Title: Guide to the Far Eastern Liaison Office (FELO)
Date range of collection: 1942 - 1945
Extent: 44 boxes and 6 albums
Repository: Australian War Memorial
Location: Published Collections, Research Centre, Australian War Memorial.
Abstract: The Far Eastern Liaison Office leaflet collection consists of forty nine separate series housed in thirty folders of originals and fourteen folders of duplicates. There are two folders of oversize items and five albums which contain duplicates and three leaflets which are unique to the albums.
Provenance: Records transferred to the Australian War Memorial from end of Second World War onwards.
Accruals: being added to on a case by case basis
Access: Open; Some items are restricted. Please contact the curator of Published Collections for access. The collection is accessible in the Research Centre Reading Room on the lower ground floor of the Memorial during the Reading Room opening hours. The opening hours are Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and on Saturdays from 1pm to 5pm. The Reading Room is closed on Sundays and ACT public holidays. Researches can contact the Research Centre to plan a visit. To access the collection the user will need to register as a client and agree to the Reading Room’s conditions of use. To contact the Information Services department or to make an appointment to visit the Reading Room call 02 62434315 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Restrictions on use and reproduction: Copyright applies to reproduction of these collections. Contact Senior Curator Published and Digitised Collections.
Preferred citation: [Item number], Far Eastern Liaison Office collection, Australian War Memorial.
Digital Images available: The J series of this collection has been digitised and links to the images are available within this finding aid.
Related materials for Far Eastern Liaison Office collection are held at the Australian War Memorial in the following collections:
AWM 54 423/4/125
AWM 54 795/2/5
AWM 54 795/2/6
AWM 54 795/3/4
AWM 54 795/3/13
AWM 69 23/57
Gilmore, Alison B, 1998, You can't fight tanks with bayonets : Psychological warfare against the Japanese army in the Southwest Pacific, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, Nebraska
Magnussen, J, 1986, World War 1 1/2 : which in part shows how to survive in the infantry in Darwin, and in FELO in more distant parts, just in case there is a re-run of WW2 at some future date, or, How I missed the more exciting parts of World War 2, Press de Chambre Noir, Croydon Park, South Australia
Powell, Alan, 1996, War by stealth : Australians and the Allied Intelligence Bureau, 1942-1945, Melbourne University Press, Carlton South, Victoria
Related collections held at other institutions:
National Archives, Website
The Far Eastern Liaison Office (FELO) was founded in mid 1942, and reorganised in September of that year. FELO was primarily concerned with the production of propaganda leaflets to be distributed to the Japanese and the local inhabitants in Papua, New Guinea, Netherlands East Indies, Malaya and Singapore. From November 1942 until its dissolution in September 1945, FELO estimated that it produced over 60 million leaflets in 14 different languages or dialects.
Scope and Content
Using the collection: The collection consists of 44 boxes which are arranged alphabetically by series number. With in each box, leaftets are arranged sequentially by leaflet number.