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275 Department of External Affairs to Mr V. G. Bowden, Official Representative in Singapore

Cablegram 19 CANBERRA, 15 January 1942

Further your telegram 91. [1] Cabinet has approved admission for
duration of war of token number of Chinese and Eurasian women and
children and men of non-military age the numbers in the first
place to include Chinese fifty souls Eurasians fifty souls.

Admission will be subject to their having sufficient funds on
arrival to tide them over a period of two years and they will be
admitted under certificates of exemption from provisions of
Immigration Act for period twelve months in the first place.

Please inform Immigration Officer Singapore and request him quote
against visas authority Interior No. 42/2/235 and furnish lists by
airmail to Department Interior of persons granted visas under this
authority. Regarding men, Immigration Officer should for present
exercise discretionary authority only in favour men over sixty
years, and refer other cases to. Department Interior giving ages
and any special circumstances. Applications by persons between 18
and 45 inclusive should be refused without reference.

Separate advice has been telegraphed respecting alien European
women and children. [2]

1 Dispatched 31 December (AA:A3830, 1942, 4)
2 See cablegram 14 of 15 January (AA:A3196, 1942, 0.1361).

[AA:A3831, 1942, 190]
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