Seri Melaka, built by the Dutch, was the official
residence and office of the Dutch Governor of Melaka when the Dutch
ruled Melaka during the 17th century. It is located on top of St.
Paul's Hill, next to the ruins of St. Paul's Church. During the
period of British rule the building continued to serve as the residence
and office of the British governor of Melaka. After Malaya became
independent, the venerable old building added another feather to
its cap by becoming the first residence of the first governor of
Melaka. It remained so until a new official residence and office
complex befitting the office of 'Governor of Melaka' was completed
at Ayer Keroh in September 1996. The location of the old residence
and its limited space was inadequate to meet the demands of the
office in a fast developing Melaka State.
The site of the old residence of the Governor of
Melaka is believed to be the site where the original palace of the
Melaka Malay Sultanate stood. According to references in the 'Hikayat
Munshi Abdullah', the palace of the Malay Sultan was known as 'Rumah
After independence the residence of the governor
was officially referred to as 'Seri Melaka'. The title of 'Governor'
was officially changed to the Malay term of 'Tuan Yang Terutama
Yang di-Pertua Negeri.
Governors of Melaka who have stayed in the old
Seri Melaka since independence are as follows:
- Tun Leong Yew Koh (31 August 1957 - 30 August 1959)
- Tun Hj. Abd. Malek bin Yusof (31 August 1959 - 30 August 1971)
- Tun Hj. Abd. Aziz bin Hj. Abd. Majid ( 31 August 1971 - 18
- Tun Syed Zahiruddin bin Syed Hassan (19 May 1975 - 3 December
- Tun Datuk Seri Utama Syed Ahmad Al-Haj bin Syed Mahmud (4 December
1984 - September 1996)
To commemorate the important role that the office
of governor plays in the political, economical, social, political
and administrative life of the State, the Melaka State Government
has gazetted the old Seri Melaka as a historic building to be preserved
for posterity. In it is housed the official letter of appointment
and other documents, artifacts and exhibits as well as the personal
collections of past and present governors.