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99 Dr H. V. Evatt, Minister for External Affairs, to Mr M. de A. Ferreira de Carvalho, Governor of Portuguese Timor

Letter CANBERRA, 5 November 1941

I have the honour to inform you that His Majesty's Government in
the Commonwealth of Australia has decided that, with a view to
securing more effective co-operation between itself and your
Administration, it is desirable that a fully accredited British
Consul should be established in Portuguese Timor. His Majesty's
Government in the Commonwealth of Australia is now taking steps
through His Majesty's Ambassador at Lisbon [1] to obtain
provisional recognition of Mr. David Ross as Consul, prior to the
completion of formalities for full recognition and issue of an
Exequatur. In the meantime His Majesty's Government in the
Commonwealth of Australia has appointed Mr. Ross as its Official
Representative in Portuguese Timor. Mr. Ross holds a document
under my hand and seal defining his functions. [2]

I avail myself of this opportunity to express the hope that the
appointment of Mr. Ross will serve to extend the close relations
and friendship which have always existed between Timor and
Australia and to secure and promote a more effective co-operation
between the two countries.

In thanking you for your past courtesies to Mr. Ross, I express my
confidence that you will extend to him every facility and
privilege that will enable him to exercise his functions to the
benefit of our respective countries. [3]


1 Sir Ronald H. Campbell.

2 Dated 5 November. There is a copy on file AA : A981, Australia

3 The Governor informed Ross on 10 December that he had received
instructions from Lisbon to recognise him as 'Consul for Great
Britain and Representative for the Commonwealth'. See Ross's
letter of 11 December on file AA : A981, War 72. On 23 December
the Commonwealth Govt suggested to the U.K. Govt (cablegram 829 on
file AA : A1608, J14/1/9, i) that although Ross would be in title
U.K. Consul in Dili he should continue to receive his salary and
instructions from the Commonwealth Govt. This was accepted by the
U.K. Govt on 19 January 1942 (see cablegram 77 on file AA : A981,
Australia 248).

[AA : A981, AUSTRALIA 248]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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