Book launch: Indonesia, 1947

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Indonesia, 1947: Australia and the first United Nations cease-fire order by Dr Steven Farram Dr Rod Nixon will launch the book Australia’s contribution to Indonesia’s independence struggle is fairly well-known, but this book tells a lesser known part of the story: Australia’s leading role in the 1947 United Nations Consular Commission and the monitoring of the first UN cease-fire order. It is a story that has been either completely ignored or barely touched on in previous studies. The commission’s military observers were pioneer peacekeepers, and an examination of the commission’s activities is useful for understanding the Indonesian independence struggle in the following years. Australia’s involvement in the commission has also played a positive role in long-term Australian-Indonesian relations.

Steven Farram is Senior Lecturer in North Australian and Regional Studies (History) at Charles Darwin University. His main research interests are the history of northern Australia and Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia and Timor-Leste. He is well-published in these areas with several journal articles and books. 

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