MUSEUM PERJUANGAN RAKYAT JAMBI

Statue of the renowned Jambi ruler who led a long term resistance against Dutch domination: Sultan Thaha Syaifuddin.

Statue of the renowned Jambi ruler who led a long term resistance against Dutch domination: Sultan Thaha Syaifuddin.

In the center of the City of Jambi there is a war museum that very well illustrates the struggle the Jambi Province had in the nations efforts for independence from Dutch colonialism.

If you are in the city, and you want to get a quick overview of the history, this is the location to go (it only costs 10 cents US to enter). The satellite location of this museum can be found with this link.

One of the many colorful murals found in the museum. This one depicts Sultan Thaha purchasing arms, his opposition to the Dutch, and finally his death.

One of the many colorful murals found in the museum. This one depicts Sultan Thaha purchasing arms, his opposition to the Dutch, and finally his death.

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We made the below video which shows the various weapons Jambi soldiers used.

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Below is the video we made of the various murals that can be seen about the museum.

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The Bedug

Bedug at "Mesjid Agung." The largest mosque in the city of Jambi.

Bedug at “Mesjid Agung.” The largest mosque in the City of Jambi.

At the we noticed a very large drum in the entry way, and it led us to investigate this drum’s origin and uses. We discovered that prior to this modern era, with electrical Public Address Systems, Indonesian mosques used a bedug to indicate the times for prayer. Most believe that the bedug came from India and China. The instrument can still be seen today in China, Korea and Japan, positioned at temples to be used for their religious rituals.

The bedug can still be seen today in many mosques in Indonesia. This is a link to bedug photos.

Below is a video we made of the bedug.

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Catalina Airplane

Catalina RI 005: Plane used to assist Indonesia during its struggle for Independence.

Catalina RI 005: Plane used to assist Indonesia during its struggle for Independence.

In front of the Jambi War Museum you will notice an airplane (replica) that was used during Indonesia’s war of independence from Dutch colonial rule. The name of the aircraft was “Catalina RI 005.”

The aircraft was originally leased by the former Jambi Defense Council from a RAAF pilot (Royal Australian Air Force) named Richard (or Ralph) Cobley. The plane was used in the struggle to defend and protect the interests of the Republic of Indonesia.

The plane’s task was to transport clothes, food, weapons, and military equipment. The reference at the bottom of this post indicates that the plane was used to transport opium which provided the funds necessary to purchase weapons.

On a flight in November 1948 the plane became stranded in Jambi because of mechanical problems with one of the engines. They were waiting for parts to arrive from Singapore to fix the engine, but due to advancing Dutch troops the plane attempted a single engine takeoff but crashed on 29 December 1948 near the village of Sijinjang Batanghari River.

Below is a video we made of various views of “Catalina RI 005.”

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Source for the below information: Royal Canadian Air Force

“9711”   Ordered as a Catalina, equivalent to PBY-5.  Transferred to RAF before completion, to repay loan of RAF Catalinas to RCAF in early 1941.  Never carried RCAF serial, never operated by RCAF.  Delivered new to Australia, as RAF Catalina GR. IIA, serial number VA711.  Received RAAF serial A24-26 on arrival on 14 April 1942.  To No. 11 Squadron, RAAF on 18 May 1942.  To No. 3 OUT, RAAF on 15 September 1943.  To Australian civil registry post war, as VH-BDP. First sold to N.R. Carpenter Pty Ltd., later to J.Botterill & Fraser of Melbourne.  Next sold to An American pilot named Tucker, than on 24 May 1948 to Richard Conway Aviation Co.  To Indonesian Airways, operated in support of rebel forces, their serial RI-005.  Allegedly used to transport opium, to fund the Indonesian rebellion.  Stranded in Jambi River in November 1948 on one of these flights, with engine problems.  Attempted single engine takeoff from here on 29 December 1948 to escape approaching Dutch troops, crashed and sank.  Crew reported to include British citizens.  Wreckage recovered in several steps, in August 1949 and in 1991.  May be restored for local museum.

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