The following exchange of letters, drawn from the website of Australian historian, Humphrey McQueen, provides an interesting insight into the history of ASOPA.
Many years after the letter featured here was written, Jack Emanuel was murdered in East New Britain. There was specualtion at the time that this was connected to his prominent role in the Territory government's efforts to contain the Mataungan Association, a nascent nationalist movement that flourished on the Gazelle Peninsula in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It's possible he had been engaged in intelligence activities.
It's worth observing that, in the early sixties, rumours were rife at ASOPA that ASIO (Australian Security Intelligence Organisation) operatives were active on the campus.
CONFIDENTIAL REGISTERED LETTER
28 Balgowlah Road
19th September 1950
The Rt. Hon. R. G. Menzies
Prime Minister of Australia
The purpose of this letter is not a political matter, but to respectfully inform you that the opportunity has been given me to join the Communist Party, and it is intended that I do so. The sole reason for joining is to take the possible opportunity of informing the Government of the activities of this organisation. In view of the proposed legislation dealing with the dissolution of Communists I desire to respectfully inform you of my intentions.
Such a letter as this, however, does not convince that my intentions are bona fide.
My activities are open to investigation. My occupation is a Patrol Officer, Territory of Papua-New Guinea, and I am at present attending a two year course at the Australian School of Pacific Administration, Mosman, Sydney.
Communist Party ideas are not and never will be part of my beliefs, but I have often
spoken to members of the party lately without disagreeing with them, as I desired to deliberately form a friendship, for the reason mentioned earlier.
I respectfully request, Sir, that hits letter be treated confidentially, and that the authorities's address be forwarded so that I can inform them of anything I ascertain concerning this Communist Party, and its activities.
I have the honour to be, Sir,
yours respectfully and obediently,
28th September 1950
Dear Mr Emanuel,
The Prime Minister has directed me to acknowledge a confidential letter which he received from you recently.
Mr Menzies has asked that I pass on to you the name of Colonel C.C. F. Spry, the Director-General of Security, to whom any information relating to subversive activities should be conveyed.
Correspondence will reach Colonel Spry if addressed to Box 4880, G.P.O., Sydney.
(E. M. Wilkinson)
TYPED COVER NOTE: Mr Menzies - draft only. Says he is joining Commos to know what is going on and wants to know to whom to impart information .