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Includes southern Borneo. (For the former British North Borneo, see Malaysia).

Indonesia was formerly known as the Dutch East Indies, and was generally under Dutch control.

However the East India Company had some involvement as Bencoolen on the southside of the island of Sumatra, was occupied by the East India Company from 1685 to 1825, when it was exchanged with the Dutch for Malacca which was more strategically useful.

In 1811, the island of Java was captured by the Madras Army of the East india Company, see Java Expedition and Sir Stamford Raffles was appointed as the island's Governor. In 1814, Java was returned to the Dutch under the terms of the Treaty of Paris.

Also see

FIBIS resources


  • See General Register Office for general sources which may be relevant.
  • BACSA publication Java: British and Empire Graves (1743-1975) by Justin Corfield, 1999. MIs including World War II.
188pp, 70 illustrations and plans ISBN 0 907799 61 2. Available at the British Library.
For details including purchase, see BACSA Books - select Cemetery Record Books.
BACSA have put indexes to the majority of their cemetery books online and these indexes are free to search and browse, see the BACSA Fibiwiki page. If an indexed name is of interest then application can be made to BACSA for details of the relevant burial inscription - charges apply for this service.
Justin Corfield’s book incorporates some of, perhaps the British burial entries of, three of the four volumes of the book by P.C. Bloys van Treslong Prins, Genealogische en heraldische gedenkwaardigheden betreffende Europeanen op Java, [Genealogical and heraldic memorabilia relating to Europeans in Java] published 1934-1939, but not Volume 4, published in Batavia in 1939 and not widely available due to WW2. Volume 4 appears to be available at the British Library (note the BL appears to be missing Volume 3), and Volume 4 is also included, together with the first three volumes, in the DVD mentioned below (Dutch language)
  • The FamilySearch catalogue of microfilms/digitised microfilms includes the following
    • "Genealogische en heraldische gedenkwaardigheden betreffende Europeanen op Java" (stated to be "Genealogical and heraldic information transcribed from gravestones in European cemeteries in Java") catalogue entry Volumes 1-3 of the book by P. C. Bloys van Treslong Prins, mentioned above.
    • "Extracts from St. Andrew's Outlook, quarterly messenger of the Presbyterian Churches in Malaya, Sumatra, Burma and Siam : marriages and deaths, March 1914 - July 1951" catalogue entry film 87992.
See the Fibiwiki page FamilySearch Centres for information about microfilms and digitized microfilms.
  • For online editions of the publication The Directory & Chronicle for China, Japan, Corea, Indo-China, Straits Settlements, Malay States, Siam, Netherlands India, Borneo, the Philippines, &c, and similar publications, which may contain birth, marriage and death notices, see the Fibiwiki page China.
  • British & Indian Armies in the East Indies (1685-1935) by Alan Harfield 1984 is available at the British Library. History of British and Indian Armies in Sumatra, Java, Sarawak, Malaya and Singapore from 1685-1935. Includes names of officers and men buried in these areas. Also includes name lists of persons in some military units which served in these areas.
  • Dutch Indies Genealogical Association sells publications, including a DVD of records from multiple sources including all four volumes of the book by Bloys van Treslong Prins, refer above. Both the DVD and webpage are in Dutch. English translation of the webpage, using Google Translate, which however, contains inaccuracies.

External links

See Historical books online, below.


Note: this map contains insets including A plan of the city of Batavia (bottom corner, towards the left) and A plan of the city of Bantam (top left hand corner) both of which can be enlarged considerably.

Historical books online

Alexander Dalrymple’s Treaties with Sulu in Malay and Tausug 05 June 2014 British Library Asian and African studies blog.
Images from the book New York Public Library Digital Collection.
Come to Java: Information for Travellers, with two maps. Trips in the isle of Java… Official Tourist Bureau 1920. South East Asia Visions, Cornell University.


  1. Full title ‪The General Biographical Dictionary: Containing an Historical and Critical Account of the Lives and Writings of the Most Eminent Persons in Every Nation‬: ‪Particulary the British and Irish; from the Earliest Accounts to the Present Time‬, Volume 11