Image copyright: © Australian War Memorial licensed copyright

ID number P04315.052
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film original negative 35mm safety base
Maker Dupont, Stephen (Photographer)
Place made East Timor: Dili
Date made September 1999
Copyright holder Dupont, Stephen
Copying provision Copy provided for personal non-commercial use


Unidentified members of the international media record an Australian patrol in Dili. While smoke billows from a burning building in the background, the Australian soldiers crouch with their weapons by the wall in front of a house during their search for members of the pro-Indonesian militia. In the foreground (right) is an Australian commercial television reporter. Following the announcement of the pro-independence ballot result in September 1999, the pro-Indonesian militia launched a campaign of arson, murder and destruction. Shortly afterwards, on 20 September, the first Australian troops were deployed to East Timor as part of the International Force for East Timor (INTERFET), an Australian led international mission to bring peace and stability to East Timor under the United Nations mandate.