Australian support in upholding Indonesian independence
Explore with us the history of the Black Armada and Australia’s role in 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.
Agung Rai Museum of Art. Jl. Raya Pengosekan
27 October - 3 November 2016
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.
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