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Near Neighbours: Records on Australia's Relations with Indonesia


Appendix 1: Earlier miscellaneous record series

This appendix lists early record series that mostly predate Indonesian independence, although some do span the pre- and post-World War II period. The series are listed here as a ready reference for researchers examining aspects of the earlier history of the Netherlands East Indies and Portuguese Timor. Some series contain numerous records about these colonies while others may have only one or two relevant records.

CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1903–38
Canberra
This series contains early correspondence files from a number of government departments, including the Department of External Affairs. The series ran from 1903 to 1938, and dealt with external affairs, immigration, aliens, naturalisation, passports, and the Northern Territory, Papua and New Guinea.
Series: A1
Quantity: 455 metres
PERSONAL AND SUBJECT FILES, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES,'W' PREFIX, 1919–46
Canberra
The Investigation Branch created this series in the 1920s. Records in this series deal with communists and their supporters.
Series: A402
Quantity: 0.36 metres
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES, FIRST SYSTEM, 1915–23
Canberra
The Prime Minister's Department raised this series. It includes some items dealing with trade and defence issues concerning the Netherlands East Indies and Timor.
Series: A457
Quantity: 18 metres
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES, 1935–43
Canberra
Records in this series deal with trade, commerce and agriculture issues both before and during World War II.
Series: A601
Quantity: 18 metres
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES (CLASS 401), 1924–40
Canberra
The files in this Department of Defence series mostly predate World War II.
Series: A664
Quantity: 10 metres
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES, 1930–35
Canberra
This series contains pre-World War II correspondence files of the Development Branch of the Prime Minister's Department. It includes several files on economic development in the Netherlands East Indies.
Series: A786
Quantity: 29 metres
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ALPHABETICAL SERIES, 1921–42
Canberra
This series contains pre-1943 correspondence files for the Department of External Affairs. Many items deal with the situation in the Netherlands East Indies and Timor before and during the early part of World War II.
Series: A981
Quantity: 147 metre
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, HONOURS AND AWARDS, FOREIGN AWARDS (GIVEN TO) AUSTRALIANS, MILITARY AND CIVIL, 1941–50
Canberra
Records in this series contain correspondence about recipients of foreign awards and reasons for the bestowal of the honours. Several items in this series deal with the award of Netherlands East Indies decorations to Australians, particularly to Australian servicemen during World War II.
Series: A1217
Quantity: 0.36 metres
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES, PRIMARY NUMBERS 702–790 (CLASSIFIED), 1941–63
Canberra
This series contains the correspondence files of the Defence Division of the Department of the Treasury from 1941 to 1963. A few items refer to the Netherlands East Indies.
Series: A1308
Quantity: 30 metres
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, TWO-NUMBER SYSTEM WITH LETTER PREFIX, SECRET AND CONFIDENTIAL SERIES (THIRD SYSTEM), 1926–39
Canberra
This series contains correspondence files for the Prime Minister's Department from 1926 to 1939.
Series: A1606
Quantity: 6 metres
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES, VARIABLE ALPHABETICAL PREFIX AND GENERAL PREFIX 'SC' (FOURTH SYSTEM),1939–47
Canberra
This series contains correspondence files for the Prime Minister's Department from 1939 to 1945, following on from A1606. It includes several items about the war in Netherlands East Indies.
Series: A1608
Quantity: 41 metres
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES, 1942–46
Canberra
This series contains the correspondence files of the Royal Australian Air Force representative in Washington during the period 1942 to 1946. Some files contain passing references to the training of Netherlands East Indies aircrews.
Series: A1695
Quantity: 2.34 metres
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES (FIRST SERIES), 1925–49
Canberra
This series consists of Department of Health (Central Office) correspondence files from 1925 to 1949. Some items deal with health issues in the Netherlands East Indies.
Series: A1928
Quantity: 83 metres
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES (CLASS 400), 1918–60
Canberra
This series consists of Department of Health (Central Office) correspondence files from 1925 to 1949. Some items deal with health issues in the Netherlands East Indies.
Series: A2910
Quantity: 69 metres
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, SECRET AND CONFIDENTIAL SERIES (FIRST SYSTEM), 1917–18
Canberra
This series contains correspondence files created by the Prime Minister's Department during World War I.
Series: A2939
Quantity: 0.54 metres
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, 'TEM' (TRADING WITH THE ENEMY) SERIES, POLICY, 1914–19
Canberra
The items in this series deal with trading with the enemy matters, primarily during World War I.
Series: A3200
Quantity: 0.9 metres
COLLECTION OF SPECIAL OPERATIONS AUSTRALIA RECORDS, INCLUDING RECORDS OF THE FAR EASTERN LIAISON OFFICE, ALPHANUMERIC SERIES, 1945–57
Canberra
Items in this series cover the special operations history of the Services Reconnaissance Department (also known as the Inter-Allied Services Department and the Services Reconnaissance Department) during World War II. The records include accounts of operations conducted in the Netherlands East Indies and Portuguese Timor.
Series: A3269
Quantity: 12 metres
UNNUMBERED FILES OF THE POLITICAL WARFARE DIVISION, 1942–45
Canberra
This series was compiled from material found in the 'Cumpston Collection'. It includes material on British propaganda during World War II.
Series: A10321
Quantity: 0.72 metres
NOTES AND TAPES COLLECTED AND COMPILED BY MR IVAN SOUTHALL ABOUT OPERATIONS OF THE SERVICES RECONNAISSANCE DEPARTMENT, 1965–66
Sydney and Canberra
This series comprises nine reel-to-reel audiotapes, three files and one alphabetical index of personnel concerned with the operations of the Services Reconnaissance Department during World War II, including the Netherlands East Indies and Portuguese Timor. The series is closely related to A3269.
Series: A10851
Quantity: 0.9 metres in Sydney, and 0.46 metres in Canberra
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SYSTEM – ACTIVITY SUFFIXES, 1942–44
Canberra
This series contains records of Headquarters Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Command from 1942 to 1944. Some items concern RAAF operations in the Netherlands East Indies and the operations of the Dutch squadrons.
Series: A11093
Quantity: 13.68 metres
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SYSTEM, ACTIVITY SUFFIXES, 1943–45
Canberra
This series contains records raised during World War II by the Headquarters of RAAF No. 72 Composite Wing, Merauke (in what was then known as Dutch New Guinea).
Series: A11253
Quantity: 0.09 metres
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SYSTEM – ACTIVITY SUFFIXES, 1942–45
Canberra
The items in this series cover the operations of No. 18 Netherlands East Indies Squadron during World War II.
Series: A11310
Quantity: 0.18 metres
GOVERNOR–GENERAL'S CORRESPONDENCE, THE WAR OF 1914–18 (WAR FILES), 1914–19
Canberra
This series is closely related to A11804, although its files deal primarily with defence and security matters during World War I. It contains many items dealing with enemy activity, suspected persons and the availability of strategic materials in the Netherlands East Indies.
Series: A11803
Quantity: 15.56 metres
GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE OF GOVERNOR–GENERAL (EXCLUDING WAR FILES), 1912–27
Canberra
This series generally consists of files of correspondence between the Governor-General (or the Official Secretary) and, among others, State governors, Colonial administrators and other representatives of the Crown. This series contains many items dealing with the Netherlands East Indies and Portuguese Timor from 1912 to 1927.
Series: A11804
Quantity: 29 metres
NORTHERN COMMAND REGISTRY FILES, C1915–44
Australian War Memorial (Canberra)
This series contains the main registry files of the Army Command in Queensland. It contains several items on Indonesia and Indonesians during World War II.
Series: AWM60
GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, MULTIPLE NUMBER SYSTEM, 1939–45
Canberra
Files in this series were raised by the Department of Information during World War II and include details of the supply of films to the Netherlands East Indies and Portuguese Timor.
Series: SP109/1
Quantity: 3.42 metres
GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, DEWEY DECIMAL SYSTEM, 1945–46
Canberra
This series is related to SP109/1 but is concerned with broadcasting and radiotelephone matters.
Series: SP109/3
Quantity: 8.46 metres
CORRESPONDENCE
Canberra
This series contains general correspondence files created by the Department of Information during World War II. It includes several items about the Netherlands East Indies and Portuguese Timor, especially during the early part of the war. One of the items deals with Damien Parer's visit to Timor in 1942.
Series: SP112/1
Quantity: 13.68 metres
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1871–1962
Adelaide
The Australian Customs Service in South Australia maintained the files in this series. Some items in D596 concern the Netherlands East Indies before the end of World War II.
Series: D596
Quantity: 53.37 metres
INVESTIGATION CASE FILES, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 'SA' (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) PREFIX, 1917–69
Adelaide
This series contains case files on individuals raised by the Commonwealth Investigation Service because of national security concerns. Only two of the case files deal with persons from Batavia, and both predate World War II.
Series: D1915
Quantity: 29 metres
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 'Z' (NATIONAL SECURITY REGULATIONS) PREFIX, 1939–45
Adelaide
The Australian Customs Service in South Australia raised this series during World War II. Some of its items deal with Customs issues concerning the Netherlands East Indies.
Series: D1975
Quantity: 6.12 metres
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 'SB' (SHIPPING BRANCH) PREFIX, 1939–51
Sydney and Adelaide
The Australian Customs Service in South Australia raised the files in this series during World War II. Some items deal with immigration issues (at that stage handled by Customs) concerning the Netherlands East Indies.
Series: D1976
Quantity: 11.16 metres in Sydney, 6 metres in Adelaide
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, C/E SERIES, 1935–45
Brisbane
The Collector of Customs maintained this series until World War II when responsibility for it was passed to the Department of Immigration, Queensland Branch. Some items deal with Indonesian evacuees.
Series: BP234/1
Quantity: 2.16 metres
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER, 'C' PREFIX, 1880–1950
Brisbane
This series was raised by the General Post Office, Brisbane, and includes four early items covering the Parcel Post Agreement between Queensland and the Netherlands East Indies between 1893 and 1897.
Series: J2
Quantity: 0.72 metres
TERRAIN REPORTS, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1944–45
Brisbane
This series contains reports prepared by the Allied Geographical Section during World War II. It also contains reports on localities throughout the Netherlands East Indies and Portuguese Timor.
Series: J2377
Quantity: 1.08 metres
GENERAL AND CLASSIFIED CORRESPONDENCE, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1902–
Melbourne
The Collector of Customs in Melbourne was responsible for maintaining this record series. Items dealing with Indonesia were created either before or during World War II.
Series: B13
Quantity: 138 metres
SECRET AND CONFIDENTIAL CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES, 1906–36
Melbourne
This series contains pre-World War II Department of Defence files, several of which deal with the situation in Netherlands East Indies during the 1920s and 1930s.
Series: B197
Quantity: 4.51 metres
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES, '121' PRIMARY NUMBER, 1940–51
Melbourne
The Prisoners of War Information Bureau (also known as the Prisoners of War and Internees Information Bureau) maintained this record series. It contains 10 items on Indonesians detained during World War II.
Series: B3812
Quantity: 0.72 metres
TERRAIN STUDIES, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1942–45
Melbourne
The Allied Geographical Section compiled these terrain studies during World War II. Studies nos 50 and 70 cover the Netherlands East Indies and Portuguese Timor.
Series: B4145
Quantity: 2.52 metres
GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE FILES, 1939–54
Melbourne
Files in this series deal with aircraft production, including the supply of spare parts and repair of aircraft in the Netherlands East Indies during World War II.
Series: MP287/1
Quantity: 36 metres
NAVY SERIES, 1939–50
Melbourne
This series contains some items dealing with shipping in the Netherlands East Indies during World War II.
Series: MP138/1
Quantity: 103.5 metres
GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE FILES, 1939–54
Melbourne
Files in this series deal with aircraft production and the supply of aircraft and spare parts to the Netherlands East Indies during World War II.
Series: MP287/1
Quantity: 36 metres
DEFENCE, ARMY SERIES (401), 1936–45
Melbourne
This series contains several items dealing with the situation in the Netherlands East Indies and Portuguese Timor during World War II.
Series: MP729/6
Quantity: 26.3 metres
DEFENCE, ARMY SERIES (401), 1936–44
Melbourne
This series contains a number of files dealing with the Netherlands East Indies hospital ship Oranje during World War II.
Series: MP729/7
Quantity: 6.31 metres
CORRESPONDENCE FILES (GENERAL), 1911–21
Melbourne
This series includes files raised during World War I by the Department of Navy. Some records contain material on the Netherlands East Indies.
Series: MP1049/1
Quantity: 12.79 metres
REGISTERS, SERVICE AND CASUALTY FORMS (FORM A112), ENEMY PRISONERS-OF-WAR AND INTERNEES HELD IN AUSTRALIAN CAMPS,1939–C.1947
Melbourne
This series was raised by the Prisoners of War Information Bureau during World War II and includes a register of Indonesian internees (item 28).
Series: MP1103/1
Quantity: 10 metres
DOSSIERS, REPORTS ON INTERNEES AND PRISONERS-OF-WAR HELD IN AUSTRALIAN CAMPS, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, ALPHABETICAL PREFIX, 1939–45
Melbourne
This series is related to MP1103/1 and includes dossiers on Indonesian detainees.
Series: MP1103/2
Quantity: 18 metres
SECRET AND CONFIDENTIAL CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SYSTEM (UNACCESSIONED), 1923–50
Melbourne
This series consists of Navy Office files, some of which deal with naval matters in the Netherlands East Indies during World War II and earlier.
Series: MP1185/8
Quantity: 4.33 metres
HISTORICAL RECORDS FILES, C.1944–75
Melbourne
Records in this series were maintained by the Naval Historical Section. Some of these records deal with naval matters in the Netherlands East Indies and Portuguese Timor during World War II.
Series: MP1587/1
Quantity: 21.44 metres
INVESTIGATION FILES (PERSONS AND ORGANISATIONS), SINGLE NUMBER, ALPHABETICAL PREFIX, 1942–46
Sydney
These files were raised by the Security Service, New South Wales during World War II. They document investigations into a variety of matters, including the subversive activities of the Japanese and the detention of Netherlanders and Indonesians.
Series: C320
Quantity: 4.5 metres
CONSULAR INVESTIGATION FILES, ALPHANUMERIC SERIES, 1946
Sydney
Files in this series were raised by the Security Section of the Investigation Branch, New South Wales in 1946. Only one item is about the Netherlands East Indies during World War II.
Series: C443
Quantity: 1.83 metres
PERSONAL FILES, PRISONERS–OF–WAR, 1939–46
Sydney
Files in this series were raised by Headquarters Eastern Command (Army) and are related to MP1103/1. Some are personal files on Indonesian internees.
Series: SP196/2
Quantity: 2.16 metres

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