Indisch in Beeld

April 18, 2020
I’m hoping some descendants of the Renon or Broeksmit families or others from the photo who lived in the districts of Banjoemas and Bagelan (Poerwokerto, Tjilatjap, Poerworedjo) of The Nederlands East Indies NEI will recognise any faces in the wedding photo dated 23 November 1921 (no other details on photo).

The photo was given to the current owner, a Canfijn, by his great aunt (Oma) Margaretha Broeksmit/van Dijck-Canfijn (twice married). It is believed that the Groom is Emile Victorius Leonardus Renon born 1898, Dec 25 in Tjilatjap. All the owner remembers is that a ‘Victor’ Renon, whom he met in Merauke (Dutch Nieuw Guinea) after the war, had married the daughter of his adopted ‘Oma.’ He seems to remember there were a couple of daughters but that their mother was no longer alive. records the daughter as Nelly Christine Broeksmit. An old document which records ‘Inwoners’ in the Nederlands-Indies, shows that around 1923 an E V L Renon was an ‘Employee at Rouwenhorst Mulder in Tjilatjap.’ (I think this was an engineering-related company.)

A later record dated 1929, shows an E V L Renon was an ‘Employee of (unknown) living in Semarang followed, in brackets, by the wife’s name (N Ch Broeksmit)’. In the same type of document but 1932, E V L Renon is ‘Employee at an Oliefabrik Slamet in Karanggandoel, wife (N Ch Broeksmit). In 1938 it shows him as ‘Employee…..-Kroja, wife (N Ch Broeksmit). [Karanngdoel is a small place about 6 km from Poerwokerto in Central Java.][Kroja – unsure whether this is North of Soerabaja or Kroja Jakarta]

In the photo the woman directly to the right of the groom we believe to be the mother of the bride, Margaretha van Dijck-Canfijn (she remarried following a divorce from Jan Broeksmit).

There are many Renons recorded as having lived in the NEI but I haven’t established the family connections. It is the daughters of Victor Renon and Nelly Renon-Broeksmit who may have living descendants with some knowledge of their grandparents. However it is unknown what happened to Victor Renon and his children after Margaretha van Dijck-Canfijn and her charge went to the Netherlands in 1962.

It would be amazing if anyone else recognises any of the faces in the photos.

Bonita Boon

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5 reacties op Indisch in Beeld

  1. Cindy Rodermond-Snabilié zegt:

    Hi Bonita, The Renon-family are distant relatives from the Thomson-family. You can mail me if you like ( and/or you can look on You’ll find more names and pictures there.

  2. Mardi zegt:

    Setahu saya Kroya adalah sebuah kecamatan terletak di kabupaten cilacap

    • Hans Boers zegt:

      Voor de onbekenden met de Indonesische taal, hieronder de vertaling:

      “Voor zover mij bekend is Kroya een onderdistrict/streek gelegen in het district Cilacap”

  3. Anoniem zegt:

    Beste wensen,

    Ik weet een beetje dat er in Karanggadul Village een voormalige kokosoliefabriek (Oliefabriek Slamat) staat, het gebouw is nu in erbarmelijke staat. de locatie is dicht bij Karanggandul Station, terwijl ik in het zuiden van de voormalige Oliefabriek, op een inheemse openbare begraafplaats, 3 graven van Nederlandse burgers vond

    Ik vond ook gegevens over FRIEDERICH CARL DRESCHER, conservator van de afdeling Entomologie van het Zoologicum Bogoriense Museum, en de Oliefabriek Slamat van zijn zoon.

    Dank u

  4. Bonita Boon zegt:

    I 16/07/2022 Cindy Thankyou for your response. I looked through and saw the mention of Frederika Laurence Agatha Thomson and Richard Hermien Frans Curinus Renon and listing nine children, but I can’t establish a family connection based on the supposed marriage date (1921) of this Renon male to this possibly Nelly Christina Broeksmit. I’m led to believe they had two daughters who survived the war and revolution in Indonesia because the owner of the photo (Mr C Canfijn) remembers two daughters and their father (referred to as ‘Victor’) were living in West New Guinea when Dutch people went there in the 1960s.

    I also wonder whether E.V.L. ‘Renon’ was the son of E.M. Koster from a previous union before her marriage into the Renon clan. However I’ve not been able to verify this information. There are so many Renons in different parts of the former Netherlands East Indies that I don’t think they’re all shown in the genealogy website.

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