A copy of the VOC’s registers for April 1789. These daily registers contained rich detail - including about the weather.
Tracing History Trust
A project to transcribe Dutch colonial records of the weather in Cape Town can benefit modelling of future climate scenarios and assist in forecasting weather now.
Indonesians during the country’s revolutionary period in the 1940s.
To understand the politics of “Bersiap”, we must refrain from the dichotomous framing of Netherlands/Indonesia as us/them that has plagued years of public debate on the two countries’ colonial past.
Sri Lankan army soldiers secure the area around St. Anthony’s Shrine after a blast in Colombo.
AP Photo/ Rohan Karunarathne
Suicide bombers struck Sri Lanka’s churches and hotels on Easter Sunday, killing and injuring hundreds of people. Seven percent of Sri Lanka’s population is Christian – most of them Roman Catholics.
Walmart is bigger than Spain, Berkshire Hathaway is bigger than Russia. It could be time to rethink international relations.
Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn ‘Self-portrait as the apostle Paul’ 1661 (detail)
Rijksmuseum, de Bruijn-van der Leeuw Bequest, Muri, Switzerland
Rembrandt & the Dutch Golden Age, a major new exhibition, is the first of its kind to visit Sydney. The title is something of a misnomer – the centrepiece is a stunning work by Vermeer.
Paul Uhlmann, Batavia 4th June 1629 (night of my sickness), 2017, oil on canvas (detail, one of three panels).
Courtesy of the artist
The shipwreck of the Batavia and subsequent murders of 115 men, women and children have inspired many retellings. A new exhibition combines art and science to find new angles on an old tale.
A sailor walking among African captives in the hold of a slave ship. From the book Revelations of a Slave Smuggler published in 1860.
The Portuguese slave ship São José, which sank off Cape Town, was one of many vessels that either rounded the Cape or pulled into Table Bay for refreshment during the Transatlantic slave trade.
Unrealistic expectations raised early explorers’ hopes beyond all possibility.
Larry W. Lo
How did Australia, the mysterious southern continent that had captured European imaginations since ancient times, slip from the grasp of the Dutch? Four hundred years ago, the Dutch East India Company…