Discovery: name Sapoerahof is wrong

An additional result of the cultural heritage project Linking back to Lombok is the discovery that the name Sapoerahof in the Lombok area of Utrecht has been spelled incorrectly.  During a walk, Wim Manuhutu, former manager of Museum Malaku, noticed that the name of this side street of  the Molukkenstraat is incorrect. The street is named after the Indonesian island Saparua. The initiators of establishing Linking back to Lombok, one of which is the  Papua heritage Foundation, have brought this to the attention of the Utrecht City Council. The council admitted that that a mistake had been made in the past by the street-naming committee responsible.The street is named after the Indonesian island Saparua. The initiators of establishing Linking back to Lombok, one of which is the  Papua heritage Foundation, have brought this to the attention of the Utrecht City Council. The council admitted that that a mistake had been made in the past by the street-naming committee responsible.

City Council to change name
Chrétien Breukers of the naming committee of  Utrecht City Council says it is remarkable that thisSaparua ligt vlakbij Ambon was only discovered after eight years. The committee, under chairmanship of Ed Hoeboer, now wants to change the name into Saparuahof. The people living in the street first have to agree with the change of name. Saparua is an island in the Indonesian Archipelago Moluccas. The island is situated on the Sea of Arafura near Ambon and is a 144 square kilometres. Saparua is among the islands where cloves are cultivated. Many of the Moluccans living in the Netherlands come from this island. Wendy Kremer and Klaartje Snoeren of Lombox.nl have made a video for the  project Linking back to lombok in which people living in the Utrecht neighbourhood comment on the incorrect spelling of the street name. The video can be seen on YouTube: read more.. 

Saparua History
In 1817 a large revolt against the Dutch occupation takes place in Sapurua and they were complerely defeated. On May 17 Moluccans conquer VOC fort ‘Duurstede’ on the island. During detail van aquarel van Q.M.R. VerHuell over overdracht jongetjethe conquest, led by Thomas Matulesia, almost everybody in the fort is killed, including the new resident Johannes van den Bergh. Of the 378  commissioned and non-commissioned officers, 364 die on the battlefield after only several hours of fighting. According to historical records, Matulesia bombards the ‘godless Dutch’ with quotes from the bible and musket fire. Only the 6-year-old son of the resident survives the attack. Several months later, he is found in the forest near Salomon by the crew of a Dutch frigate and transferred to family in Batavia. Matulesia is worshipped as a monarch and spiritual leader by the population and is given the heroic name Pattimura (young king). The colonial authorities suffer loss of face again in June 1817 when an their army unit under the  leadership of major Beetjes is slaughtered on landing at Saparua. All 116 soldiers, participating in the invasion, are killed.
 

Resistance is put down
 It is November 1817 before the admiral, A.A. Buyskens, is able to crush the  resistance on Saparua with a successful punitive expedition. The rule of the Moluccan islands becomes more Matulesia krijgt heldennaam Pattimurasevere and Matulesia is hung in public at Fort Victoria on Ambon. Courteous until the last moment Matulesia, standing under the gallows, speaks these legendary words: ‘Slamat tinggal, tuan-tuan’ (‘ Gentlemen, I wish you a pleasant time, staying behind.’) The son of the killed governor, Jean Lubbert, is transferred to his grandparents in the Netherlands in 1820. Granddad is so delighted with the rescue of his grandson that he donates an organ to the Nicolas Church in Wijhe. UPattimura ook op postzegelp to the presen day, descendants of the boy may officially call themselves ‘Van den Berg van Saparua’. Every year on May 15 the Moluccan uprising against the Dutch occupation is still commemorated in Indonesia. Matulesia has become part of the pantheon of national heroes and his portrait can be seen on Indonesian stamps and paper currency. Moluccans in the Netherlands also consider Pattimura a hero who defended the interests of the population.

Also see: Linken Leggen Lombok ( Linking back to Lombok) and Lombox.nl
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