maandag 7 januari 2008

The Past en the Present: Jakarta 1998

August 1998 the Donald Pesch family went on a trip to Indonesia to show the young generation their roots. In the archives of the museum Sejarah (Jakarta) we found the portraits of all the Vice Roys in the record office. Pity that there was not enough light in the building to make a photograph. Tidah apa, apa (No problem) and we were allowed to take the 223 years old painting outside. This is only possible in Indonesia!

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In the courtyard another surprise was waiting for us. To our great delight we saw in the center of the courtyard a sculpture with the arms of Jeremias van Riemsdijk. No doubt about it. See for yourself!

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On the old Dutch graveyard Tanah Abang now called Taman Prasasti you can still find the tombstones of the colonial times. It is quite an interesting place for Dutch people to visit. Here we found the now 226 year old tombstone of Jeremias van Riemsdijk. On the bottom of the stone you see number 22 of his cellar. With the big iron ring one could lift the stone to get entrance to the cellar. In the 18th century a temple-like building was built over this stone on the 'Hollandse begraafplaats'. It now lays in the open air, so erosion can do its devastating work. What a pity!

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Jakarta, Taman Prasasti, August 1998. In the centre of the picture the three male descendants of Jeremias van Riemsdijk, Joeri, Raul and Donald.

At the border of the Ciliwung river, deep in the south of Jakarta, we found the old Van Riemsdijk family graveyard that once was part of  the estate Tanjung Timur (Tandjoeng Oost or Groeneveld). It is now an Islamic burial place, but four graves of the family Van Riemsdijk were still in good condition (1996). In 1998 however we found one gravestone broken. The inscriptions of two stones were beautifully kept. In the Genealogy we can read on page 173 the following:

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What is written here above is what we found engraved in the two stones (see picture below). Nearly 128 years after Dina van Riemsdijk and Tjalling Ament were laid to rest here, we found their graves in perfect condition.
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August 1998. The new generation is confronted with their past.

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His gravestone and that of his wife, daughter Dina and her husband Tjalling Ament are still intact on the old family graveyard deep in the south of Jakarta near the ruin of the estate Groeneveld.

If you want more information about the past and the present, click the link 'Willem Vincent Helvetius van Riemsdijk' There you can see the pictures of the ruin of Tanjung Timur (Groeneveld).

2 opmerkingen:

Amsterdamn zei

Hello cousin,

My ancestor also includes a Van Riemsdijk, my parents having been born in Jakarta circa 1923, and moving to Holland in 1952. Thanks so much for the information, next time I'm in Jakarta, we'll stop in and pay our respects! Tot Ziens!

Amsterdamn zei

Hello cousin,

My ancestor also includes a Van Riemsdijk, my parents having been born in Jakarta circa 1923, and moving to Holland in 1952. Thanks so much for the information, next time I'm in Jakarta, we'll stop in and pay our respects! Tot Ziens!