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A relict of colonial times is the Dutch Cemetery. The tombs are falling apart and overgrown with weeds. There must be decendants of those buried here living in the Netherlands or elsewhere ? are they aware of the neglect of the cemetery?
The weeds around one tomb had recently been cleared when we visited, the tomb of Th. F. Drysdale, Koopman en Consul van Portugal te Koepang' (Merchant and Consul of Portugal at Kupang), who was born in Edinburg, Scotland, on 17 March 1817 and died in Kupang on 26 June 1890. This tomb stands right at the entrance to the cemetery.
Some other family names that we recorded: Tielman, Tuinenburg, Hoogkamer, Maler, Pessy, Huppe, Latoemalea. And there is the well preserved marble plate of Aarjen Metzelaar, born 15 Sept 1886, died 20 Oct 1887.
The grounds of the cemetery merge seamlessly with the modern cemetery on its eastern border. In fact a few new graves lie among the old tombs.
Directions: On Jalan Pahlawan, the exit road to the west, past the old harbour and the former Dutch fort Concordia (now an army garrison).
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