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124 Curtin to Fraser

Cablegram 47 CANBERRA, 23 February 1943

Your telegrams No. 48 [1] and 49 [2] received. The Commonwealth
Government would be glad to receive Mr. Berendsen as High
Commissioner for New Zealand in Australia [3] and arrangements
would be made for Government Departments to co-operate with him in
every possible way.

Having regard to our previous oral discussions we have not
recently considered the question of appointing a High Commissioner
in New Zealand. We will now do so. For the immediate present we
would be content with our present representative in New Zealand.

[4] This decision need not however delay your plans in regard to
Mr. Berendsen. We would give him a warm welcome and would bear in
mind the question of making a reciprocal appointment as early as

1 Document 122.

2 Dispatched 20 February. On file AA:A461, B348/1/17. It
summarised Berendsen's previous career.

3 Berendsen arrived in Australia on 17 March.

4 J. L. Menzies, Trade Commissioner in New Zealand. T. G. D'Alton
took up duty as High Commissioner in New Zealand on 10 December

[AA:A461, B348/1/17]
Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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