Yet another old photograph from my husbands family collection. This one is taken in the Dutch East Indies around 1917 and is of his Great Great Grandparents Dr. and Mrs Kalangi (seated central couple) and their family and friends. His Great Grandparents W.N.G. & H.J.C. De Water are the couple on the far right of the photograph. The couple next to them are Mr and Mrs Joseph Sahelangi, the wife is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Kalangi as well.
I started this post a while ago and was going to finally finish and post it yesterday however our four grandchildren came over and I got sidetracked. Our grandchildren range in age now from six down to one; they are so full of life (each of them lights up a room when they enter it) and we feel extremely blessed to have them in our lives. After spending the afternoon researching this post, their arrival made this tragedy even more poignant for me and so I appreciated their company even more than usual and hugged them a bit tighter too! This morning I woke up to a cold, wet and windy Wagga day and the thought of three little girls out in August weather like this, in light weight dresses with no shoes or jumpers impacted on me even more. Those poor babies! One of the girls was found still clasping her doll that she had carried with her over the whole tragic journey. When my husband and I were looking around the Wagga Wagga Monumental Cemetery some time ago we came across a very sad he
Hi my name is Fen,ReplyDelete
Im so shocked to see this photo...
It is of my great-great-great grandmother and father also. Willem Kalangi also known as Dr Djawa. I have this very photo also.... Im based in uk but i visit and clean their graves in MinaEse every year if i can make it. My Oma is also burried there next to them and her parents (suzanna Kalangi and Micheal mogot who is the gentleman stood in the very centre in darker shade shirt) and their child is the baby sat in the very middle of the photo whom is my great grandparent. I live in the cotswold area of uk with her daughter my grandmother and my mother Suzanne. We all have the name Maria in our family if you are a girl as this is the name passed down from woman to woman from the great Kalangi era. I have many photos of the village we descend from called Remboken and the graves i visited last year. I will go again in 2 weeks time to clean the graves which is traditionally done at christmas time. I know my oma kept me close to it all because she knew i yearned to know who i am but i am still shocked that the very photo from my wall is on the internet... Wow.... Please feel free to contact my email email@example.com yours Fen Mogot
I think your husbands greatgreat grandma was called Tante Hel (short for Helena maybe?) her older sister was my great great oma called Tante Suus. (Short for Susanah) their mum was Andreia Kalangi of Portuguese descent and their father Willem Kalangi.ReplyDelete
I can account for 6 of the 7 sisters and i know there were 3 brothers from Oma Andreia and Opa Kalangi. And im interested to know how you ended up in Australia after the war... If it is anything like what my Oma told me its a hard sad story. There is also family in Jakarta and some in Manado capital but very few in Minahasa area that i know of. The Mogot family is still in Minahasa and the graves upkept mostly by myself now my Oma passed. There is also family in holland and im sure there are more out there. The "great house" no longer exsists but you can see it (painted white staircase to the veranda) it was pulled down before the japanese occupation to prevent it being used as a miltary base. Kalangi were proud lot and as my Oma used to say they were well educated and Dr Opa kalangi proves that. He graduated from Jawa at Stovia class of 1889. (Then batavia)ReplyDelete
These are my distant relatives too,my mother is the daughter of mr and mrs de water.xReplyDelete