Published online by Cambridge University Press: 27 September 2019
On 13 September 1947, four Australian officers arrived by air in Batavia (now Jakarta), the capital of the Netherlands East Indies. The four represented all three services: they were led by Brigadier Lewis Dyke, who was accompanied by Major David Campbell, Commander Henry Chesterman and Squadron Leader Lou Spence. They had arrived to oversee a ceasefire, and the next day they split into two groups and went into the field. They were the first UN peacekeepers, and for Australia represented the start of a continuous record of service in peacekeeping that lasts to the present day.