|Object type||Black & white - Print silver gelatin|
Netherlands Indies Government Information Service
|Place made||Netherlands East Indies: Java, Batavia|
|Date made||September 1947|
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Three of the first four Australian peacekeepers stand in front of an aircraft with Charles Eaton, ...
Three of the first four Australian peacekeepers stand in front of an aircraft with Charles Eaton, the then Acting Australian Consul-General in Batavia (now Jakarta), Netherlands East Indies (now Indonesia). The Australians were the first to arrive of a group of military observers requested by the Consular Commission, a body set up by the United Nations to report on observance of a ceasefire between Dutch and Indonesian Republican forces. Eaton was the Australian representative on the Consular Commission. Pictured left to right: Commander H S Chesterman, RAN; Eaton; Brigadier L G H Dyke, Australian Army, the officer in charge of the Australian group; Major D L Campbell, Australian Army. Not pictured is the fourth observer, Squadron Leader L T Spence, RAAF, who was later killed in Korea; he may have taken the photograph. Chesterman and Campbell were later attached to the United Nations Good Offices Committee (UNGOC), which worked to help the parties negotiate a settlement.