Tim McDonald was Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission in the Australian Embassy in Washington, 1984-1987. During that time he had carriage of the bilateral relationship with the US. This included day-to-day-management of the crisis in the ANZUS alliance, resulting from the NZ Government policy regarding the visits of nuclear-armed naval vessels.
In 2004 Mr McDonald donated to the Library a collection of unclassified documents covering public aspects of the dispute.
The documents are sorted into two series:
- A series of more than 600 cables and faxes in chronological order, between the Australian embassy in the US and other overseas missions relating directly to the ANZUS crisis.
- A collection of more than 70 other documents, including articles, speeches and reports dealing with ANZUS and tri-lateral relations in the 1980s.
The extent of the Collection is 4 archive boxes, ranging between 1984 and 1987.
For more information please see these lists: Documents and Cables and faxes.
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