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Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on April 23, 2020 at 17:24

Charles Manwaring Pilliet and widow Adelaide Drysdale  Godwin ,

daughter of former consul Thomas Cochrane Drysdale , Charles and Adelaide  carried on a relationship for sometime , later in 1916 ,  Mr. Charles Pilliet ends up as consul .  Brit's misspelled Pilliet as Pillait on their records . Below are Dutch as well as British accounts of Pilliet . 

Dated February 22 , 1916

Consular service.
Bfl Government Decree has been approved
approved by the Consul General of
Great Britain and Ireland in Batavia
Dutch East Indies as Consular Agent in
Koepang has been appointed, Mr.
Charles Manwaring Pilliet.

 The New Hazell Annual and Almanack 1917 

 British Consular Officers Batavia 
Consul General WRD Beckett
 Vice Consul AJ Martin acting Samarang 
Vice Consul ET Campbell Sourabaya
 Vice Consul HHG Jackson Medan Sumatra 
Vice Consul AL Mathewson Padang Sumatra 
Vice Consul Stanley Price 
Koepang Timor Cons Agent C M Pilliat  <    [Charles M. Pilliet]
Sabang Sumatra Cons Agent WMM Campbell
 Mail transit 25 days


The New Hazell Annual and Almanack 1917

 page 505 ,

 google books

Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on August 30, 2019 at 22:46

Drijsdale , Thomas Coenraad , oud tweeenzeventig jaar, zonder beroep, geboren in soerakarta , wonende te 's--Gravenhage, gehuwdmet
: Turpijn ,Jean Minette,zoon van Drijsdale ,William en Claus,Frederika Catharina , beiden overleden...
De aangever weklaarde uit eigen wetenschap van het overlijlden kennis te dragen.
Waarvan akte overeenkomstig de wet is voorgelezen.
This is Dutch , it  Google-Translates to English as ;
Drysdale, Thomas Conrad,
 aged seventy-two,
 no profession,
born in Soerakarta, [ Surakarta,Indonesia ]
residing in  Gravenhage, [ The Hague, Netherlands ]
married to:
Turpijn, Jean Minette, 
son of
Drysdale, William 
and Claus,
Frederika Catharina,
both deceased ...
The declarant stated that he had knowledge of the deceased from his own knowledge.
Of which deed has been read in accordance with the law.

Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on July 30, 2019 at 22:31

Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on July 30, 2019 at 22:18


  •  06/22 / 15--11: 53: Indian in Image ,

Hereby a photo of my family in Batavia. 
I would like to know more about their lives there and about, and from, people they have experienced there. fltr: Dee Drysdale (background with glasses, great aunt of mine)), Thomas Drysdale (foreground in chair, great-grandfather), Rob Drysdale (uncle, boy in background next to aunt Dee), Peter Drysdale (uncle, next to Rob), Ben Drysdale ( great-uncle, in chair), Suze Drysdale-Turpijn (great-grandmother), Jane Mary Drysdale (my mother), unknown to me (with glasses .. who knows it may say) 
This photo was taken in Batavia, near the Theresiakerk / Theresiakerkweg… as far as I know. I don't know any professions, only that my grandfather Thomas Cochrane Drysdale(not on photo) worked at the Government House Service (and sergeant at the KNIL) and died on / at the Burma railway in 1943. 
Regards, Ben Franken .... William , I had been holding this one for a while , Theresiakerk / Theresiakerkweg Translates to Theresia church / Theresia church road , KNIL is  Koninklijk Nederlandsch-Indisch Leger (Royal Dutch-East Indies Army), the Thomas Cochrane Drysdale(not on photo) above is here  . 

Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on July 7, 2019 at 19:19


3 pages below are sourced from above .pdf

Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on July 7, 2019 at 18:21

ship Willem Ruys, known to many of us as the Achille Lauro ........hijacked on October 7, 1985, when the Italian MS Achille Lauro was hijacked by four men representing the Palestine Liberation Front off the coast of Egypt, as she was sailing from Alexandria to Ashdod, Israel.

Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on July 7, 2019 at 18:02

passengers repatriation lists , ship Willim Ruys ,
J. Drysdale [male] and J.M. Drysdale [female] .

Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on July 7, 2019 at 17:55

passengers repatriation lists , ship Willim Ruys ,
Th.C.Drijsdale and wife Drijsdale - Turpijn .

Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on July 7, 2019 at 17:46

On right , Jane Drysdale and Daughter Irene , the lady left and center , I haven't figured out yet. When I get the fullness of names , I will post it above in the Album Koepang-Timor . 

Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on June 15, 2019 at 21:20

Mr Murray. An interesting Scot was Drysdale. Ex Navy, he’d been booted for alleged pro Irish sympathies and found his way to Portuguese Timor, where he became a beeswax trader, moved to Dutch Timor and seemingly rehabilitated, became the Hon.Brit Consul. He married a Dutch mestico woman, daughter of the Dutch Governor who’d resisted the Brit invasion. Perhaps a reader with time to spare could find out more about Drysdale’s alleged pro Irish sympathies in the Admiralty archives."

"some years since it was attacked and taken by a single boat’s crew belonging to a British man-of-war, who spiked all their guns ; since which time the Dutch inhabitants have not entertained any very friendly feeling towards the English, although, strange to say, to a

Scotchman they will evince the kindest attention…This Club was established almost entirely through the instrumentality of Mr. Drysdale, a Scotch merchant, and one of the oldest inhabitants of Koepang, who spared neither trouble nor expense in carrying out his object." 

Source below .

Mrs. Drysdale died at the Dutch island of Koepang on March IS aged 77 years. She was the last of the Hazaarts, whose grandfather was the first Governor of Timor, in the good old days when might was right and when slavery was at its height and he held autocratic powers. In the early eighties Koepang experienced many vicisitudes; In 1813 or thereabouts an English warship entered the port and demanded the archives and the surrender of the town. Hazaart refused, and as a result the town was stormed and sacked. 

Source below

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