Remembering East Timor


Mary MacKillop East Timor Mission has launched a new DVD on the history of East Timor, to promote a wider appreciation of the intricate historical links between Australia and Timor-Leste - and to show how Mary MacKillop has become a model to many in this new nation.

The DVD explores the role of the Timorese people in World War II (WWII), which began on 17 December 1941 with the the landing of a few hundred men of the Australian 2/2 Independent Company in Portuguese Timor (now Timor-Leste), who were later joined by some of the 2/4th.

The Timorese/Australian partnership was unique and its toll on the Timorese people was inestimable.

Interviewees for the new DVD include Paul Cleary, author of Shakedown: Australia’s grab for Timor oil and The men who came out of the ground, the latest book on the Timor WWII campaign. Lawyer Rodney Lewis - who worked for more than 30 years on the Balibó case - is also featured. Kirsty Sword-Gusmão, the wife of the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste appears, as does Abel Guterres, the Timorese Ambassador to Australia.

Mary MacKillop East Timor Mission has worked in East Timor since 1994 in literacy and health education.
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