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Near Neighbours: Records on Australia's Relations with Indonesia


Near Neighbours: Records on Australia's Relations with Indonesia

Karl Metcalf

Published by the National Archives of Australia


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This guide is number 16 in the series of Research Guides published by the National Archives of Australia.

The story of Indonesia, from its wartime creation under the Japanese to the rise of Sukarno, the Konfrontasi with Malaysia, the Gestapu rebellion and the invasion of East Timor in 1975, is both fascinating and tumultuous. Australian interest in the affairs of its most populous neighbour is reflected in the volume of records created by the departments of External Affairs (now Foreign Affairs and Trade), Defence and Immigration. These records, including those concerned with the deaths of five Australia-based journalists in East Timor in 1975, are now available for public access from the National Archives of Australia. This guide is an essential reference for anyone interested in exploring the history and the complexities of Australian-Indonesian relations from the end of World War II to the 1970s.

Karl Metcalf is a former Army officer with several years' experience working in the National Archives. He is a graduate of the Royal Australian Air Force School of Languages (Indonesian), the Army Command and Staff College, and the Joint Services Staff College.

Guides include the material known to be relevant to their subject area but they are not necessarily a complete or definitive guide to all relevant material in the collection.

The National Archives reviews its collection to confirm the value of records for research, evidential and other purposes or to identify, in consultation with agencies, records for destruction. At the time of publication all the records described in this guide were present in the Archives collection. However, it is possible that some of the records may be destroyed if they are reviewed and considered not to be of enduring value. If this occurs the guide will be revised accordingly.

© Commonwealth of Australia 2001

First published 2001
First published online 2001

ISSN 1326–7078
ISBN 0 642 34442 6

This work is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968 no part may be reproduced by any process without prior written permission from the National Archives of Australia. Requests and inquiries concerning reproduction and rights should be directed to the Publications Manager, National Archives of Australia, PO Box 7425, Canberra Mail Centre ACT 2610, Australia.

Editing: Hélène Attrill
Research assistance: Paul Lawson-Brown and Sean Debenham
Cover design: Zoë D'Arcy
HTML version: Brian Joyce, Neris Bryden and Russell Pym

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