Australians welcomed in Eastern Indonesia
21 September 1945. Australian troops occupy Makassar as they fan out across Eastern Indonesia and accept the surrender of Japanese forces. Ambon follows next day while Kupang and Banjarmasin were liberated the previous week. Generally the Australians are warmly welcomed, the Dutch NICA officials who accompany them sometimes less so. In Makassar, attempts to bypass the Republican governor and organize pro-Dutch militias quickly lead to violence.