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Australia Connect: Exhibition explores forgotten Australian-Indonesian history

Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Mon, December 2, 2019  /  12:31 pm
Australia Connect: Exhibition explores forgotten Australian-Indonesian history

Sharing the past: Attendees at the opening night of “Two Nations: A Friendship is Born” look at a panel depicting Australia's support for Indonesia's sovereignty during the 1945 to 1949 period. The exhibition at the National Museum will run until Dec. 14. (JP/Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak)

Back in July 1947 the students of Sydney University organized a demonstration at the Dutch Consulate in the wake of the Dutch armed forces’ “aggression” against Indonesian independence forces. The protesting students were arrested and made headlines in The Sydney Morning Herald, one of the leading newspapers in Australia. The paper published reports in favor of self-government in Indonesia. This was one of the forgotten stories uncovered by the Australian National Maritime Museum that showed the strong connection between Australia and Indonesia during the latter’s struggle for international recognition of its sovereignty from 1945-1949. Titled “Two Nations: A Friendship is Born”, the ongoing exhibition at the National Musem in Central Jakarta showed a collection of news clippings, photographs, sketches and copies of official letters of support...