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08-November-2013
08-November-2013

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

A monument commemorates the tenth anniversary of the independence of East Timor.

East Timor's road to independence - achieved on 20 May 2002 - was long and traumatic. The people of the first new nation of the century suffered some of the worst atrocities of modern times in their struggle for self-determination.

When their Portuguese colonial masters withdrew in 1975, Indonesia claimed the territory for itself and ruthlessly suppressed the independence movement. Eventually the UN took over the administration and supervised the territory's transition to independence.

Location

Address:Doveton Street North, Ballarat Library, Ballarat, 3550
State:VIC
Area:Foreign
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.55787
Long: 143.85568
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Government
Sub-Theme:Foreign
Actual Event STart Date:20-May-2002
Actual Event End Date:20-May-2012
Monument Designer:Marqy da Costa (East Timor)

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:2012
Front Inscription

2012

Australian East Timor Association (Ballarat) honours the spirit of the East Timorese people on the tenth anniversary of the restoration of their independence.

Artist, Marqy da Costa, Afalyca Art Bacau, EastTimor

Source: MA
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