By Lawrence Durrell
The British overseas place of work is a undying establishment. Antrobus is the embodiment of every thing that makes it what it's. His stories of diplomatic misadventure, observed by way of memorable and witty drawings, make a suite to cherish, for so long as the international workplace holds sway over far-flung British pursuits. 'Whatever wars there is and no matter what crises, there'll nonetheless, please heaven, be the diplomatic corps, with its protocol and formalities and a box of humour which i haven't noticeable larger used than in those stories.' John Betjeman
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91 In February 1940 The Age had published Burchett’s concerns, which caught the eye of Cheshire. 92 Beginnings Heenan life of wilfred berchett 33 33 33 7/6/06 3:07:04 PM The fall of France in June 1940 and the power vacuum it created on Australia’s Pacific rim presumably sparked Cheshire’s interest in the book. With the fall, France’s colonies were confronted with the quandary of siding with either Pétain’s Vichy administration or De Gaulle’s Free French resistance. In the Pacific, the New Hebrides’ administration under the Resident Commissioner, Henri Sautot, joined the resistance, as did its distant neighbour, Tahiti, but the Governor of New Caledonia, Georges Pelicier, dithered.
Pp. 135, 138. For an account of the 1878 rebellion see Connell, op. , pp. 59–72. Burchett, op. , p. 135. , p. 82. Burchett, ‘The Next French Revolution—France’s Story Since 1789’, The Age Literary Supplement, 12 July 1941. Melbourne Argus, 13 December 1941. From Traveller to Traitor Heenan life of wilfred berchett 42 42 7/6/06 3:07:05 PM Chapter 2 The Road The High Road to China In October 1941, Burchett boarded a train at Rangoon station. With advances from a publisher and several newspapers, he was off to travel the Burma Road.
As Burchett related in his memoirs, he approached various South American embassies for consular letters, advising Nazi authorities that the application for immigration by the person concerned had been accepted. Based on these assurances, the Nazis were prepared to grant passports to Jews once they had fulfilled their financial obligations to the Reich. 53 In December 1938 Burchett and Erna returned to Germany armed with the consular letters. He stayed until March 1939. By this time, he was being tailed and his hotel room had been searched.
Antrobus Complete by Lawrence Durrell