Local historian and former teacher Justin Corfield attended the last meeting of Geelong-Viqueque Friendship Schools and brought with him his latest book, The entrance door to Australia’: Australia and East Timor before the Second World War.
The book is sure to spark the interest of people who are concerned with developing the relationship between Australia and Timor Leste. His book examines early contact between Australians and the Timorese people during the period of Portuguese occupation.
The action takes place in the period prior to the Second World War and the Japanese occupation and Timorese resistance. At that time there had only been haphazard contacts between Australians and Timorese and amongst them were a number of expeditions undertaken to locate oil deposits. This book is the first to detail these early contacts between Australians and Timor.
Steve Bracks, the former Premier of Victoria and Adviser to Xanana Gusmão wrote of this book, ‘This is a story that should be told … It should be on the reading list for every secondary school in Australia. Then, our understanding of the newly independent nation of East Timor, one of our nearest neighbours, would be better understood and appreciated.’
The entrance door to Australia’: Australia and East Timor before the Second World War can be purchased on Amazon.