Dutch sun dial Bharuch

March 26, 2019

In March it took a while to find the Dutch sun dial wall of the Dutch factory in Bharuch. The situation is worse than 30 years ago when I visited there for the first time.

See also Dutch loge in Bharuch, includes a short film clip.

Dutch cemetery Surat revisited in 2019

March 26, 2019

I revisited the cemetery in Surat in early March.

See Surat cemetery revisited 2019.

Filmclip Dutch cemetery Bharuch

March 26, 2019

Here is a short filmclip I made in March 2019 during a one-month heritage tour in India.

Bharuch: Dutch cemetery revisited in 2019

March 26, 2019

I revisited the Dutch cemetery in Bharuch in March 2019 after 30 years.

Bharuch revisited in 2019

Old Dutch cemetery Bimilipatan destroyed

March 4, 2019

We visited Bimilipatan , now Bheemunipatnam, on 2 March through the beautiful beach road 28 kilometres from Vizag (now Visakhapatnam). Very near the light house we saw the pyramid tombs rise at the Flagstaff cemetery.

Bimlipatnam: Old Dutch cemetery destroyed

Nearly fifteen years VOC service in Bengal: Jan Albert Sichterman

February 8, 2019

Not much personal information from Dutch life in Bengal or any other of Dutch settlements in India can be found in the VOC archives in the State Archives. The reason for that is that the VOC correspondence only covered official and business information written by VOC employees and shared with the local head office and the central office in The Netherlands, The VOC also censored all letters. An exception can be made for Jan Albert Sichterman (1692-1764), who spent nearly 15 years in Bengal. In 1742 he used his own money to build a church tower near the river in Chinsurah.

That we know a bit more about his and his family’s life is due to a personal history dug up by a descendent in the Sichterman family. Wiet Kühne-van Diggelen.

Wiet wrote the book in Dutch. For my research for the Indian specialists working on the revamp of the Dutch heritage in Chinsurah I summarized her book about Jan Sichterman. See Nearly fifteen years VOC service in Bengal: Jan Albert Sichterman.

Next Dutch heritage tour

January 7, 2019

In February and March Chris and I are going to do another heritage tour in India. We’ll be visiting Bheemunipatnam (Bimilipatnam in earlier days) on the Coromandel coast.

Later we’ll revisit the Dutch cemeteries in Surat and Bharuch that I visited once in 1989. We are curious to find out what is left of our shared heritage there.

Jan Albert Sichterman in Bengal

December 22, 2017

Not much personal information from Dutch life in Bengal or any other of Dutch settlements in India can be found in the VOC archives in the State Archives. The reason for that is that the VOC correspondence only covered official and business information, written by VOC employees and shared with the local head office and the central office in The Netherlands, The VOC also censored all letters. An exception can be made for Jan Albert Sichterman (1692-1764), who spent nearly 15 years in Bengal.

I translated this information from Dutch using selections mainly from a recent book written by a descendant and various other sources.

Jan Albert Sichterman (1692-1764)

My VOC in India bibliography

December 22, 2017

My annotated collection on VOC in India started in 1988 and comprises nearly 450 titles. I have grouped them on the various regions and on two interesting VOC employees. The last category gives interesting views from esteemed Indian historians about the Dutch presence. They include comparisons between the Portuguese, Dutch and British actions in India.

Bharoch/Surat/Gujarat
Chinsurah/ West Bengal
Cochin/Malabar
Coromandel (Sadras/Pulikat)
Ceylon
General
Haafner
Sichterman
Indian views

What is left in Nagapatnam

October 31, 2017

In December 2013 Christiaan and I drive some 65 kilometres from Tranquebar (with Danish heritage) to Nagaptanam. There we drifts ask our driver to go to the beach and harbour are, with the help of Bauke Van der Pol’s VOC in India book we find the Dutch heritage.


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