2004. Active; focal plane 90 m (295 ft); white flash every 4.5 s. 30 m (98 ft) square skeletal tower with gallery, painted white. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located at the southeastern tip of Pulau Kisar, an island about 30 km (19 mi) north of the eastern tip of Timor. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty K1373.2.
On Saturday, November 16, 2013 6:39 AM, Roger Balister wrote:
OK, many thanks for the information. We are amending the Directory listing for OC-272 to include Kisar Island and deleting it from OC-246.
Please let me know the exact dates of your operation when they are firm. As with your operation from OC-275, we will need validation material including evidence of presence on Kisar Island.
Wishing you all best wishes for the success of your operation. Roger Roger Balister, G3KMA RSGB IOTA Manager
1665 the Dutch VOC built a military base and named the island after the Kisar word for white sand. From the European outpost on Kisar a relatively large Indo Eurasian community developed named the ‘Mestizo from Kisar’ to this day their descendants live as Rajas and chiefs on Kisar. Surviving family names include: Joostenz, Wouthuysen, Caffin, Lerrick, Peelman, Lander, Ruff, Bellmin-Belder, Coenradi, van Delsen, Schilling and Bakker.
In 1795 Kisar was under English rule, in 1803 it was under Dutch/French rule and in 1810 again under English rule. 1817 Kisar was returned to the Dutch until the outpost was abandoned in 1819. After that time Kisar upheld close ties with their Portuguese, Topasses and Timorese neighbours on Timor.
After WWII and Indonesia’s independence the island was temporarily considered part of the segregated RMS, but ultimately became part of the unitary Indonesian state.
The current and 12th Raja (king) of Kisar, Johannes J. Bakker, succeeded his father Raja Hairmere Philipus Zacharias Bakker. The first Raja Cornelis Bakker, who also ruled Wetar, Roma and Leti island via his brothers, was crowned ca. 1665.
Nowadays the Raja is respected as a traditional dignitary, but has no political power. The present Raja is well educated and for 5 years worked as a government official in nearby East-Timor, when part of Indonesia. There he met his wife Maria Antonette Ribeiru.
In 1928 the German Professor E.Rodenwaldt published his study “Die Mestizen auf Kisar”, “Mikroskopische Beobachtungen an den Haaren der Kisaresen und Kisarbastarde”. His work is published in two German language volumes, one volume details measurements and photographs of the observed Mestizos. It contains a family tree showing the very complicated inter-marriages between the descendants of Mestizo families, as well as indicating skin, eye, and hair colour heredity. The study shows a unique natural experiment spanning over two centuries and is considered an essential academic work in the area of human heredity.
Southwest Maluku , before the 1823 , precisely at the time of the Dutch East Indies by the name Onderafdeeling Zuit Eilanden Wester is part of the Residency of Timor , located in Ilwaki , Wetar Island . Its territory covers Kisar Island , Wetar , Lirang , Romang , Damer , Leti , Moa , Lakor , Luang and Sermatang Island .
In 1896 , the position Onderafdeeling Zuid Eilandon Wester moved from Ilwaki to Serwaru , Leti Island . Later in 1912 , moved again to Wonreli , Kisar Island , right on the leadership Luitnan Gesegheber BH Trestege .
The breakdown in relations with the residency Timor occurred in 1925 , when Onderafdeeling Zuid Wester Eilandon transferred to Resident Maluku ( Residentie Molukken ) . Diversion , followed by changes Onderafdeeling Zuit Wester Eilanden to Assistant district officer , who ruled in 1928 beneath an Assistant Bestuurs power Plaatselyke Bestuur van Hoof ( HPB ) in Wonreli . In 1947 , then made Onderafdeeling own .
Most of the islands are mountainous, some with active volcanoes, and enjoy a wet climate. The vegetation of the small and narrow islands, encompassed by the sea, is very luxuriant; including rainforests, sago, rice and the famous spices—nutmeg, mace and cloves, among others. Though originally Melanesian, many island populations, especially in the Banda Islands, were killed off in the 17th century during the Spice Wars. A second influx of Austronesian immigrants began in the early twentieth century under the Dutch and continues in the Indonesian era.
The Maluku Islands formed a single province since Indonesian independence until 1999, when it was split into two provinces. A new province, North Maluku, incorporates the area betweenMorotai and Sula, with the arc of islands from Buru and Seram to Wetar remaining within the existing Maluku Province. North Maluku is predominantly Muslim and its capital is Ternate. Maluku province has a larger Christian population and its capital is Ambon.
“Spice Islands” most commonly refers to the Maluku Islands and often also to the small volcanic Banda Islands, once the only source of mace and nutmeg. This nickname should not be confused with Grenada, which is commonly known as the “Island of Spice”. The term has also been used less commonly in reference to other islands known for their spice production, notably the Zanzibar Archipelago.