132 Mr A. R. Nankervis, Secretary of Department of the Navy, to Mr F. Strahan, Secretary of Prime Minister's Department
Teleprinter message D314 [MELBOURNE], [21 September 1940, 1.20 p.m.] 
IMPORTANT MOST SECRET
The following message, timed 2200 G.M.T. 20th September has been received from H.M.A.S. ADELAIDE- begins-
All quiet yesterday and during night. Abortive Vichy rebellion by country gendarmes during day. Denis  interned 60 miles inland.
British Consul  and DUMONT D'URVILLE contacted each other by letter only. DUMONT D'URVILLE has lodged formal protest against presence [of]  and assistance rendered to De Gaullists by H.M.A.S. ADELAIDE. [Am attending] conference of Sautot  this Saturday afternoon with view to immediate positive action being initiated against DUMONT D'URVILLE. Situation still very confused, and possibly deteriorating. ends.