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Near Neighbours: Records on Australia's Relations with Indonesia


7. Miscellaneous Records

The record series listed in this chapter are few in number and have been grouped together for convenience. The agencies responsible for creating these records include the Australian Broadcasting Commission (and Radio Australia), the Australian Customs Service, the Department of the Interior and the Department of Works.

CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1946–
Canberra

This is the main policy and general correspondence series for the administration of the Australian Capital Territory. However, between 1946–51, administrative files for the Northern Territory were also included in this series, which explains why A431 contains records on Indonesia and Timor.

A431 is now recorded by the Department of Transport and Regional Services, Territories and Local Government (CA 8618).

Series: A431
Quantity: 321 metres
Recorded by: 1946–72: Department of the Interior II (CA 31)
Ministerial trip H V Johnson to Northern Territory, Ashmore and Cartier Islands and Timor, July 1947 A431, 1947/1820
Accommodation in Darwin for Indonesians being repatriated from New Guinea, 1947–48 A431, 1947/1170
Imperial War Graves Commission, Batavia, re-numbering of plots, 1948 A431, 1948/1808
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1929–
Canberra and Sydney
This is the main correspondence file series for the Attorney-General's Department. It was established 1929 and contains material top-numbered from earlier series, including items dating back to 1901. It is a large series that contains only a few items about Indonesia. Please note that some of the following items are not on RecordSearch.
Series: A432
Quantity: 2,076 metres in Canberra and 353 metres Sydney
Recorded by: c1929–: Attorney-General's Department, Central Office (CA 5)
Indonesia, reports of Australian Ambassador A432, 1951/2112
Indonesia, proposed treaty of friendship A432, 1955/3757
Indonesia, territorial limits A432, 1958/3005 parts 1–4
Indonesia, cultural agreement A432, 1958/3202
HMAS Perth, salvage of wreck in Indonesian waters, 1960–72 A432, 1960/3091
Use of money appropriated for Colombo Plan to purchase Australian assets frozen in Indonesia, H Cobb, 1960–72 A432, 1960/3209
Australian government property in Indonesia, effect of Indonesian legislation, 1960–72 A432, 1961/3299
Indonesian maritime claims inquiry from Queensland Department of Mines, 1964 A432, 1964/3159
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1901–76
Canberra
This is the main correspondence file series of the former Department of the Treasury.
Series: A571
Quantity: 644 metres
Recorded by: 1901–76: Department of the Treasury I, Central Office (CA 11)
Financial arrangements with Netherlands East Indies, 1942–45 A571, 1944/1061 part 1
Property agreement with Netherlands East Indies, 1945–50 A571, 1945/3594
Financial arrangements with Netherlands East Indies, 1946–48 A571, 1944/1061 part 2
Oil concession in Portuguese Timor, 1949–56 A571, 1955/202
Trade with Indonesia, 1954–57 A571, 1955/2598 part 1
Trade with Indonesia, 1956–59 A571, 1955/2598 part 2
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, EP ENEMY PROPERTY, 'J' SERIES, 1941–58
Canberra

The National Security Enemy Property regulations were gazetted and came into effect on 27 September 1939. The Controller of Enemy Property was established to administer these regulations.

This series documents the Controller's administration of the regulations pertaining to 'J', ie Japan. The files concern the handling of unclaimed bank accounts and properties of enemy subjects as defined by the Trading with the Enemy Act 1939 who once resided in areas occupied by Japanese forces during World War II.

Some files originally in this series have been top-numbered into the main correspondence series A571 of the Department of the Treasury.

Series: A1379
Quantity: 5.6 metres
Recorded by: CA 655 (1941–58: Controller of Enemy Property)
W P Phipps and Company, Batavia, 1942–47 A1379, EPJ837
Heath and Co Ltd, Batavia, 1942–51 A1379, EPJ408
NV Handel Maatschappij, 'Holland', Batavia, 1942–51 A1379, EPJ432
'Hotel des Indies', Batavia, 1947–51 A1379, EPJ1625
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, EPC ENEMY PROPERTY CLAIMS, 'NEI' NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES PREFIX, 1947–51
Canberra
Series: A1454
Quantity: 0.18 metres
Recorded by: 1947–51: Controller of Enemy Property (CA 655)
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, EPC 'TIM' ENEMY PROPERTY CLAIMS, TIMOR PREFIX, 1947
Canberra
Series: A1483
Quantity: 0.09 metres
Recorded by: 1947: Controller of Enemy Property (CA 655)
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, 'W' WAR SERIES, 1939–50
Canberra
Records in this series deal with wartime restrictions, including those imposed under the Trading with the Enemy Act 1939. The series is related to A1379.
Series: A1539
Quantity: 40 metres
Recorded by: 1939–50: Department of Trade and Customs, Central Office (CA 10)
FILMS ILLUSTRATING THE WORK OF THE IMPERIAL AND THE COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSION, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1948–
Canberra
The films in this series depict Commonwealth war cemeteries, including those in Indonesia. The series is now recorded by the Department of Veterans' Affairs, Central Office, Office of the Australian War Graves (CA 2107).
Series: A5424
Quantity: 3 metres
Recorded by: 1948–71: Department of the Interior, Central Office, ANZAC Agency, Imperial War Graves Commission (CA 31)
TECHNICAL COOPERATION SCHEME COLOMBO PLAN POLICY AND PROCEDURAL FILES, 1948–55
Adelaide
The files in this series contain material on policy and procedures for training Colombo Plan students, including Indonesians, in Australia.
Series: AP48/3
Quantity: 0.36 metres
Recorded by: CA 594 (1948–55: Commonwealth Office of Education, Branch Office, Adelaide)
PHOTOGRAPHS OF FELLOWS AND STUDENTS UNDER THE COLOMBO PLAN AND OTHER SCHEMES, 1949–63
Adelaide
This series consists of photographs of students trained in South Australia under the Colombo Plan and other schemes. The students are identified by dates, places and occasions in notes on the reverse of each photograph. Some photographs are of dignitaries, such as the Governor-General and the Minister for External Affairs, attending Colombo Plan functions in South Australia.
Series: AP304/1
Quantity: 0.18 metres
Recorded by: CA 594 (1949–63: Commonwealth Office of Education, Branch Office, Adelaide)
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 'SC' SECURITY CLASSIFIED PREFIX, 1953–
Canberra
This series is now recorded by the Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Central Office (CA 8612). Only one of its items is relevant to this guide.
Series: B142
Quantity: 4 metres
Recorded by: CA 40 (1953–72: Department of Labour and National Service, Central Secretariat by 1947, known as Central Office)
Trade unionism in Indonesia, Cabinet agenda and decision, January 1955 B142, SC1955/11
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1913–78
Melbourne
Australian National Railways Commission
Series: B300
Quantity: 50 metres
Recorded by: 1913–17: Engineer-in-Chief and from April 1915, Acting Commissioner, Commonwealth Railways (CA 2106); 1917–75: Commonwealth Railways Commissioner (CA 265)
Aid to India, Indonesia, Malaya and Philippines, under Colombo Plan, railway rolling stock requirements, etc, 1954–57 B300, 9268 part 1
Aid to India, Indonesia, Malaya and Philippines, under Colombo Plan, railway rolling stock requirements, etc, 1957–58 B300, 9268 part 2
Aid to India, Indonesia, Malaya and Philippines, under Colombo Plan, railway rolling stock requirements, etc, 1958–60 B300, 9268 part 3
Aid to India, Indonesia, Malaya and Philippines, under Colombo Plan, railway rolling stock requirements, etc, 1959–62 B300, 9268 part 4
Visit of Dr Suhona, Deputy Chairman of Indonesian national planning body, 1969 B300, 10118
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES, 1934–48
Melbourne
Series: B607
Quantity: 4 metres
Recorded by: 1934–36: Civil Aviation Branch (CA 2432); 1936–39: Civil Aviation Board (CA 93); 1939–48: Department of Civil Aviation, Central Office (CA 29)
Trafficking in opium, Indonesia to Singapore, 1948 B607, 1/701/486
Trafficking in opium, Indonesia to Singapore, 1948 B607, 1/701/486 part 1
Wade Palmer, purchase of aircraft spares on behalf of Indonesian Government, 1948–50 B607, 1/701/487
CASE AND RELATED CORRESPONDENCE FILES, SPONSORED OVERSEAS STUDENTS, SPECIAL OVERSEAS VISITORS AND AUSTRALIAN AID EXPERTS, ALPHANUMERIC SERIES, 1953–74
Melbourne
Records in this series cover all aspects of administration concerning sponsored overseas students and special overseas visitors, including Indonesians.
Series: B2495
Quantity: 8.4 metres
Recorded by: 1953–67: Commonwealth Office of Education, State Office, Melbourne (CA 592); 1967–72: Department of Education and Science, State Office, Victoria (CA 1784); 1972–74: Department of Education I, State Office, Victoria (CA 1785)
GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, C1942–50
Melbourne
This series contains the general correspondence files of the Central Administration of the Rationing Commission from 1942 to 1950. The records deal with issues such as the policy, staffing and organisation of the commission, and with rationing matters generally eg coupon distribution, complaints and breaches of the rationing regulations.
Series: B5661
Quantity: 39.2 metres
Recorded by: c1942–50: Rationing Commission (CA 264)
Ration books for Netherlands East Indies, 1942–50 B5661, 1943/995
Request for coupons for clothing intended as repayment of loan advance to Australian POWs in Netherlands East Indies, 1947 B5661, 1947/388
LISTENER MAIL ANALYSIS AND SURVEY, RADIO AUSTRALIA, CHRONOLOGICAL SERIES, 1958–92
Melbourne
Series: B6090
Quantity: Unknown
Recorded by: 1958–92: Shortwave Division, Department of Information from 1945, Radio Australia (CA 744)
COLOUR SLIDES OF COMMONWEALTH BUILDINGS CONSTRUCTED IN AUSTRALIA AND OVERSEAS, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1959–67
Melbourne
This series consists of colour slides of building construction in Australia and overseas, including construction projects in Indonesia.
Series: B6290
Quantity: 0.36 metres
Recorded by: 1959–67: Director of Works, Victoria Region from 1948, Victoria–Tasmania Region (CA 1027)
RADIO ARCHIVES LIBRARY TAPES, ANNUAL MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES, 1973–
Sydney
This series consists of master tapes kept by the Radio Archives of the Australian Broadcasting Commission. The tapes are of programs considered to merit permanent retention because of historical and/or artistic value. Only one item is relevant to this guide.
Series: C100
Quantity: 669 metres
Recorded by: 1973–83: Australian Broadcasting Commission ABC, Head Office (CA 251); 1983–: Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Australia (CA 6879)
Philip Koch on Indonesia ABC Radio, c1968 C100, 73/7/159
RADIO ARCHIVES MASTER AUDIO TAPES, SUBJECT CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM, 1970–71
Sydney

The tapes in this series are master and working copies of gramophone discs in the ABC's Sound Library. The discs are spoken word recordings and cover a wide variety of subjects. They were catalogued by a subject classification system, which was also used to control the tape copies.

This series contains one item of relevance to this guide.

Series: C102
Quantity: 47 metres
Recorded by: 1970–71: Australian Broadcasting Commission ABC, Head Office (CA 251)
Sjahrir, Mr, first Indonesian premier audio tape, 1945
The subject classification 'POO' in the item title is an acronym for 'Political, overseas personalities, speeches, parliament, etc.'
C102, POO62
GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES, 1949–73
Sydney
This series consists of files raised and maintained by the ABC's central registry. In 1949, the ABC introduced a multiple number system for its registry files. In 1973 a new system was introduced, again with three numerical elements but with different subject classifications. While no new files were raised under the old system after 1973, many files continued to be active until around 1982.
Series: C2327
Quantity: 14 metres
Recorded by: 1949–73: Australian Broadcasting Commission ABC, Head Office, Central Registry (CA 251)
Overseas broadcasting organisations, miscellaneous, Djawatan Republik Indonesia, Serikat, Djakarta and Java, 1959–80 C2327, 25/6/26 part 2
Overseas shortwave service, Radio Australia, Indonesian complaints about Radio Australia programs, 1963–65 3091466
Overseas shortwave service, Radio Australia, security – Indonesian section, 1965–67 C2327, 29/1/36
Overseas shortwave service, Radio Australia, extension of Indonesian language transmissions, 1966–72 C2327, 29/1/37
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 'I' IMMIGRATION PREFIX, 1947–75
Perth
Many items in this series deal with Indonesians employed in the pearling industry.
Series: E601
Quantity: 3 metres
Recorded by: 1947–75: Sub-collector of Customs from 1985, the Australian Customs Service, Broome, Western Australia (CA 810)
Indonesians ex-Nicol Bay at Broome, 29 March 1950, passports and certificates in lieu of passports, 1950–51 E601, I50/13
Indonesians in pearling industry, alleged working conditions etc, visit of Mr Oh Sien Hong, 1952 E601, I52/7
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1915–78
Darwin
F1 was the main policy and general series for the Northern Territory Administration. It continued to be recorded until 1978. Many items in this series contain references to Timor and Indonesia because of their proximity to the Northern Territory.
Series: F1
Quantity: 34 metres
Recorded by: 1915–27: Office of the Administrator, Northern Territory I (CA 1072); 1927–31: Office of the Government Resident, North Australia (CA 1071); 1931–73: Administrator, Northern Territory II, Central Registry (CA 1070)
Arrival of Indonesian ships from Seroe Island, 1946–52 F1, 1949/765
Visit of Mr Hamzah, conditions of employment, Indonesian pearl fishermen in Australia, 1953–54 F1, 1954/851
Wreck of Indonesian ship and repatriation of members, Milingimbi, February 1962 F1, 1962/511
Repatriation of Indonesian castaways, New Year Island, 7 April 1964 F1, 64/119
Gift by Indonesian Ambassador of Pinus merkussi seeds for Snake Bay Settlement, 1966–69 F1, 1967/30
Grounding of Indonesian vessel Sara Utama, Fannie Bay, 12 March 1967, repatriation of crew, 1967 F1, 67/1955
CORRESPONDENCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE PAPERS, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1945–50
Sydney
This series contains papers created and maintained by Mr Tom Hoey while he was Director of Radio Australia. The correspondence concerns the operations of Radio Australia. Included in the series are three booklets of photographs produced by the Netherlands Indies Government Information Service. The photographs are of North Celebes, Netherlands East Indies, Minahassa, Hollandia and Netherlands New Guinea.
Series: M3649
Quantity: 0.54 metres
Recorded by: 1945–50: Thomas Philogonius Hoey (CP 625)
PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM, 1959
Canberra

This series consists of one photograph album presented to Mr Cecil Lambert, the Secretary of the Department of Territories from 1951 to 1964. The album is inscribed, 'To my welcome guest Mr C R Lambert, CBE as a remembrance of his visit to the Netherlands–New Guinea, Hollandia 30th May 1959'.

The album includes entries for Biak, Seroei Serui, Merauke, Hollandia Jayapura, Baliem, Nimboran, Sorong, Teminaboean Teminabuan, Fakfak and Manokwari.

Series: M4088
Quantity: 0.09 metres
Recorded by: 1959: Department of Territories I, Central Office (CA 60); 1959: Cecil Ralph Lambert CBE  (CP 687)
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES, 1941–52
Melbourne
Most files in this series deal with the development of secondary industry in Australia by the Division of Industrial Development. A few items concern Dutch businesses in Indonesia wishing to move to Australia in the late 1940s and the 1950s.
Series: MP61/1
Quantity: 30 metres
Recorded by: 1941–45: Department of War Organisation of Industry, Central Office (CA 45); 1945: Directorate of War Organisation of Industry (CA 1795); 1945–48: Department of Post-War Reconstruction, Melbourne (CA 1715); 1948–52: Division of Industrial Development, Head Office (CA 776)
WEEKLY REVIEW OF MONITORING REPORTS, 1940–51
Melbourne
Series: MP261/4
Quantity: 0.9 metres
Recorded by: 1940–51: Shortwave Division, Department of Information from 1945, Radio Australia, Listening Post, (CA 744)
SECRET FILES, 1939–47
Melbourne
Series: MP272/3
Quantity: 0.9 metres
Recorded by: 1939–47: Shortwave Division, Department of Information from 1945, Radio Australia, (CA 744)
LETTERS FROM LISTENERS, OVERSEAS SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION, 1946–49
Melbourne
Series: MT309/1
Quantity: 0.72 metres
Recorded by: 1946–49: Shortwave Division, Department of Information from 1945, Radio Australia (CA 744)
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, CONTRACTS FOR THE ERECTION OF THE CHANCERY BUILDING, AUSTRALIAN EMBASSY IN DJAKARTA, INDONESIA, 1962–67
Melbourne
Series: MT1202/1
Quantity: 0.36 metres
Recorded by: 1962–67: Department of Works III, Central Office (CA 61)
COPIES OF SPECIFICATIONS, PAID BILLS OF QUANTITIES AND INSTRUCTIONS TO CONTRACTORS, FORM W.296, AND FINANCE DOCUMENTS, ERECTION OF THE CHANCERY BUILDING AT THE AUSTRALIAN EMBASSY IN DJAKARTA, INDONESIA, 1961–67
Melbourne
Series: MT1202/2
Quantity: 0.18 metres
Recorded by: 1961–67: Department of Works III, Central Office (CA 61)
SPECIFICATION, BILLS OF QUANTITY RE DJAKARTA CHANCERY PROJECT, 1962–67
Melbourne
Series: MT1558/3
Quantity: 0.18 metres
Recorded by: 1962–67: Department of Works III, Central Office (CA 61)
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, CHRISTMAS ISLAND ADMINISTRATION, ANNUAL SINGLE NUMBER SERIES, 1958–
Perth
Files in this correspondence series deal with citizenship matters, passenger lists, appointments and visits. Christmas Island has a large Indonesian-born and visitor population, and a significant number of items are about them.
Series: N7
Quantity: 23 metres
Recorded by: 1958: Administrator, Christmas Island I (CA 1324); 1958–68 Official Representative, Christmas Island (CA 1325); 1968–: Administrator, Christmas Island II by 1975, Christmas Island Administration (CA 1326)
Indonesian-born residents, applications for passports/certificates in lieu of passport Christmas Island, 1964–70 N7, 1964/406 part 2
Indonesian-born residents, applications for passports/certificates in lieu of passport Christmas Island, 1970–75 N7, 1964/406 part 1
WAR CORRESPONDENTS' TALK SCRIPTS, GENERAL WARTIME SCRIPTS, WAR CORRESPONDENTS' TALK SCRIPTS AND RELATED CORRESPONDENCE, 1940–47
Sydney
This series consists of Australian Broadcasting Commission files raised during and immediately after World War II.
Series: SP300/3
Quantity: 3 metres
Recorded by: 1940–47: Australian Broadcasting Commission, Head Office (CA 251)
Radio talk presented by ABC war correspondent John Thompson, National Convention of Indonesian leaders in Batavia, 1945 SP300/3, 972
Radio talk presented by ABC war correspondent John Thompson, Nationalist Movement in Indonesia, 1945 SP300/3, 975
Radio talk presented by ABC war correspondent John Thompson, Britain's moral obligation to restore the Dutch in Indonesia, 1945 SP300/3, 979
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, RADIO PROGRAMS, 1960–73
Sydney
This series includes files on Radio Republik Indonesia.
Series: SP1299/1
Quantity: 13 metres
Recorded by: 1960–73: Australian Broadcasting Commission, Head Office (CA 251)
CORRESPONDENCE FILES, RADIO PROGRAMS, MULTIPLE NUMBER SERIES, 'R' PREFIX, 1960–76
Sydney
The correspondence and policy files in this series contain material on Radio Republik Indonesia.
Series: SP1577/1
Quantity: 9 metres
Recorded by: 1960–76: Australian Broadcasting Commission, Head Office (CA 251)

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