The story of Indonesia is both fascinating and tumultuous, encompassing:
- its wartime creation under the Japanese
- the rise of Sukarno
- the Konfrontasi with Malaysia
- the Gestapu rebellion
- the invasion of East Timor in 1975.
Australian interest in the affairs of its neighbour is reflected in the volume of records created by the departments of 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 available for public access from the National Archives of Australia.