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.

Engelandvaarder Kees van Brink (1915-2004)
Engelandvaarder Kees van Brink (1915-2004)
Cornelis Hendrik 'Kees' van Brink (Schiedam, 20 maart 1915 - Sydney (Australië), 11 december 2004) Kees was een geheim agent
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Historical overview of Dutch consular service in Queensland
Historical overview of Dutch consular service in Queensland
The Dutch Republic has sent representatives to foreign lands since 1584 and it was the first country to regulate consular
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Dutch ballerinas performing for WWII Allied troops
Dutch ballerinas performing for WWII Allied troops
Born as Maria Louisa Frederika, “Darja” Collin (November 19, 1902 – May 6, 1967) was a Dutch ballet dancer and
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Julius Tahija was one of the few NEI men who received the Netherlands highest military order.
Julius Tahija was one of the few NEI men who received the Netherlands highest military order.
Julius Tahija (13 July 1916 – 30 July 2002) was an Indonesian businessman, politician and soldier. He was a recipient
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Dutch fly in formation under Sydney Harbour Bridge - May 1942
Dutch fly in formation under Sydney Harbour Bridge – May 1942
Nicholas Dijkstra tells the story about flying in formation under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. In May 1942, two US 'Kittyhawks'
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Archaeological research NEI Camp Columbia Wacol Brisbane
Archaeological research NEI Camp Columbia Wacol Brisbane
When the Japanese invaded Netherlands East Indie (NEI) in 1942, most members of the NEI Government had been able to
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Discussion on a new electoral system with lessons learned from the Netherlands
Discussion on a new electoral system with lessons learned from the Netherlands
Professor Klaas Woldring has launched a Facebook page on this topic: https://www.facebook.com/Improving-Parliamentary-Representation-in-Australia-105761175281121 The principal objective is to explain the advantages
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Dan van Holst Pellekaan appointed as Deputy Premier of South Australia
Dan van Holst Pellekaan appointed as Deputy Premier of South Australia
The South Australian Mining and Energy Minister Dan van Holst Pellekaan has been appointed as Deputy Premier of South Australia.
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Dutch TV
Dutch TV
Dutch TV is a weekly television program on community TV Channel 31 in Melbourne and Geelong (Australia) and Foxtel Aurora.
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Is Australia facing a bout of the Dutch Disease?
Is Australia facing a bout of the Dutch Disease?
Over the course of 2020 and 2021, the Australian press has regularly been referring to the Dutch Disease. So, it
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Joris Ivens - Doco Indonesia Calling
Joris Ivens – Doco Indonesia Calling
Ivens came to Australia in early 1945 as the Netherlands East Indies(NEI) Film Commissioner, to document the re-colonisation effort of
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Samuel Jacob - Merauke, a plane crash and the ‘White Australia Policy’
Samuel Jacob – Merauke, a plane crash and the ‘White Australia Policy’
Samuel Jacob, born in Ambon was a headmaster in Merauke, Dutch New Guinea a job he combined with being a
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Annie O'Keefe and her familie
Annie O’Keefe and her familie
Dutch Indonesian women. High Court decision that led to the eventual abolishment of the White Australia Policy
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DACC Paper-based ARCHIVES
DACC Paper-based ARCHIVES
The Dutch Australian Cultural Centre was founded in 1983 and gives as its aims and objectives in its mission statement,
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Dutch warship participates in Australian naval exercise Sept. 2021
Dutch warship participates in Australian naval exercise Sept. 2021
HNLMS Evertsen (F805) (Dutch: Zr.Ms. Evertsen) is the fourth De Zeven Provinciën-class frigate of the Royal Netherlands Navy. It together
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Nederland overhandigt VOC-schat aan Australië 9-11-2010
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
Nieuwe mogelijkheden Australisch-Nederlandse erfgoedsamenwerking 17-12-2012
Nieuwe mogelijkheden Australisch-Nederlandse erfgoedsamenwerking
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Australisch-Nederlandse Erfgoeddag Den Haag 14 juni 2012
Australisch-Nederlandse Erfgoeddag Den Haag 14 juni 2012
Australisch-Nederlandse Erfgoeddag Den Haag 14 juni 2012
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Gedeeld erfgoed, gezamenlijke toekomst 11-6-2014
Gedeeld erfgoed, gezamenlijke toekomst 11-6-2014
Gedeeld erfgoed, gezamenlijke toekomst
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Nederland en Australië slaan nieuwe koers in voor maritiem erfgoed 18-9-2017
Nederland en Australië slaan nieuwe koers in voor maritiem erfgoed 18-9-2017
Nederland en Australië slaan nieuwe koers in voor maritiem erfgoed
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Wrak Amerikaans vliegdekschip uit WOII gevonden in zee Australië 7-3-2018
Wrak Amerikaans vliegdekschip uit WOII gevonden in zee Australië 7-3-2018
Wrak Amerikaans vliegdekschip uit WOII gevonden in zee Australië
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SBS Video – Dutch Politician – Boris Dittrich (in Sydney) vertelt over zijn nieuwe boek Moord en Brand
Boris Dittrich, Advocacy Director LGBT rights program Human Rights Watch, talk about his work - visit to Canberra and the
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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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SBS Video – Dutch PM Mark Rutte visits Australia 8-11-2014
Exclusive interview in DUTCH with Dutch PM Mark Rutte recorded November 2104 in Canberra during his 2 day visit to
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Misprint in Indonesian independence and KLM stamps
Misprint in Indonesian independence and KLM stamps
This is an interesting Indonesian stamp album. It is commemorating the first anniversary of the Indonesian revolutionaries declaration of independence
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Netherlands Political System of Proportional Representation
Proportional Representation - Party List The Westminster legacy: Single Member Districts. What that means currently: In many seats the Member
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The Dutch at Archerfield Airport, Brisbane
The Dutch at Archerfield Airport, Brisbane
Australian and Dutch history meet at Archerfield Airport in Brisbane. During WWII this airfield played a critical role for the
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In memoriam Vera Rado 10-11-2020
In memoriam Vera Rado 10-11-2020
As a teenager she was kept captive in a Japanese camp on Java
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50 Anniversary of the liberation of Netherlands East Indies
50 Anniversary of the liberation of Netherlands East Indies
In 1995 the Dutch Australian Cultural Centre organised a 50 year liberation in the Dutch East Indies commemoration at their
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