While I traveled through only a small part of Indonesia, I wondered how the family on my mother's side had lived there.
At home we did not speak much about the time in Indonesia and unfortunately by the time I wanted to know more about it, my mother died.
Luckily there a book about the 'Hovenkamp family' had been published and that book was given to me by the second wife of my grandfather Hovenkamp.
So when I got home from my trip, I picked up the book and looked at when my family left for Indonesia and what they did over there.
Everyone with the name Hovenkamp comes from the first Hovenkamp in 1802. The year that my family could use a last name, before that they were not sufficiently well to do so they only were called by their first name.
The first Hovenkamp to go to Indonesia went in 1870. There he was successively appointed as assistant teacher in Amboina, in 1871 as head teacher in Maros, 1873 in Bonthain, 1874 in Koepang, in 1876 in Tegal. In 1879 transferred to Batavia and Surabaya, followed by Melang in 1883.