85 Mr B. C. Ballard, Official Representative in New Caledonia, to Department of External Affairs
Cablegram 5 NOUMEA, 30 August 1940, 8 a.m.
MOST IMMEDIATE SECRET
Your telegram priority 28th August. 
Further to my telegrams 2 and 3 of 28th August.  Popular movement undoubtedly strong and opposed to Governor  whom they suspect of playing double game and of having brought sloop here to intimidate them. This latter precipitated crisis.
Merely economic collaboration with Australia would seem to satisfy the Governor but that is regarded as unworthy and insufficient by most of the population. The Governor says the people do not know what making war means. General aim of move seems to be to remain French but to have temporary autonomy to enable them to participate fully with the British Empire. After victory they would formally rejoin the French constitutional organisation.
Movement has sub-branches which results in some confusion of detail.
Presumably Governor awaiting reply to his radio before announcing decision concerning resignation.
Rumours are being spread, I believe officially, that Australia desires to annex New Caledonia to the Commonwealth of Australia.