Australian support in upholding Indonesian independence
Explore with us the history of the Black Armada and Australia’s role in the Indonesian independence struggle.
To mark the 70th anniversary of Indonesia’s declaration of independence on August 17 1945, the Australian National Maritime Museum in conjunction with the Museum Benteng Vredeburg in Yogyakarta, Indonesia are holding simultaneous displays.
Learn more about the fascinating history of the Black Armada ('Armada Hitam' in Bahasa Indonesian) and Australia’s role during the Indonesian independence struggle.
A forgotten story
At the end of World War II in August 1945, Indonesians declared their independence from Dutch colonial rule. The declaration began a four-year-long political and military struggle.
From late 1945, Dutch ships in Australian ports preparing to return to Indonesia with military arms and personnel were paralysed by a series of black-bans by maritime trade unions. These ships were later called the Black Armada.
Support for Indonesian independence then grew beyond the labour movement and Australia led the way in international political recognition of Indonesia.
This central moment in the Indonesian struggle for independence is an amazing story that has largely been forgotten in both nations.
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This exhibition is supported by the Commonwealth through the Australia-Indonesia Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with assistance from the Embassy of The Republic of Indonesia, Canberra.
Learn more about the fascinating history of the Black Armada (Armada Hitam) and Australia’s role during the Indonesian Independence struggle. This exhibition will be displayed simultaneously in Indonesia and Australia.
If you are interested in hosting this fascinating display consisting of one short film and graphic panels at your library, museum or other venue, it may be available for tour from April 2016.
Available for bookings, please email email@example.com
Museum Benteng Vredeburg
31 August 2015 - November 2015
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Extended to 6:00 pm in January
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Australia National Maritime Museum
Every day 9.30 am - 5 pm
Extend to 6.00 pm in January
Closed Xmas Day 25 Dec.
2 Murrey Street
sydney NSW 2000, AU
+61 2 9298 3777