Tjarda van Starkenborgh Stachouwer

Jonkheer Alidius Warmoldus Lambertus van Tjarda Starkenborgh Stachouwer ( born March 7, 1888 in Groningen, † August 16 1978 in Wassenaar ) was a noble, Dutch statesman and the last colonial Governor-General of Dutch East Indies.


His parents were Edzard van Tjarda Starkenborgh Stachouwer, Royal Commissioner in the province of Groningen and Christine Jacoba Quintus. Van Stark Borg went to high school in Groningen and studied law at the university there. There he joined the Corps students Vindicat atque Polit on.

After studying briefly worked in a law firm, he decided to prepare for the diplomatic service, in which he recorded in 1915. By 1924, he went through the diplomatic ranks lower in Washington and Paris. In 1921 he was appointed general secretary of the Netherlands Delegation to the Naval Conference in Washington, 1922, he came to the office of the international conference on the Russian Trading in The Hague. 1924/25, he was at the Dutch embassy in Berlin and then succeeded his father as Royal Commissioner for Groningen. In this office he was a strong supporter for the water connection to the Zuiderzee one, organized the provincial school medical service, the academic hospital and the university, its curator, he was from 1928.

In September 1933 van Starkenborgh was appointed Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary at the Belgian and Luxembourg on the farm. On September 16, 1936 he was Governor-General of Dutch East Indies. During World War II he was captured by the Japanese, after he had accepted the unconditional surrender on 9 March 1942 and these islands had passed.

After his release from captivity, he returned to the Netherlands, where he because of political disagreements with the minister for the overseas parts of the territory, JHA Logemann, with of gratitude for the "important services which he proved his country under incomparably difficult circumstances " had, from was discharged the office.

Early in 1946 he was appointed ambassador to Paris, but sought after only two years after the dismissal order, which was granted on 1 December 1948. In 1950 he re-entered the service of the country and was Permanent Representative of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the North Atlantic Council in London and managed from March 1952 to mid-1956, the Dutch diplomatic mission to NATO in Paris. During this time he was much involved in the preparations for the establishment of a European Political Community. On June 28, 1956, he was appointed Minister of State.

After he retired from the diplomatic service back, settled in Wassenaar and still active as Chairman of the Carnegie Foundation. In 1960 he took a renewed appeal by the government, and became head of the delegation for negotiations with Belgium to solve the dormant since the Second World War channel issue, especially as requested by Belgium compound of the Scheldt with the Rhine, on 13 May 1963 were successfully completed with a contract.


Tjarda van Starkenborgh Stachouwer married in Baltimore (USA) on November 16, 1915 Christine Marburg with whom he had two daughters.


  • August 29, 1938: Commander of the Order of Orange- Nassau
  • February 4, 1946: Grand Cross of the Order of the Netherlands Lion
  • May 10, 1950: Resistance Star East Asia 1942-1945
  • March 20, 1957: Honorary Doctor of Letters and Philosophy of the University of Groningen
  • Honorary Doctor of Literature and Philosophy at the University of Paris
  • In honor of Tjarda van Starkenborgh Stachouwer also the Van Starkenborghkanaal was named that connects the Prinses Margriet Canal (Friesland ) with the Emskanal in ( Groningen).