broome 1942

In the early months of 1942 the bombing of Broome, Wyndham and Darwin formed the first 'physical contact of war within Australia' according to Prime Minister John Curtin. Even more poignant, the majority of casualties included widows and orphans of the Java Sea Battle, evacuaees from the Netherlands East Indies (Indonesia) to Australia on that fateful March morning as Broome was bombed.

This resource was developed from an exhibition which was jointly curated between Curtin University Library and Nonja Peters, Director of the History of Migration Experiences Centre at Curtin as a collaborative project to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the bombing and the relationship between the Netherlands East Indies and the Curtin government.

The Alliance
The Attack
Pacific war
Balancing powers
A new era
Curtin facts
Broome 1942 essay

Authors: Nonja Peters and Lesley Budrovich
Web design: Lesley Budrovich and Sue Grey-Smith
Published by Curtin University Library © 2012