|Object type||Black & white - Print silver gelatin|
|Photographer||Netherlands Indies Government Information Service|
|Place made||Netherlands East Indies: Java, Batavia|
|Date made||September 1947|
A meeting of the United Nations Consular Commission with Dutch officials in Batavia (now Jakarta), Netherlands East Indies (now Indonesia). The Commission was set up to report on observance of a ceasefire between Dutch and Indonesian Republican forces, and consisted of the consular representatives in Batavia of Australia, Belgium, China, France, the UK and the USA. The six consuls are seated down the right hand side of the table; the man with the pipe is Charles Eaton, the then Acting Australian Consul-General in Batavia. The two men at the right rear of the photograph are two of the first four Australian peacekeepers, serving as military observers with the Commission: Commander H S Chesterman, RAN; and Brigadier L G H Dyke, Australian Army.