Tracing the history of Tin in Pewter Museum

If talking about the history of tin mining in Indonesia, fitting for a glance at Bangka Belitung Islands province. Two large islands in the province, and the island of Bangka Belitung Island, a tin mining area, well before Indonesia's independence.

The history was continued until the independence of Indonesia. A film adaptation of a phenomenal book Laskar Pelangi as it uncovers during the heyday of tin mining on Belitung Island. To better know the history, the Tin Museum is located at the base of the Pinang, Bangka Island, could be a reference.

In the museum, visitors can learn the history of tin mining started in the 17th century in the Sultanate of Palembang. Netherlands colonial then took over the control of mining Tin. No wonder in the city of Pangkal Pinang is easy to find homes Netherlands architecture which was residence of the Netherlands origin worker.

It was only when the independence of Indonesia, Tin mines belonging to the private parties of the Netherlands was nationalised by the Government of Indonesia. In 1962 started the Project Lead Smelter located in Muscovy duck in Central Bangka.

At the museum, visitors can see the remains of objects that are associated with the mining activity lead. Uniquely, many traditional objects used for mining.

For example the wood used water centong kuli tin mining to water and seeds removed Tin. This tool is used in the 1700s. then, objects are "old school" other there is also belincong which is made of wood and stone were used to mine the Tin.

While the inherited in the Netherlands as a colonial mold blocks of Tin and Tin beams Mijnbow's stamp Maatschappij Biliton (GMB). This stamp serves to give the brand on the block of Tin production production of GMB.

Some photos also shows the long history of the old school Tin in Bangka and Belitung. The one that always attract the attention of visitors is the picture of the atmosphere and the conditions of tin mining in the Netherlands colonial period.

In the picture looks foreman overseeing the Netherlands origin kuli-kuli contract brought in from the plains of China. At that time, tin mining is done by human powered manually. Great pictures and meet one of the walls of the museum are often the object of the photo of the visitors of the museum.

In the museum, visitors can also recognize a Tin-Tin and stone quarry minerals results more involved in tergali like the quartz crystal. As for on the front there is a museum locomotive pengangut Tin.

The museum building itself is of historical value as it used to be the location of the negotiations the Commission three countries that led to the handover of the sovereignty of the Republic of Indonesia in December 1949. Previously, the building was the home of the original mining company officials from the Netherlands, Banka Tin Winning (BTW).

The Museum was founded in 1997 and located in Jendral Achmad Yani, base. It is interesting to trace a long history from a lump of lead in Bangka and Belitung.

Lead in both of the island like the target of the young virgin girl. Sought after since the time of Sultanate of Palembang, dieskploitasi in the Netherlands, contested by Raffles in the United Kingdom, until the colonial period to the time Indonesia becomes a State.

It is said, there are still plenty of lead in soil of Bangka Belitung. In fact, some people have said on the ground below the museum could be the lead still contains lead, although not in large quantities up to need to be explored.


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