68 Lt Col W. R. Hodgson, Secretary of Department of External Affairs, to Mr M. L. Shepherd, Secretary of Department of Defence
Memorandum 29 September 1937,
I am attaching, for favour of your consideration, a copy of a despatch from the British Consul-General at Batavia  relative to the possibility of linking Portuguese Timor with the British system of aerial communication.
I might add that the Commonwealth Government has been seized for some time with the desirability of precluding certain foreign interests from obtaining a predominant control over Portuguese Timor. To this end, it has in recent months actively interested itself both with the Government at Lisbon and at Dilli in endeavouring to protect and further the exploitation of an Australian oil concession held in Portuguese Timor.