Kisar Island

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Kisar Island

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Kisar Island

Kisar Island Kisar 20.000

South Maluku, Kisar Island northeast of Timor Island, 19 villages; Roma Island, Hila and Likagraha (Solath) villages; Wetar Island, Amau, Naumatan, Hi’ai; Ambon City, Dili, and Kupang. Alternate names: Meher, Yotowawa. Dialects: Not related to Oirata [oia], which has sometimes been called a dialect.

Oirata 1.220 Christian

southeast Kisar Island, east and west Oirata. 2 villages; Ambon City. Alternate names: Maaro. Dialects: Not related to other languages on Oirata or to central Maluku languages. Not closely related to languages in East Timor.

Kisar and its neighbor, Wetar, are two of Indonesia`s 92 outlying islands, bordering Timor Leste and Australia.

Therefore, Indonesian Navy spokesman Commodore Bambang Susanto said recently the Navy would continue to safeguard the country`s two southernmost islands.

According to Bambang, protection of the two islands was part of the Indonesian Navy`s consistency in maintaining the territorial integrity of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI).

He said Kisar and Wetar were the country`s outermost islands in Maluku which was being given special attention by the government, the Navy in particular.

It is for this reason that a lighthouse has been erected at Cape Loronwisi near Oirata village in the southeastern part of Kisar island.

Kisar at present is within easy reach from other parts of Maluku, including Ambon, East Nusatenggara provincial city of Kupang, and even Surabaya in East Java.

There are three regular passenger ships alternately calling at Kisar island once every fortnight.

Kisar is now a regular port of call for three passenger ships, namely the MV Maloli, MV Wetar, and MV Pangrano from Ambon so Kisar people can easily make trips to Ambon, Kupang, Surabaya, or wherever they want to.

Continue reading at Outlying Kisar island no longer isolated | NowPublic News Coverage

History of Kisar

At the beginning of the 20th century, the population of 6000 is split up into a number of groups. The ´native´ population alone, is divided into the ´Marna´ (nobility), the ´Waharoe´ (farmers) and the ´Tribe´ (former slaves) in the ratio of 1 : 20 : 3. The Waharoe are most likely the real native inhabitants.

The island has been subject to several government and administration changes:

1665: VOC – province of Banda 1795: English 1803: successively Batavian Republic, Kingdom of Holland, French empire 1810: English 1817: successively Kingdom of the Netherlands – Maluku Government, Kingdom of the Netherlands – Residence of Amboina 1912: Kingdom of the Netherlands – Residence of Timor 1926: Kingdom of the Netherlands – Maluku Government

The history of the Mestees of Kisar After 1665 a varying number of soldiers are stationed on Kisar Island. The descendants of a number of these European soldiers and their Kisarese wifes, are called the Mestees of Kisar. The names of the Mestee families are Joostenz, Wouthuysen, Caffin, Lerrick, Peelman, Lander, Ruff, Bellmin-Belder, Coenradi, Van Delsen, Schilling and Bakker (the Bakker family actually descents from a Kisarese Rajah who’s descendants married Mestees).

When the description Mestee, meaning person of mixed race, is becoming less appropriate in the Dutch East-Indies because of modernising views, the word is still used with pride on Kisar Island, due to the island’s isolation. Because of this, Mestees often marry other Mestees.

The Mestees privileged position and reputation on the other hand deteriorate, this after the removal of the Dutch administration from the island in 1819. A soldier’s pay is replaced by a limited income from a small piece of farmland; eventually the Dutch language is no longer spoken nor understood. It takes until after 1918 before the Dutch government, after repeated requests, takes action and provides houses for the 10 remaining families in the capital of West Timor, Kupang, to enable their children to attend a European (Dutch) school.

The Lerrick family history

In the old documents kept in the Dutch East-Indies, it is written that the Lerrick family ancestor, corporal Hendrik Lerrick, retired in 1787. It is uncertain whether the name Lerrick is Dutch (and comes from the province of Friesland) or German. In the documents it can also be found that Hendrik Lerrick married a woman from the Marna (nobility) family.

His oldest son, Pieter Lerrick, became a soldier in 1775, corporal in 1794, officer in command on Kisar Island in 1803 and retired that same year, after obtaining a permit to remain on Kisar Island. About Hendrik Lerrick´s fourth and youngest son, Jacob Lerrick, the documents state that he became a soldier in 1789 at the age of 26 and died in 1808, the year his son became a soldier.

Only the oldest two sons of Hendrik Lerrick had male descendants. Pieter Lerrick married a Mestee girl, Lucas Lerrick married a ´native´ girl, which caused a light and a dark coloured family branch to emerge.

Many Lerrick girls remained single. Finding a Mestee husband was probably not all that easy for them.

In the beginning of the 20th century a number of Lerrick men have enlisted in the army, and ´occupy posts of confidence at an early age´. Others hold positions as officer in command of the armoured police in Timor, as clecks in government offices and have accuired jobs ´with trading companies in Soerabaja and Batavia´. These men are praised by their superiors ´for their zest for work´ and especially ´for their trustworthiness´, thus the author of ´The Mestees on Kisar´.


I think this one might be my new favourite approach (outside of the mountains). The airfield’s located on the north east tip of Kisar and is effected by sea breezes throughout the day. Luckily they’ve aligned the runway with the prevailing wind



Kisar Villagers


War Dance on Kisar





Oranges from Kisar Island


As someone who is very fond of fruit, then wherever go, I would find out there is what is typical of fruit there. Hopefully the fruit in season there when I arrived. I’m definitely looking for it. And when it can, then I would immediately feel the pleasure of eating the fruit. If necessary, until your heart’s content.

Likewise, when I was visiting the island berkesempakatan range is, an outer island Indonesia into the Southwest Maluku district, Maluku province, some time ago. Since the trip by boat from Kupang Pangrango Pelni KM, I find info if the range is typical of the island is the fruit of Citrus.

I could not believe that oranges can be grown on the island range is. Because the citrus fruit is usually grown in high datararan. Let’s say Berastagi orange, Pontianak orange, or orange from other regions in Indonesia. While the range is a small island and is formed from rocks. The air was too hot so is it true citrus trees can grow there. Moreover, it can be fruitful. Mmmm …

Island range is located in the southern province of Maluku, and very close to the state of Timor Leste. In fact, the state land Ramos Horta was still visible from one end of the island. According to the residents on this island, it only took half an hour by small boat to Timor Leste. Therefore, once the island range is a lot of crops that are marketed to the country marks the 33 provinces of Indonesia. One of them is orange.

Finally answered my question when I visited the only market in the island range is. Many mothers who sold oranges range is typical of the island there. The price is also relatively cheap, only $ 5,000 for four. If it can certainly buy a lot cheaper.

This form of grapefruit range is larger than most of the other orange. The color is mostly green or yellowish green. Similar forms of meat such as grapefruit. So is the taste that I think is also similar to grapefruit, not too sweet but not too sour. The water was too much and is so refreshing to eat when it is hot.

Finally, I also bring the orange range is as souvenirs to Jakarta.

Sorry, I did not get to share it with you. However, I will share photographs of this range is orange to you all. Here are the pictures that I managed to snap ….

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