Foreword by The Honourable Justice T. M. Thawley, Federal Court of Australia (Paperback, 200 pages)
In the decades following the Second World War Australia fostered close relations with many nations, most newly independent, throughout the world, especially in Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. Richard Gate, a member of Australia's fledgling diplomatic service from the late 1950s, had postings in Korea, Nauru, Israel, Kenya (with accreditation also to Ethiopia and Uganda), Burma, Jordan and Bangladesh, as well as Italy and New Zealand.
In the elegant essays which compose this volume, he recalls his sojourns in each of these countries, illuminating both the professional life of a diplomat and the benefits as well as the burdens of foreign service.
THE SOLIDARITY CHALLENGE - POLAND 1980-81: AN AUSTRALIAN DIARY -- John Burgess (Hardback with dust cover, 480 pages)
Late in September 1980, John Burgess arrived in Poland to head up the Australian Embassy in Warsaw. Little did he realise that he would witness major developments leading eventually to the end of communism in Poland and elsewhere in Eastern Europe, and dissolution of the Soviet Union. This book tells the story which Ambassador Burgess was able to witness personally at close quarters, from the emergence of the independent trade union, Solidarity, at the Lenin shipyards in Gdansk, until the imposition of martial law in December 1981 and beyond.
John Burgess as ambassador has the gift of assessing events calmly, both in the confidential cablegrams which he regularly sent home and in his second thoughts about what actually happened in Warsaw, Moscow, Washington, and Canberra during this crisis in East-West politics. ... He writes clearly and thoughtfully.
- Professor Geoffrey Blainey, AC
John Burgess was born in Dandenong, Victoria. In 1961 he graduated from the University of Melbourne with honours in History and English. Towards the end of a 30-year career in the Australian foreign service he served as Australian ambassador to a number of European countries including Poland. He and his wife live in Canberra.
Jim Plim Ambassador Extraordinary: A Biography of Sir James Plimsoll -- Jeremy Hearder
(Paperback | 406 pages)
"There never was a greater Australian diplomat than Sir James Plimsoll." -- Alexander Downer, AC
"You're mad to move Plimsoll. He's got contacts here and great influence." -- Henry Kissinger to Lance Barnard, Deputy Prime Minister.
"Mr Plimsoll represented this country with great dignity and immense commonsense and courage." -- Sir Robert Menzies
During more than three decades after the War, as Australia forged its place in the world, few were so influential as Sir James Plimsoll. Ambassadorial assignments took him to Korea during the War (1950-52); the United Nations in New York when the Cold War and decolonisation were hot topics; New Delhi in an attempt to establish a closer relationship with India; and subsequently to Washington during President Nixon's tensions with the Whitlam Government; Moscow in the era of detente; then Brussels, London and Tokyo. He was also head of the Department of External (later Foreign) Affairs (1965-70), during the Vietnam War. Feelings of frustration in his last three assignments were alleviated in retirement by success and satisfaction as Governor of Tasmania.
This biography by Jeremy Hearder, a former ambassador, records Plimsoll's handling of various complex situations around the world, and his relations with Australian prime ministers Menzies, Gorton, Whitlam and Fraser, and foreign ministers Evatt, Casey, Barwick and Hasluck.