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OLD ROUTES, NEW ROOTS

An Online Exhibition About Dutch Malakka

Discover our Malaysian-Dutch heritage through 360° Tours, and an interactive game, and get to know families of today who are finding new ways of what it means to be Dutch Eurasian.

This is the official logo of the Vereenigde Oost Indische Compagnie (VOC), also known as The United East India Company. The VOC was the world’s first multinational and was very successful,  however The Company also used questionable means to acquire its success. Many Dutch citizens are not proud of this, but acknowledge it is part of their history to learn from.

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 THE DUTCH
ROUTE

The VOC or Dutch East Trading Company has been touted  as the single richest conglomerate of its time, estimating a net worth of USD8.2 trillion. It was also known as 'The Company.'

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DISCOVER MALAKKA

The spelling Malakka refers to the Dutch period, Malacca for the English period while modern-day spelling is Melaka.

Take a walk through the Dutch Administrative Quarters or find out about the families who once lived in Melaka during the Dutch occupation.

DUTCH ADMINISTRATIVE SQUARE

ST PAULS HILL

MEET THE

FAMILIES

Curating the stories of families who are piecing together their Dutch ancestry today. Giving them the recognition they deserve because Dutch Melakan history is our Malaysian history.

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Batik Belanda: Artwork of Eliza Van Zuylen (1863-1947) a Dutch Indonesian, entrepreneur and pioneer in the batik art industry. She was the great-grand daughter of a wealthy merchant and resident of Melaka, Adriaan Koek (b.1795- d. 1825).

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PLAY THE GAME

Climb up the corporate ladder from a lowly boat crew to become Governor of Melaka! In this interactive game you will learn about the enterprise that became known as "The Company."

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ABOUT THIS PROJECT

The Bendahari

A joint collaboration between Melakans, University of Nottingham and The Bendahari.

 

Supported by Tourism Melaka and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands, Kuala Lumpur.

Project Consultants

Photographer & 360 Tour

Dennis De Witt
Serge Jardin
CJ Fen

University of Nottingham Malaysia Team

Mehul Varsha Singh
Khor Yoong Joo
Faith New Xin Yue
Sharfa Dhamin
Ng Kah Kit
Quah Chia Yi
Prof. Boriana Koleva (UK)
Led by Dr. Marina Ng 

Interviews & Research
 

Maria Dass

Project Coordinators

Lim Swee Kiang
Melissa Chan

Art Director

Special Thanks

Benjamin Cheh
Majella Gomes
Rosli Haji Nor
Chew Phye Keat
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Tourism Melaka
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Let's Connect

If you would like to contribute to this on-going project please do send us an e-mail!

Address

Lot 147-149 Jalan Bendahara

75100 Melaka

Email

Phone

+6011-2609 3921

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