Study Tours to Timor-Leste


Since 2017, my dear friend, Nandy Gurr, and I have been leading an annual Study Tour to Timor-Leste. The Tours are small and intimate with only 8 participants. We generally visit Dili, Balibo and one other town such as Baucau. It gives Nandy and me such a huge buzz to introduce 8 new friends to Timor-Leste and to witness them fall in love with our nearest and dearest neighbour!

Check out what we have in store for participants in Study Tour 2020.
We’d love to hear from you if you would like to learn more about our itinerary, prices, possible extensions etc. Just drop me a line at:
There are so many memorable locations to visit in Timor-Leste and many of our Study Tour participants opt to arrive ahead of the Tour or to stay on afterwards in order to enhance their appreciation and understanding of the country and its people. But this one, Atauro island, is a personal favourite:

Update (March 2020): In light of the rapidly evolving Covid-19 situation, we are considering the option of postponing or cancelling this year's Study Tour. However, at this stage we continue to welcome registrations of interest and will keep you updated.  

"A Woman of Independence"

ISBN: 9781742624020
Format: eBook
Pub Date: 10/11/2007
Category: Biography & True Stories / Biography: general
Imprint: Macmillan Australia
Price: $16.99

"Alias Ruby Blade"


Feature Documentary Film (2012)

Using astonishing footage of the years-long resistance, director Alex Meillier presents a highly personal account of the courage needed to create a new democracy in modern times.

You can buy "Alias Ruby Blade" on Google Play Movies, YouTube as download or rent it on Google Play Movies, YouTube online.

About Me
I was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1966. As a student of the Italian and Indonesian languages at Melbourne University in the 1980's I became aware of the plight of the people of a small half-island called East Timor. A colony of Portugal for 500 years, East Timor or "Timor-Leste" was invaded by its huge neighbour, Indonesia, in 1975. It's a long story, but like many Australians and other citizens of the world, it made me angry and sad to learn that my own government aided and abetted that invasion in order to gain the upper hand in negotiating access to oil and gas reserves in the Timor Sea, just north of Australia. At the cost of a quarter of a million Timorese lives. I decided to do something about it. And I still am today. 

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