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Allies, Enemies and Trading Partners: Records on Australia and the Japanese

Allies, Enemies and Trading Partners: Records on Australia and the Japanese

Pam Oliver

Published by the National Archives of Australia

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This guide is number 20 in the series of Research Guides published by the National Archives.

Australia's relationship with Japan has always been multi-faceted. The Japanese were allies during World War I, enemies during World War II and trading partners in peacetime.

This guide comprehensively lists records held by the National Archives of Australia regarding Australia's relations with the people and government of Japan from the mid-nineteenth century. The records cover Japanese immigration to Australia, the White Australia Policy and Japan's reaction to it, trade, Japan's southward expansion in the 1920s and the 1930s, the experiences of World War II, the postwar occupation of Japan, the Peace Settlement and the redevelopment of the bilateral relationship.

Allies, Enemies and Trading Partners is an essential reference for anyone interested in the dynamic and complex Australia-Japan relationship.

Pam Oliver has an MA and PhD in History from the University of Melbourne and an MA (Monash) in Japanese Studies. She has published books and articles about Australia-Japan relations and Japanese immigration to Australia.

Guides include the material known to be relevant to their subject area but they are not necessarily a complete or definitive guide to all relevant material in the collection.

The National Archives reviews its collection to confirm the value of records for research, evidential and other purposes or to identify, in consultation with agencies, records for destruction. At the time of publication all the records described in this guide were present in the Archives' collection. However, it is possible that some of the records may be destroyed if they are reviewed and considered not to be of enduring value. If this occurs, the guide will be revised accordingly.

© Commonwealth of Australia 2004

The Baby Tank catalogue image that appears on p. 66 of this guide was used with the permission of Nosawa Co. Images from the Melbourne Herald on p. 83 and p. 122 reproduced courtesy of the Herald and Weekly Times Ltd.

Every reasonable endeavour has been made to locate and contact copyright holders. Where this has not proved possible, copyright holders are invited to contact the publisher.

ISBN 1 920807 03 9
ISSN 1442–8245

This work is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968 no part may be reproduced by any process without prior written permission from the National Archives of Australia. Requests and inquiries concerning reproduction and rights should be directed to the Publications Manager, National Archives of Australia, PO Box 7425, Canberra Business Centre ACT 2610, Australia.

Editor: Hélène Attrill
Research assistance: Denis Connor, Carolyn Connor and Russell Pym
Cover design: Zoë D'Arcy

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this guide may include images of Indigenous Australians who may be deceased.

Cover image: Celebration at the Japanese Consulate, Sydney, New Year's Day, 1939 (photograph taken by Ichiro Kagiyama). National Archives of Australia: C123, 9895