Exhibition 5: Publications of the Central Committee of Indonesian Independence in 1946 in Brisbane

Our Central Committee of Indonesian Independence Exhibition contains images of the two publications undertaken by the Central Committee of Indonesian Independence formed at the Trades Hall on Wickham Terrace in Brisbane in 1946.

It was this Committee that negotiated the “Return of the Exiles” (Bennett) with the Australian Government.  In no small part, it was the efforts of Mohamad Bondan and his Australian-born wife, Molly, and so this collection includes a tribute to them.

The two pamphlets published in Brisbane by the Central Committee of Indonesian Independence in 1946 are:

Publication 1 - Central Committee of Indonesian Independence, Australia 1946, Republic of Indonesia, Brisbane.
Publication 2   - Central Committee of Indonesian Independence, Australia 1946, Merdeka: Republic Indonesia, 17 August, 1945-17 August, 1946, Brisbane.

They are housed in the Fryer Library, the rare books and documents section of the University of Queensland Library.  The permission of the Fryer Library to publish this priceless material, and imaging of it, is gratefully acknowledged.

Publication 1 - Central Committee of Indonesian Independence, Australia 1946, Republic of Indonesia, Brisbane.
Publication 2 - Central Committee of Indonesian Independence, Australia 1946, Merdeka: Republic Indonesia, 17 August, 1945-17 August, 1946, Brisbane.
Tribute to Mohamad and Molly Bondan


Publication 1 - Central Committee of Indonesian Independence, Australia 1946, Republic of Indonesia, Brisbane.


Rear (page 20)
and front
cover pages.


Pages 2 and 3.


Pages 4 and 5.


Pages 6 and 7.


Pages 8 and 9.


Pages 10 and 11.


Pages 12 and 13.


Pages 14 and 15.


Pages 16 and 17.


Pages 18 and 19.

   
Publication 2 - Central Committee of Indonesian Independence, Australia 1946, Merdeka: Republic Indonesia, 17 August, 1945-17 August, 1946, Brisbane.


Rear (page 36) and front cover pages


Pages 2 and 3.


Pages 4 and 5.


Pages 6 and 7.


Pages 8 and 9.


Pages 10 and 11.


Pages 12 and 13.


Pages 14 and 15.


Pages 16 and 17.


Pages 18 and 19.


Pages 20 and 21.


Pages 22 and 23.


Pages 24 and 25.


Pages 26 and 27.


Pages 28 and 29.


Pages 30 and 31.


Pages 32 and 33.


Pages 34 and 35.

   
 
Tribute to Mohamad and Molly Bondan.

This photograph of the “gentlest of revolutionaries”, as JD Legge called him, was taken sometime during Mohamad Bondan’s time in Australia between 1943 and 1946. 

It is included as a tribute to the man who was Secretary of the Central Committee for Indonesian Independence in Brisbane following the Declaration of Independence in 1945.

No story of the friendship between Indonesia and Australia could or should be told without acknowledgement of vital role played by Mohamad Bondan and his Australian-born wife, Molly, in the early formative days of that friendship’s beginning.

We would like to acknowledge the generosity of Alit Bondan in allowing us to publish the photographs of his parents.


Mohamad Bondan
Circa 1943-46


Mohamad, Molly and Alit Bondan 1947