Allies in adversity, Australia and the Dutch in the Pacific War
Activities in Australia
Dutch evacuees in Australia felt strongly that they should contribute in some way to the war effort, and to the liberation of the Netherlands and the NEI. Most of the men were employed in the KNIL or in administrative roles for the Dutch authorities. Many women were also able to find work with the forces, or with the NEI administration, but others turned their attention to fund-raising, or to the provision of comforts for servicemen or other evacuees.
These largely unsung efforts helped to make life more bearable for many of the evacuees, particularly children, who were struggling to come to terms with a new culture and a new climate, and became one of the cornerstones of the Dutch community in Australia.