Author Archives: ianburnet

About ianburnet

Author of the book, Spice Islands. Which tells the History, Romance and Adventure of the spice trade from the Moluccas in Eastern Indonesia over a period of 2000 years. Author of the book, East Indies.Which tells the history of the struggle between the Portuguese Crown, the Dutch East India Company and the English East India Company for supremacy in the Eastern Seas. Author of the book 'Archipelago - A Journey Across Indonesia'.

Lest We Forget – The Balibo Five

This is the forty third anniversary of the death of the Balibo Five in Portuguese East Timor – can it have been that long ago? Here is an excerpt from my book ‘Archipelago – A Journey Across Indonesia’. On October … Continue reading

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Oost-Indisch Huis (East India House)

East India House in Amsterdam, built in 1606, was the first building especially built for the United East India Company (VOC) and was the centre of all its business activities. The buildings have been preserved and are now part of … Continue reading

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Indonesia’s path to Independence 1901-1945

1901        Under the aegis of what became known as the ‘Ethical Policy’ the Dutch Government slowly began to extend opportunities, to the children of the Indonesian elite to attend Dutch language primary and secondary schools. The best of the young … Continue reading

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Explore the Spice Islands

This is your chance to explore the Spice Islands with Coral Expeditions at a special discount rate.

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425 kg of spices at the Art Gallery NSW !

Space Makers and Room Shakers until 21 October 2018 Ernesto Neto has made a large sculpture that you can smell before you see — a stretchy shelter filled with the following spices: cloves, tumeric, cumin, paprika, black pepper and fenugreek. … Continue reading

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Amazing aerial views of the archeological sites of Indonesia

This amazing video has been produced for the ‘Society of Indonesian Archeologists’ by Feri Latief and is accompanied by the song ‘Tanah Airku’ with the wonderful voice of Shanna Shannon. Please enjoy these remarkable images and I hope you will … Continue reading

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The Singhasari Temple and the Volkenkunde Museum

  The Singhasari temple near Malang in East Java is believed to memorialize King Kertanegara, the last of the Singhasari Dynasty. A Javanese chronicle relates that Kertanegara was buried at Singhasari in 1295, three years after his death, and deified … Continue reading

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