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Ben Oostdam's Journal
of
Three Years (1954-1957)
in

T H A I L A N D

DATE(S) : October through December, 1954 LOCATION(S) : Bangkok, Thailand


Until the end of 1954, we spent most of our days, evenings and weekends at the Dutch Bank.
I worked in the Cashiers Department with Jaap Koster, Jan in the Letters of Credit with Henk Altink.
Every evening the two of us had to compare all the current account records of the Cashier (downstairs)
with those of the Bookkeeping (upstairs).
Soon we learned to read the amounts to each other in Chinese, so we could finish faster.


Jan and I in the usual
whites with tie.
Remember, no air-conditioning
in the Bank...

New Road
looking from front of the Bank to the right
not yet as busy as nowadays....

Jan being served a cold drink.
Behind him, the stairs to
Bookkeeping and Archives

There were four main groups of employees:


The Dutch Staff :

J.D. van Oenen
Manager
Kees van Dongen
Accountant

Jaap Koster
Cash
Henk Altink
Bills of Exchange
Wim Fleurbaay
Correspondence
& Bookkeeping


Ben Oostdam
Cash
Jan Hempenius
Letters of Credit
The Chinese Staff:

[A] the Compradore-
who worked on a
commission basis-

two or three
assistants

[B] the Cashier

one or two
assistants
The "In betweens":

[A] four Portuguese :

Gaan
Bookkeeping
Foyn
Foreign Exchange
Victal
Foreign Exchange
Da Silva
Bills of Exchange

[B] two "Indo's ":

Dijkstra
Correspondence
Fortuin
Archives
The Thai Staff:

several dozen
male and
female clerks

working under
the supervision
of the other
three groups


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