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Wall Tile (Tegel)

From the Collection of Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria 60 Rosstown Road Carnegie Victoria

Description
A small, simply coloured ceramic tile commemorating the liberation of the Dutch East Indies on August 15, 1945. An illustrated paper applique has been stuck on the top surface.
Size
10cm x 10cm
Object Registration
5877
Historical information
The Japanese occupied present day Indonesis from 7-12-1941 to 15-8-1945. Indonesia was a Dutch colony at the time and Dutch Indonesians were imprisoned, starved and otherwise treated with great cruelty.
Significance
This tile is of importance as a reminder of the War in the Pacific and the suffering of Dutch colonials during the Japanese occupation.
Inscriptions & Markings
The following words and phrases are recorded on the paper applique:
15 augustus 1945; NED. INDIE VRIJ; nooit vergeten (never forget). The dates 7-12-1941and 15-8-1945 record the time of Japanese occupation. The tile is further illustrated with a map of the (now) Indonesian islands; two cut lines of barbed wire and two triumphant lions.
Last updated
9 Mar 2017 at 6:48PM