“Colonial Neighbours in an Era of Change: Portugal and the Netherlands in Timor, 1945-1949”

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Presenter:  Dr Steven Farram

Date: Mar 02, 2016

Time: 11:00am to 12:30pm

Contact person:  The LEBA Research and Postgraduate Office
T: 8946 6156
E: lebaresearch@cdu.edu.au

Location:  Lecture theatre Blue 5.1.01, Casuarina Campus


After three-hundred years of conflict in the region, Portugal and the Netherlands agreed on the partition of Timor in 1914. Many problems facing the Portuguese and Dutch administrations revolved around Timorese activities such as unauthorised immigration, localised warfare and livestock theft. Following the Second World War, things continued in a similar vein, although there were other matters to deal with, such as escaped Japanese prisoners, escaped Portuguese Timorese prisoners and competition to build an international airport. Australia’s ambitions in the region and support granted to independence movements by other nations created new challenges. The latter was particularly true for the Dutch who had to deal with the influence of the Indonesian Republic, whose success eventually led to their departure. Portugal feared a similar fate, but it is explained how local conditions and a deal between Portugal and the Allies during the Second World War allowed it to retain its colonial possessions virtually free of criticism.


Steven Farram is a Senior Lecturer in History at Charles Darwin University. His research interests include the history of northern Australia and Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia and Timor-Leste. Steven has published extensively in these areas and is also a regular contributor of book and exhibition reviews to various journals. He is a regular participant at international and local conferences and has been coordinator of the Annual History Colloquium held in Darwin for several years.

RSVP by Tuesday 1st March via Outlook or email LEBAResearch@cdu.edu.au
Lunch will be provided upon receipt of an RSVP

**Waterfront Campus, Alice Springs, Adelaide, Melbourne & Sydney based colleagues interested in attending please request video conference in your RSVP by Friday the 26th of  February (ITMS ask that requests are submitted at least 2 days prior)