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230 Mr J. A. Lyons, Prime Minister, to Lord Stanley, U.K. Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs

Cablegram 69 18 July 1938,


Reference Timor Oil Concessions, Commonwealth Government would
appreciate if Ambassador at Lisbon [1] be requested to inform
Portuguese Government:

(a) Agreement has been reached between two purely Australian
Companies, namely, Oil Search and Oil Concessions to form a new
operating Company for search and exploitation oil in Timor.

(b) New Company will be of 500,000 with work capital of at least
100,000 of which Oil Search undertake to subscribe 55,000.

(c) Oil Search will retain control in way of finance, management
and technical operations of new Company. Oil Search is well known
Australian Company and has been actively engaged in search for oil
in Australia and Territory of New Guinea for some years.

(d) Oil Search desire to make application for area covered by
Staughton Concessions in first place, and new operating Company
will be formed directly concessions obtained from Portuguese

(e) Commonwealth Government after careful investigation are
satisfied Oil Search and Oil Concessions are reputable and bona
fide Companies and can command the capital and technical
experience to exploit the concession to best advantage and mutual
interests Portugal and Australia. Government desires to support
the application for concessions and hopes Portuguese Government
will favourably consider same.

(f) Formal application following these representations will be
made to Lisbon by Oil Search which proposed also to send a
representative to Lisbon immediately.


1 Sir Walford Selby.

[AA : A981, TIMOR (PORTUGUESE) 22, iii]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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