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  • Ballander is a word used by the Buginese people of South Sulawesi Indonesia to refer to a Dutch person, I think it is a corruption of a Dutch word or phrase. It is also used by the Yolngu & other people of North East Arnhemland, Australia to mean a white person. The Bugis people sailed from Makassar South Sulawesi to Arnhemland for hundreds of years fishing for Trepang to sell to China.They stayed there for 6 months each year from November to April, until the Australian government stopped them in the early 1900"s. They left many other words there too.

    September 21, 2015

  • Half right. It's ballander in Yolngu-speaking coastline areas of Australia, belanda in Bugis- and Makassan-speaking areas of Sulawesi.

    September 22, 2015