5 Department of External Affairs to Officer

Cablegram 15 CANBERRA, 30 January 1947

SECRET

Our 12. Representation at Batavia. Please approach Foreign Office seeking provisional recognition of Bertram Charles Ballard as Consul-General at Batavia with jurisdiction in Netherlands East Indies. London has been asked to submit Commission to Palace for signature and to forward for Counter-signature by Minister. [1]

1 The Legation at The Hague replied on 17 February that the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs had granted provisional recognition to Ballard as Consul-General at Batavia. His commission was signed by King George VI on 13 July.

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