428 Mr W. A. Johnston, U.K. Consul in Noumea, to Mr R. G. Menzies, Prime Minister

Cablegram unnumbered NOUMEA, 24 June 1940, 2.40 p.m.

CONFIDENTIAL

I have every reason to believe local Government has definitely decided Britain accept protection [1], I am advised Ess[ington] Lewis ex Broken Hill [2] conversant and could explain situation as regards local exports and economic position the future of which causes anxiety. Would be glad to have your views. [3]

1 ? accept Britain's protection.

2 Director-General of Munitions and Chief General Manager of Broken Hill Proprietary Ltd.

3 This message was sent through the Naval Board in Melbourne.

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