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NEWS RELEASE NO. M/1 5 January 1972


. The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Nigel Bpv/en, Q.C., M.P.,

today drew attention to the activities of the Editor of Historical

Documents of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Professor R.G. Neale.

Professor Neale and an Editorial Advisory Board, chaired by

Professor J.D.B. Miller of the Australian National University, are

currently selecting and editing material for publication in a series of

volumes of documents on the history of Australia's foreign relations since

Federation. .

The Minister said publication of these documents would be a

progressive and continuing activity. The detailed scrutiny of the many

papers that had accumulated since 1901 and the careful research involved

was a major task. .

The first series of volumes will cover the period 1937 - 19^9*

The first volume of the series is expected by about the end of 1972.

Other members of the Historical Documents Editorial Advisory

Board are: . .

Professor Sir Keith Hancock, K.B.E., F.B.A.,

Chairman, Australian Academy of the Humanities.

. Professor Gordon Greenwood,

. Professor of History, University of Queensland.. ,

Professor Norman Harper,

Professor of American History, University of Melbourne.



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Professor John La Nauze,

Professor of History, Institute of Advanced Studies,

Australian National University. .

Professor John Ward,

Professor of History, University of Sydney.

Dr Robert O'Neill, .

Senior Fellow, Department of International Relations,

Australian National University, official War Historian

for the Korean War.