Guide to the Papers of John Mason
National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record
- John Mason
- Papers of John Mason
- Date Range
- Collection Number
- MS 9007
- 0.34 metres (3 boxes)
- Language of Materials
- National Library of Australia
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Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of John Mason, National Library of Australia, MS 9007, [box number and series and/or file number]'.
Soldier, diplomat and businessman. Sir John Charles Moir Mason was born in Manchester, England in 1927. He joined the British Army in 1945, at the age of seventeen, when he began his letters home to his family. The letters cover his active service in India (1946-48) and in Korea (1950-51). In 1952 Mason joined the British Foreign Office and spent the next thirty-two years in the Diplomatic Service. Apart from four periods in the Foreign Office (not represented in the correspondence) Mason's overseas appointments included Second Secretary, British Embassy Rome, 1954-56; Second Secretary, British Embassy Warsaw, 1956-59; First Secretary, Commercial, Damascus, 1961-65; Director of Trade Development and Deputy Consul-General, New York, 1968-71; Ambassador to Israel, 1976-80; and British High Commissioner to Australia, 1980-84. Since 1985 Sir John and Lady Mason (m.1954) have lived in Australia.
Letters while serving in a British Infantry Battalion (1st Royal Ulster Rifles) in the United Kingdom and, from October 1950, in Korea (File 4) - Box 1
File includes three newspaper cuttings about the war in Korea (1952) by Mason and a 1951 pamphlet A reporter in Korea: no one but the Glosters by E.J. Kahn Jr Aug. 1950 - Aug. 1951