AIA members are invited to the following events
AIA Trip to Cowra War Cemetery – 19 March 2022
Did you know that during WW2 about 1,200 Indonesians, including women and children, were detained in Cowra, NSW? Unfortunately, some of them died unprepared for the Australian weather in June, marking winter's start. Among the Indonesians buried in Cowra cemetery are political prisoners of the Dutch colonial government exiled to Boven Digul, Papua, in the 1920-1930s. AIA-NSW has a busload of members who are going to Cowra for the weekend and they have invited the ACT Indonesian community members to join them. While the trip from Sydney is over 5 hours it is less than 2.5 hours from Canberra so those from the ACT are able to drive to and from Cowra on the Saturday.
The people coming from the ACT are invited to gather at the Cowra Japanese Gardens bar-b-que site at midday and if you wish enjoy a shared lunch by all bringing a plate of food to share. The AIA-NSW bus will join us there and then we will go to a ceremony at the Indonesian graves in the Cowra War Cemetery from 1-2pm on 19 March 2022 with a wreath laying as the main event at about 1.30pm. AIA-ACT will lay a wreath. AIA-NSW plan to spend the next 2 hours doing a historical tour of the Prisoner of War Camp and other famous sites and all are invited to join them. If anyone wishes to stay the night and join the AIA-NSW group dinner you would be moist welcome. If you are interested in going to Cowra for this event please email President Les Boag at firstname.lastname@example.org so you can be advised of final plans for this events and any coordination instructions or adjustments.
TRIVIA LUNCH – Sun, 20 March 22
AIA-ACT will hold a Trivia Lunch at the Kingston Hotel starting at midday (12pm) on Sunday, 20th March 2022. This event has been rescheduled to ensure that COVID restrictions do not severely limit the attendance. We will then be able to have up to 66 attend. Attendees can purchase their own lunch selection and drinks from the Kingston Hotel. A hard working team has already prepared the Trivia questions. Attendees will be grouped into teams consisting of both Australians and Indonesians and prizes will be awarded to the winning team members. While attendance for the Trivia is free, you do need to book to reserve attendance due to number restrictions so please book early at: https://www.trybooking.com/BXLCD