Margaret Leidelmeijer, The dissemination of technology from West Sumatra to South Africa (Delft 2017)

Margaret Leidelmeijer, The dissemination of technology from West Sumatra to South Africa. (Delft 2017) Research report commissioned by the Cultural Heritage Agency for the Ombilin Coal Mining Heritage of Sawahlunto Dossier

Introduction

The exploitation of the Ombilin coal mines in Sawahlunto saw not only the construction of mines, but also enhanced railway lines and a harbour within an interconnected technological system. The execution of such a large scale project required a large work force, with workers originating from all parts of the Netherlands, the East Indies and even beyond the boundaries. As the pit coal mines were located in a barren area, an urban planning scheme had to be established. This project has since been recognized as unique and, as a result, the Ombilin Coal Mining Heritage of Sawahlunto has been nominated by the Government of the Republic of Indonesia as a UNESCO Cultural Heritage site. In support of the consideration of this project for the nomination, it is important to highlight its global impact. In this paper I will discuss the technology and processes involved in the dissemination of technology from West Sumatra to South Africa.

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Bron Photo: KITLV - 37421 - Demmeni, J. - Tulp, De - Haarlem - The Ombilin coal mines in Sawahlunto - 1911. Created: 1 January 1911