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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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Batavia – Onrust Island

Pulau Onrust is an island in Jakarta Bay that was developed by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) as a shipyard to repair their ships. Consequently it housed a permanent staff of artisans such as carpenters, sailmakers, ropemakers etc.etc. The … Continue reading

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Batavia and the Dutch Golden Age

The exhibition Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age: Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum, is on display at the Art Gallery NSW until 18 February. The United East India Company (VOC), one of the world’s first joint stock companies, was founded in … Continue reading

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The Mardijkers of Batavia – The music of the Keroncong Tugu Band

For those who like some of the best of keroncong music, follow the link to various performances of the Keroncong Tugu Band: For all SeaTrekkers, don’t forget to watch the Medley Ambon as it will will bring back white waves … Continue reading

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The Forgotten Mardijkers of Batavia

In 1699 the population of Batavia consisted of 3679 Chinese, 2407 Mardjikers or Portuguese Eurasians, 1,783 Dutch, 670 Dutch Eurasians and the original inhabitants or Orang Betawi. These Portuguese Eurasians had been brought to Batavia as slaves or indentured labour … Continue reading

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East Indies – A Story of Spices, Gunpowder and Opium

News Update. East Indies is now out in a paperback edition and available on order from your favorite bookstore or your favorite online retailer for A$29.95. In 1497 Vasco da Gama rounded the Cape of Good Hope, his small Portuguese … Continue reading

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Old Batavia – The Harbourmasters Tower

This lithograph from 1844 by C.W.M van de Velde shows Indonesian prahus alongside the landing dock or Aanleg Plaats on the Main Canal at the interior of Sunda Kelapa harbour. A harbour which is still used by the large Bugis … Continue reading

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