Netherlands Memorial


Netherlands Australian Memorial Canberra ACT
Memorial design: Adam Azzopardi -National Capital Authority
In situ Terrazzo artwork David Humphries
Project managers: Lend Lease
Commissioned by the National Capital Authority 1999 

The Royal Netherlands and East Indies Forces Memorial commemorates Dutch forces who operated from Australia as part of the allied opposition to Japan during World War Two. It is located in the Defence Complex in Canberra, near the Australian American War Memorial with its well known eagle atop a tall column. This special position symbolizes the fact that The Netherlands and the USA were the only non -Commonwealth allies to establish bases in Australia during the war.

 The terrazzo design is based on aerial map of the former Dutch East Indies region's relationship to Australia over shadowed by the heavy clouds of war.