Great East

The Great East (Dutch: Groote Oost) was a governorate (gouvernement) of the Dutch East Indies between 1938 and 1946. It comprised all the islands to the east of Borneo (Celebes, the Moluccas, and West New Guinea, with their offshore islands) and of Java (Bali and the Lesser Sunda Islands). Its capital was Macassar on Celebes.[1]

The Great East region of the Dutch East Indies

The Great East was created with the merger of its constituent residencies on 25 May 1938 and was ruled by a governor.[2] The first governor was G. A. W. Ch. de Haze Winkelman. Following World War II, the governorate (except for Netherlands New Guinea) became the State of the Great East (later the State of East Indonesia) on 24 December 1946. This state became a constituent of the federal United States of Indonesia in 1949 and was integrated into a unitary Indonesia in 1950 (western New Guinea in 1969). As of March 2020, the area is divided into the eastern 13 of Indonesia's 34 provinces.

Administrative divisionsEdit

The Great East gouvernement consisted of the following residencies:[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Sillars 1974, p. 106.
  2. ^ Sillars 1974, p. 62.
  3. ^ Cribb 2000, p. 129.


  • Cribb, Robert (2000). Historical Atlas of Indonesia. Curzon Press. ISBN 0-7007-0985-1.
  • Elout, Cornelis Karel (1930), De Groote Oost, The Hague: N.V. Boekhandel v/h W.P. Van Stockum & Zoon.\*
  • Harvey, Barbara Sillars (1974). Tradition, Islam, and Rebellion: South Sulawesi 1950-1965 (PDF) (PhD). Cornell University.