500th Anniversary of Portuguese Landing in Malacca 1511

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The 500th Anniversary of the Portuguese Landing at Malacca will be celebrated at the Sunday lunch on 14 August .

The menu will strictly be Portuguese dishes with main meals at the usual $6.00 and cakes will be sold as normal.

The entertainment will be based on Portuguese music and dance with a DVD from Malacca depicting the various Portuguese folk dances. It will commence at 11 am and end at 2pm as normal.

Traditional dress is optional on that day.


Found the following at http://www.tseatc.com/smf/index.php?topic=281.0 Notice my wife Ann’s ancestor mentioned herein.

 The following excerpts from Barros‘ Deoadas da Asia deal with Lopes de Sequieraτs brief stopovers in Sumatra, en route to Malacca, the first recorded Portuguese visit to what is now Indonesia.
Joao de Barros
Decada II, Livro IV, Capitulos iii and iv
Concerning the voyage which Diogo Lopes de Sequiera made after departing this kingdom in 1508
Following his departure from Cochij [Cochin] on the eighth of September [1509], Diogo Lopes called next at the port of Pedir [Pidie]“, capital city of the kingdom of that name and one of many kingdoms on the island of Samatra [Sumatra], some of which we will describe later.1 He found in this port [of Pedir] five junoos [junks], which are naos2 or heavy cargo ships, but because they flew the flags of Bengalla and Pegu,3 two kingdoms with which Portugal is at peace, they were not attacked. Upon learning of the arrival of the [Portuguese], the King [of Pedir] sent refreshments aboard but excused himself for not coming personally because he was indisposed; yet his words showed that he was pleased to receive news about the King of Portugal, with whom he desired peace and friendship. Diogo Lopes, to show his appreciation, promised to set up a padraoy such as the Portuguese are accustomed to use for such discoveries.4 And later when he was received in the same manner in Pacem [Pasai], some twenty leagues further along the coast of the island, another padrao was erected there, signifying that both these kings were held in friendship [by Portugal].

The King of Pedir offered [Diogo Lopes] a cargo of pepper, of which great quantities were harvested there and shipped to many places, but he did not accept because [loading] it would cause a delay. Diogo Lopes feared that during the onward voyage his fleet would be sighted by other junks, like those in the harbor, which come to load the merchandise available there, and that news [of his coming] might be carried to Malaca. Both these ports, Pedir and Pacem, are much frequented by trading ships, as is the case with all the kingdoms of Sumatra. Diogo Lopes was in a great hurry because he wanted to be the first to inform Malaca of his coming; yet, when he arrived, Malaca was already expecting him.