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Minister of Defence to Administrator.

"Eastern" with troops for occupation Islands Pelew, Caroline, Marshall and Ladrone leaving Sydney 26th Novr., escorted by "Una" formerly "Komet". Expedition in charge Pethebridge, Secretary Defence, who has been appointed Australian Commissioner, Pacific Islands, with rank Colonel. Will call Rabaul 5th December, and if necessary will disembark Troops and embark such of your troops as you may require to deal with Boungainville trouble and then return Rabaul, embark Pethebridge's troops and proceed, when "Una" can continue escort.

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