• Sofia Zainal, Jessica Mulyawan and Kevin Mugianto

    Sofia Zainal, Jessica Mulyawan and Kevin Mugianto

  • Shirley and Denis Graham

    Shirley and Denis Graham

  • Shinta Benilda and Damon Searle

    Shinta Benilda and Damon Searle

  • John and Miken Robson

    John and Miken Robson

  • Jean Bennett and Pam Rhemrev

    Jean Bennett and Pam Rhemrev

  • Ieke Supomo with Yuni and Peter Ryan

    Ieke Supomo with Yuni and Peter Ryan

  • Don and Indri Wilkey

    Don and Indri Wilkey

  • Yetti Daly

    Yetti Daly

  • Ani Bun, Vonny Marshall and Kim Bong

    Ani Bun, Vonny Marshall and Kim Bong

  • Kyle Zsembery, Marley Jones, Patricia Paraswati and Meg Johan

    Kyle Zsembery, Marley Jones, Patricia Paraswati and Meg Johan

  • Dawn Boag and Yetti Daly

    Dawn Boag and Yetti Daly

  • Cera Yudawati, Vivi Pratiwi and Yudi Abrimantyo

    Cera Yudawati, Vivi Pratiwi and Yudi Abrimantyo

  • Betsy and John Phillips

    Betsy and John Phillips

  • Ambassador of Indonesia Nadjib Riphat Kesoema and his wife Nina Nadjib Riphat with AIA President Les Boag

    Ambassador of Indonesia Nadjib Riphat Kesoema and his wife Nina Nadjib Riphat with AIA President Les Boag

  • Suwito Supri and Heath N

    Suwito Supri and Heath N

Australia Indonesia Association 50th Anniversary Dinner

15 August 2015

The Australia Indonesia Association celebrated a golden anniversary after 50 years of promoting all manner of cultural and social activities, language study opportunities and good old fashioned friendship that is the cornerstone of this association in Canberra.

The dinner for the occasion was held at the Canberra Race Course with nary a neigh to be heard in the concrete surrounds of the main grandstand as ladies in varying heights of stilettos clip clopped up down and around to find the entrance to the event; once discovered the messages went out to friends and the Ambassador of Indonesia just how to get in.

The mix of stunning fabrics, rich colours, beautiful batiks traditional costumes with some blingy frocks for a bit of glamour was impressive, especially as the casualisation of evening events tends to diminish spectacular photo opportunities these days. Yetti Daly ‘s gold thread stole from Sumatra was probably worth its weight in that gold while popular Indonesian language teacher Yuni Ryan sparkled as a lady in red.
Les Boag as president of the AIA was the master of organisation with ‘Merdeka’, a young local band of university students and a group of traditional dancers there to entertain. All ages attended which augurs well for the association’s future decades.