Australian Embassy

Indonesian History Now Available Online

Media Release

27 April 2016

Inside Indonesia, the magazine that chronicles more than thirty years of social and political change in Indonesia, is now available in a digital archive.

Inside Indonesia represents more than three decades of collaboration between Indonesian and Australian researchers, and features contributions from leading Indonesian commentators, intellectuals, writers and activists.

The magazine was first published in Melbourne in 1983 by the Indonesia Resources and Information Programme to better inform its readers about the diversity of Indonesian society, the struggles of Indonesians to achieve greater democracy, human rights, gender and racial equality, tolerance and environmental sustainability. It is an important historical resource for both Indonesia and Australia.

The digitisation of the back catalogue of the magazine has been made possible through the support of the Australia Indonesia Institute, Herb Feith Foundation of Monash University and the National Library of Australia.

The Australia Indonesia Institute (AII) was established in 1989 by the Australian Government to promote bilateral people-to-people links and is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The AII supports a large number of projects in the arts, music, education and Australian Studies, youth, civil society, interfaith, media and sports sectors.

The archive was launched today at the Universitas Indonesia in Jakarta by Australia Indonesia Institute Board Chair Professor Tim Lindsey as part of the Board’s visit to Indonesia.

Following the launch, the Board will travel to Makassar to meet Indonesian government, civil society, academic, media and cultural figures. AII Board Members will also visit SDN Pacinongang Unggulan Makassar, a school connected online with Australia through the BRIDGE (Building Relations through Intercultural Dialogue and Growing Engagement) program. This program connects thousands of Australian and Indonesian students and teachers.

“This may be the first time Indonesians will have a chance to see Inside Indonesia in full, in its original form. Looking back through past issues illustrates Indonesia’s remarkable journey,” Professor Lindsey said.

Media inquiries:
Alison Purnell, Counsellor (Cultural) tel. (021) 2550 5260