oa South African Journal of Cultural History - Zuid-Afrikaanse bezoekers aan reisbescrijvingen van indonesië

Volume 12, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1011-3053



In 1912 C. Louis Leipoldt voyaged to the Dutch East Indies, now Indonesia, where his father had been a missionary. On this voyage he kept a diary, wrote 18 poems and published a travelogue, Uit my Oosterse dagboek, in the foreword to which he mentions that he is omitting two controversial chapters. The Dutch-born journalist G. Seubring toured through the East Indies in 1939-1940 and published an account of his travels, Die gordel van smarag, in Pretoria in 1945. After 1994 South African interest in Indonesia and in Leipoldt's voyage to the East revived. In particular, J.C. Kannemeyer and the author Elsa Joubert have shown considerable interest in Leipoldt's contact with the East. Joubert toured Java and Bali in 1995 and traced Leipoldt's 1912 route. She subsequently published Gordel van smarag. 'n reis met Leipoldt (1997), in which she dwells i.a. on Leipoldt's omitted chapters. She found four in the Leipoldt papers. Three of these would have been controversial in 1932. Joubert deplores the fact that Leipoldt did not publish these chapters, but the author considers her reproaches unreasonable.

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