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Merauke is located in West Papua (province)
Location of the city in Papua
Coordinates: 8°28′S 140°20′E / 8.467°S 140.333°E / -8.467; 140.333
Country Indonesia
Province Papua
Regency Merauke Regency
 • Mayor Johanes Gluba Gebze
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 87,634
Time zone WIT (UTC+9)
Climate Aw

Merauke is a city considered to be one of the easternmost cities in Indonesia, located in Merauke Regency, Papua province, Indonesia. It is next to Maro River. At the 2010 Census it had a population of 87,634.[1]

Merauke was established in February 1902 as a military post by the Dutch, to prevent raids by the Marind-anim into neighbouring British New Guinea and the northwest Torres Strait Islands (Boigu, Dauan and Saibai).

The Cathedral of St. Francis Xavier in Merauke is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Merauke.

RAAF No. 12 Squadron pilots in the mess at Merauke in December 1943

Merauke was the site of an Allied air base during World War II and there was ground fighting between Australian and Japanese patrols in the area.[2]

Merauke as the name[edit]

Merauke is used for the name of United States navy ship, USS Merauke (ID-2498).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bito Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.
  2. ^ Klemen, L. "The last Dutch fortress in the East Indies - Merauke, Dutch New Guinea, 1942". The Netherlands East Indies 1941-1942. 

Coordinates: 8°28′S 140°20′E / 8.467°S 140.333°E / -8.467; 140.333