580 Gilchrist to Department of External Affairs
Memorandum No.1007 LONDON, 24 November 1947
ANTARCTICA: HEARD ISLAND
Attached hereto are three copies of United Kingdom Government's written reply to our enquiry regarding their views regarding the title to and occupation of Heard Island. (Your memorandum Nos. 727 and 791) You should have already received our telegram No. 4204 of 22nd November summarising the attached reply. 
2. Within the Commonwealth Relations Office a certain amount of anxiety has been expressed regarding the tone of the Prime Minister's proposed announcement regarding the occupation of these islands by Australia. It seems that they are just a little worried lest a declamatory announcement of outright annexation within the next month or so may provoke other Powers either to make claims elsewhere in the Antarctic, or may offer a precedent for a general rush to grab land.