Cold War Espionage and Unionist Dinners

After Soviet Diplomat Vladimir Petrov defected to Australia in 1954, a Royal Commission on Espionage was set up to investigate the validity of the information he had handed to the Australian government.

What has this got to do with food?

Well, one of the items that was tendered for evidence to the Royal Commission on Espionage was Exhibit 408: Menu for Waterside Workers’ Federation of Australia Federal Councillors’ Dinner, autographed by L. Sharkey (and many others). Other items that were put forward as evidence included newspaper cuttings, interviews with the Petrovs, photographs and maps.

This menu give rise to visions of an ASIO agent wending his way through the banquet hall, gathering these signatures somewhere between the Fried Fillets of Schnapper au Citron and the Apple Meringue au Chantilly! Did the senior unionists realise they had an intelligence agent in their midst?

Exhibit 408: Menu for Waterside Workers' Federation of Australia Federal Councillors' Dinner

Exhibit 408: Menu for Waterside Workers' Federation of Australia Federal Councillors' Dinner

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