Albert Willem Azon
Jacometti (*1857) and
Henriette Elisabeth Wilhelmina van Hulstijn (*1865)
Albert was born in 1857 in Batavia. With his parents he lived at the "Koningsplein". His father was with a few brothers active in trade, they had established several companies. In 1864, all companies were resolved and the family had to sell the stately house on the Koningsplein. Albert must have continued school in Batavia.
After having completed his schools, he went to The Netherlands to study law at Leiden University.
Surprisingly, he is nominated as barrister at the High Court van Nederlandsch Indië in Batavia already in January 1881. He must have taken a ship immediately to return to Nederlandsch Indië early 1881. Did he take up his job right away?
In October, however, he seems to have left his job in Batavia and is nominated as barrister at the council of justice in Surabaya. But two weeks later, all is changed back (Batav. Hbld 18811129). Was there a mix-up in the Civil Department?
As of that time, there are regularly items in the newspaper about cases in Batavia in which Mr. A. W. Jacometti defends the accused. This and further information has been derived from newspapers (see clippings).
Henriette was born in Batavia in 1865. Her father just had become superintendant at the Nederlans-Indische Stoomboot Maatschappy (NISM), after several years of having been captain on the mail and passenger steamship Oenarang. He now organised shipping in the archipelago as well as to Europe. Henriette was the last of the children born.
Henriette's mother, Johanna Kroeger, is the daughter of an inland lady. Henriette had malayan looks with hair "zo zwart als mijn laars" (black as my boot, as was the saying of Jakob Poutsma, the brother of one of Henriette's daughters in law); she had "deep black hair and yellow teeth" (memories of grandson HNAJ).
Albert and Henriette marry on 28-12-1882 in Batavia (Henriette is 17 years of age). A description of the scene of their lives can be found in Batavia in the 19th century.
Albert buys a house at Kebon Sirie, previously owned by Mr. Filz. Later, the house is sold to his later companion, Mr. R.Tj. Mees. The photo is from 1893, when Mr Mees lives there. Albert and Henriette by then have moved on to the Koningsplein.
Children in Batavia: 14-11-1883 Albert Willem AJ, 1885 Henrietta Maria J, 04-09-1886 Johannes Josephus AJ, 17-11-1891 Hendrik Nicolaas AJ.
Notes on the children:
What did they experience in Batavia of the rumblings and earth tremors due to the volcano Krakatoa between May and August 1883? And especially, how did they react during the gigantic Krakatoa eruption of 27 August that year? Henriette was then over 6 months pregnant of her first child.
Albert Jacometti had diverse activities,
not all related with his profession,
as can be gleened from the over 50 newspaper clippings
In 1887, Henriette's mother, Johanna Kroeger, sold
to Albert Jacometti and Mr. Mees.
In April 1889, "Jacometti with wife and 3 children"
leave on a ship in the direction of Singapore.
Are this Albert and Henriette?
The family must have gone to The Netherlands.
Albert is, in the meantime, back in Batavia,
but leaves Batavia again April 1890.
Henriette and children stayed there for a good part of 1890.
The ship "Sumatra" is announced to leave
Amsterdam in November 1890 destined for Batavia;
Henriette with 3 children will
in Genua (Italy) to go home.
These children must have been Albert Willem, Henrietta Maria, and Johannes.
In March 1891, he takes stock in a company to exploit
(Bataviaasch Nieuwsblad 18910318).
His son in law is one of the directors.
The total stock amounts to f 300.000,
Albert invests f 3000.
In 1893, a large exhibition was organised to take place in Batavia
Albert is the secretary of the executive committee.
This must have been a large project next to his official work.
The exhibition has lots of activities.
Ultimatly he presents, in a newspaper announcement,
the financial outcome of the affair.
There is a small surplus, which is to be distributed to
organisations for the needy.
In May 1894, Albert's father A. Jacometti, who lived also at the Koningsplein, dies. Albert takes care of the settlement of the estate.
In 1897 he resigns from his function at the High Court in Batavia (see Java Bode 18970622).
To The Netherlands
What was the reason Albert and Henriette left Nederlandsch Indië (both having been born and bred there)? Did he sense that a crisis in the economy was looming (see Jong, p.349)? Did he get out "in time"? The non-european population had been growing in numbers and especially those depending on the activities of the dutch had become poorer. Social unrest was growing.
Thus the entire family moved to The Netherlands and lived in Amsterdam at the Heerengracht. At ground level there were offices, the living quarters were above [information from EvD]. But they soon moved to Bloemendaal, the scenic suburb of Haarlem at the foot of the dunes and with very good living conditions (see Jacometti house).
Albert kept an office in Amsterdam, with telephone:
(the entry is from a directory of 1915).
Soon after arrival in Amsterdam Albert is,
in newspapers in the Dutch Indies of 1897 and 1898,
mentioned as (indeed) "Mr. A.W. Jacometti in Amsterdam".
He is involved in (at least) four companies. These are briefly described.
- The third is a rather general company, erected in 1899 (Locom. 18990116) in Amsterdam, the "Algemene Handel en Cultuurmaatschappij", that is devoted to advancement of the agricultural production companies as well as to trade in the widest sense. There are two members of the board, Mr. Th.A. Ruys (Albert's brother in law) and E.H. Winkelman; Mr. A. W. Jacometti at Amsterdam will represent the company in Europe.
- The fourth is the Java Tea Culture Company, established in 1910 in Amsterdam, a joint venture of several investors; Albert is one of the two directors. It comprises 3 plantations in the Preanger, near Bandoeng, and 4 plantations in Pasoeroean near Loemadjang (East Java).
By the turn of the century, numerous clubs to promote fitness sprang up in The Netherlands. They were sport clubs, but also clubs for shooting.
Inspecting the photo where Henriette is present, it becomes clear that Albert was shorter than Henriette. And Henriette must have been a quite conspicuous lady!
At some point, Albert and Henriette moved to Bloemendaal, to the "De Genestetweg", near the dunes. There son Hendrik met his future wife, Cornelia Poutsma (see Bloemendaal house).
In 1911, Albert was in Batavia. This must have been a business visit.
Albert stays engaged in investment. Between 1914 and 1923 there are regular announcements of pay-outs of the "Hollandsche Grondkredietbank" (Dutch land credit bank). He is one of the directors (see Utrechts Nieuwsblad: 19140506).
In October 1919, Albert and Henriette left Amsterdam for a trip
to Nederlandsch Indië.
Did they go to visit their son Johannes and wife Marianne van Dijk?
Marianne would soon give birth to her first child, in May 1920.
Johannes, as "planter", lived in Goenoeng Besser,
Soekaboemi, Preanger, on the plantation Albert had invested in.
Henriette continued to live in Bloemendaal.
Grandson Henkie Jacometti remembers, that she regularly ate ginger
and had lots of the green stoneware pots the ginger came in.
Back to the genealogy of AJHvH.
EvD = Evelien van Ditmarsch, 2013-2014, private communication.
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