A. J. Hamerster

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A. J. Hamerster (1883-1951), was a Dutch Theosophist active in the Theosophical Society based in Adyar, India. He was a government official in the Dutch East Indies, in the Government Financial Affairs bureau.

Life and career

Theosophical Society involvement

Hamerster lectured at lodges in the Dutch East Indies. He served as international Treasurer of the Society during the early 1930s, and in 1937 was appointed by George S. Arundale to succeed Anna Kamensky as head of the International Centre in Geneva, Switzerland, where the Society hoped to influence the League of Nations.[1]


According to the Union Index of Theosophical Periodicals, Hamerster wrote 75 articles under the name A J Hamerster and 34 more under the name AJH or AJH van Leeuwen.

Under the name "Arya Asanga" he wrote introductions to several editions from the Theosophical Publishing House:


  1. "International Center (Geneva)" in Theosopedia.