117 Mr J. A. Lyons, Prime Minister, to Mr M. MacDonald, U.K. Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs
Draft Cablegram   n.d. [30 December 1937]
His Majesty's Government in the Commonwealth of Australia is of
the opinion that His Excellency the Govem6r-General  on his
approaching visit to England leaving Australia in March might with
great advantage pay an official visit to the Governor-General of
the Netherlands Indies. Such a visit would in our opinion be a
gesture of goodwill and do much' to, cement the Present cordial
relations between the British Commonwealth and the Netherlands.
 His Excellency heartily agrees with the proposal and is
anxious to further the objective mentioned.
An informal approach to this end has been made to the Governor-
General of the Netherlands Indies through the Consul-General in
Australia , and an intimation has been received in the form of
an invitation that the proposed visit would be cordially welcomed.
In these circumstances, His Excellency the Governor-General would
be pleased if you would arrange for his acceptance of this kind
invitation to be conveyed to the Netherlands Government through
the appropriate channel.
[AA: A981, NEI 52]