The history of the WWII is reflected in the role of the Dutch as the “Fourth Ally” in the South Pacific and the formation of the Dutch East Indies Government in exile in Australia, soon after the surrender of the Dutch colony to the Japanese. This brought an influx of perhaps as much 20,000 people from Dutch East Indies.
This episode was followed by the turbulent developments in relation to the independence of Indonesia where Australia and the Netherlands often found themselves on opposite sides. This situation reoccurred when Indonesia annexed Dutch Papua New Guinea in the early 1960s.

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Samuel Jacob – Merauke, a plane crash and the ‘White Australia Policy’
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Archaeological research NEI Camp Columbia Wacol Brisbane
Archaeological research NEI Camp Columbia Wacol Brisbane
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DACC Paper-based ARCHIVES
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Dutch warship participates in Australian naval exercise
Dutch warship participates in Australian naval exercise
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Nederland overhandigt VOC-schat aan Australië 9-11-2010
Nederland overhandigt VOC-schat aan Australië
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Nieuwe mogelijkheden Australisch-Nederlandse erfgoedsamenwerking 17-12-2012
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SBS Video – Broome honours the fallen and survivors of 1942 – 7-3-2012
3 March 1942, the Japanese attack on Broome. 70 years later the WA government, Federal Australian, Dutch and American governments
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Exclusive interview in DUTCH with Dutch PM Mark Rutte recorded November 2104 in Canberra during his 2 day visit to
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The Dutch at Archerfield Airport, Brisbane
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In memoriam Vera Rado 10-11-2020
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This essay will discuss historical events during and shortly after WWII that brought Australia, the Netherlands and the emerging country
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