Launch of Balibo Veterans’ Museum

The Balibo Veterans’ Museum was launched on Saturday 30 April. The Museum honours the memory of the Balibo Five, and particularly the Timorese and international veterans who served in World War Two, with the Resistance, INTERFET and International Stabilisation Force up to Independence in 1999.

Balibo House Trust was honoured to have in attendance His Excellency Taur Matan Ruak Prime Minister, Her Excellency Adaljiza Albertina Xavier Reis Magno Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, His Excellency Brigadier General (rtd) Filomeno da Paixão de Jesus Minister of Defence, Her Excellency Inácia Teixeira, Minister of Tourism Trade and Industry, Vice Chief of the F-FDTL Major General Calisto Santos (Coliati), His Excellency Bill Coestello, Australian Ambassador to Timor Leste, INTERFET Country Ambassadors and Members of the Diplomatic Corps and International Community, local Chefes, the Bobonaro District Administrator, Balibo House Trust Patron, The Honorable Steve Bracks, and Harold Mitchell AC.

The Museum was made possible through the support of the Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste, The Government of the Commonwealth of Australia and Sponsors the Harold Mitchell Foundation, Vanzella Creative, Balibo Fort Hotel, Bryon Cunningham, Design Case, Designcraft and Image Box.