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The Chungking Legation: Australia's diplomatic mission in wartime China


Bagnall, K, The Chungking Legation: Australia's diplomatic mission in wartime China, Museum of Chinese Australian History, Australia, pp. 84. ISBN 9780958778558 (2015) [Authored Other Book]


The Australian Legation in Chungking (Chongqing) China, was established on 28 October 1941. It was Australia’s third overseas diplomatic post, following Washington and Tokyo in 1940. When Japan entered the World War II in December 1941 Australia and China became allies in defending the Pacific, only months after they formerly established diplomatic relations. China sent Dr Hsu Mo (Xu Mo), former Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Nationalist government, to Canberra as the first Chinese ambassador to Australia. In return, Australia sent Sir Frederic Eggleton to Chungqing as Australia’s first Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to China. Filled with first-hand accounts, this book explores the fascinating story of the establishment of the Chungqing Legation and the lives and work of the people employed there. It is based on an exhibition of the same name curated by the Chinese Museum for the Australian Consulate-General in Chengdu.

Item Details

Item Type:Authored Other Book
Keywords:Australia-China relations, diplomatic history;, World War II, Chungking (Chongqing)
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Bagnall, K (Dr Kate Bagnall)
ID Code:141709
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:History and Classics
Deposited On:2020-11-12
Last Modified:2020-12-21

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