Council and Committees for 1951-1952: these were transferred to ANU Archives]
10. India, 1953-1954. (press cuttings)
11. India - the social background 1952-1954 (papers and cuttings)
12. India, 1953: "Envoys in India" (Series of articles in Time of India by G.P. Jain, including one on W.R. Crocker)
13. "Delhi personalities" (Serial articles in "Illustrated Weekly of India", 1952)
14.  Issues of Indian newspapers with articles on the centenary of the Indian railways, April 16, 1953, and illustrating the press of the time.
15.  Papers on the Geneva Conference on Indochina, 1954.
16.  Catalogue for the Exhibition of paintings by Madame Birgitte Valvanne, New Delhi, 1955.
See also Series 17.3

10.11 Ambassador to Indonesia, 1955-56 (and related material)
1. Indonesian letters, 1955-1964.
2. Casey's visit to Indonesia, 1955. 2 folders.
3. Visit to the Moluccas, 1956. (album of photographs)
4. Sukarno's first overseas travelling, 1956  (mainly cuttings)
5. Chaos in Indonesia, 1955-1956.
6. Travel in Indonesia in 1955. Souvenirs of visits and related literature (economic and political) and maps - some transferred to main collection.
7. West New Guinea: the end, 1962.

10.12 High Commissioner to Canada, 1956-58
1. Menzies' visit to Ottawa, 1957.
2. Meeting of Commonwealth Prime Ministers, 1957.
3. Queens' visit to Canada, 1958.
4. Mission to West Indies Federation, 1958.
5. South-East Asian Round Table, Bangkok, January 27-February 2, 1958.
6. Crocker, W.R.  "U.S. strength and influence" (Confidential memo to Canberra) 1958.
7. Crocker, W.R. "Advice to the young" (draft) 1958.
(See also 'Letter to my son Robert', 23 July 1965 Series 10, 14.7)

10.13 High Commissioner to India and Ambassador to Nepal, 1958-63
1. Letters: India 1958-1962, 1963-1966. 2 parts.
(See also Series 10, 10.1)
2. Heads of Mission Conference, Bangkok, 1959.
3. Mission to Iraq, 1960.
4. Queen's visit to India, 1964.
5. Delhi building programme, 1948-1962.
6. Laying of foundation stone of the Australian residence at New Delhi, 1959 (album of photographs)
7. Colombo plan: beginnings and early days of Colombo plan, 1959. 3 parts. (mainly documentation, notes, cuttings, some official material)
8. India: problems of development, 1962-1962 (cuttings, booklets, typed material)
9. Nepal, 1960-1961. (cuttings, some handwritten notes, typed report on the coup in Nepal, December 15, by A. de W. Matheson, December 22, 1960)
10. Sino-Indian relations, 1958-1961: Tibet (cuttings)
11. Sino-Indian relations, 1958-1962 (cuttings)
12. Indo-Pakistan relations, 1958-1962 (mainly cuttings and booklets)
13. Goa affair, 1961-1962.
14. Anticolonialism - India, 1958-1962 (mainly cuttings)
15. Communism in India, 1958-1962 (cuttings)
16. India (General) 1958-1962 (cuttings of interest) An additional file on 'The poor in India' 1962, received after Sir Walter's death, has been added to this collection.
17. India, 1962-1963, and later (letters and notes)
18. India (The future), 1958-1962.
19. India (Economic development), 1958-1962.
20. India, 1958-1962.

10.14 Ambassador to the Netherlands and to Belgium, 1962-1965
1. Letters - Holland, 1962-1964.
2. Farewell of colleagues at The Hague
3. Photographs (clippings, etc.) of Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard's Silver Wedding celebrations, May 1962.
4. Cuba affair, October 1962.
5. Vietnam crisis, 1965: miscellaneous papers (clippings, notes, etc.)
6. Documents on Vietnam, 1965.
7. Crocker, W.R.  "Letter to my son". The Hague, July 23, 1968.

10.15 Ambassador to Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya
1. Heads of Mission Conference on Africa, Rome, 1966. (Summary record of proceedings, together with a letter from H. Gilchrist, Australian High Commissioner, Dar Es Salaam)
2. Commonwealth Senior Officials Meeting, Nairobi, May 24-June 2, 1967.
3. Notes and newspaper cuttings concerning the Trade Commissioner Service in India and Nairobi.

10.16 Ambassador to Italy, 1967-70
1. Memos, reports and return Australian migration policy, 1962. (Includes a copy of the programme for the visit of the Minister to Italy, June 30-July 3, 1968; booklets, etc.) 2 parts.

 

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