Van Starkenborgh Stachouwer, Alidius Tjarda
|Birthname||Alidius Warmoldus Lambertus van Starkenborgh Stach|
|born on||7 March 1888 at 15:00 (= 3:00 PM )|
|Place||Groningen, Netherlands, 53n1208, 6e3309|
|Timezone||LMT m6e3309 (is local mean time)|
|Astrology data||17°30' 18°21 Asc. 19°21'|
Dutch nobleman and statesman, primarily noted for being the last colonial Governor-General of the Netherlands East Indies, now Indonesia. He was taken captive after accepting Japan's demands for an unconditional surrender of the islands on 9 March 1942.
While the Japanese offered him to stay at his home under house arrest and receive special treatment he refused. He was separated from his wife, Christine, and daughters, who were interned in a different POW camp. Later, he was transferred to the Manchurian camp at Hsien (now Liaoyuan), where he was held along with other prominent prisoners, including General Jonathan M. Wainwright, until the camp was liberated on 16 August 1945.
Jhr. van Starkenborgh returned to the Netherlands with his family, but declined a request from Queen Wilhelmina to serve as Governor-General, in that the Queen had pledged self-government to Indonesia in 1942. He resigned effective 16 October 1945. Instead, he became the Dutch Ambassador to France (1945–48) and was then the Dutch Representative to NATO (1950–56).
After his retirement he settled a long-standing argument on canal links with Belgium in negotiations during 1963–66. With Gerbrandy and Beel, he formed an advisory committee on the Greet Hofmans affair.
He died on 16 August 1978, aged 90, in Wassenaar, Netherlands.
- compare to chart of de Jonge, Bonifacius Cornelis (born 22 January 1875). Notes: van Starkenborgh succeeded de Jonge as GG
Sy Scholfield quotes birth certificate n° 360 in the online Groningen archives: "des namiddags te drie uur" (at three o'clock in the afternoon) .
- Passions : Criminal Victim : Concentration camp (POW camp)
- Vocation : Politics : Diplomat
- Vocation : Politics : Public office (Governor-General of the Netherlands East Indies)