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Some Early Connections Between Timor and North Australia

Farram, Steven (2000). Some Early Connections Between Timor and North Australia. Journal of Northern Territory History,11:57-70.

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Title Some Early Connections Between Timor and North Australia
Author Farram, Steven
Journal Name Journal of Northern Territory History
Publication Date 2000
Volume Number 11
ISSN 1034-7488   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 57
End Page 70
Total Pages 14
Place of Publication Darwin
Publisher Historical Society of the Northern territory
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Timor is one of the closest parts of Asia to Australia. It is in fact only about four hundred nautical miles from Darwin. This proximity made Darwin a natural choice as an operations base for the recent United Nations mission in East Timor. It is likely that close connections between Darwin and East Timor will now persist. West Timor and Darwin have been connected by a twice-weekly air service from the capital Kupang for many years and links have been forged between government and business in the two places also. These are recent developments, but there are precedents. During the early years ofEuropean exploration ofthe north Australian coast and the early years of British settlement in tbe Northern Territory, Timor was a vital source of supplies and communications. It is also probable that regular voyages were made from Timor, or via Timor, to north Australia by Macassan trepang gatherers. Sandalwood traders who visited Timor may have been early visitors to north Australia also. Many people from Timor now live in Darwin and many Territorians regularly visit Timor. These people are part of a long history of interaction between the two regions which stretches back several hundred years.
 
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