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2 - St George and the maiden

Australia and the Indonesian question, 1945–47

from Part 1 - Actor and observer

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 September 2019

Peter Londey
Affiliation:
Australian National University, Canberra
Rhys Crawley
Affiliation:
Australian War Memorial
David Horner
Affiliation:
Australian National University, Canberra
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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.

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The Long Search for Peace
Observer Missions and Beyond, 1947–2006
, pp. 31 - 56
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2019

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