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LOCATION: 85 Market Street, Smithfield, NSW.

Open

Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays,

when the shop is open.

PHONE: (61) (02) 97293384

 

The Dutch Australian Cultural Centre Ltd

has as its aims and objectives ......

....the collection, preservation, promotion and dissemination of

Dutch culture and heritage

in Australia.

It also aims to be a broad based source of information, advice, assistance and interest

for the benefit of people of Dutch nationality or descent in Australia

as well as for the wider Australian community.

It will act as facilitator and intermediator where necessary.

THE DUTCH AUSTRALIAN CULTURAL CENTRE LTD.
HOLLAND HOUSE
85 Market Street, Smithfield.

AGM AGENDA

FOR WEDNESDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2014
to be held at the Consul-General’s Offices,

Bondi Junction

14.00 hours

WELCOME

PRESENT
please sign the attendance book

MINUTES OF THE 2013 AGM

MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

TREASURER’S REPORT

 

ELECTION OF RETURNING OFFICER (if required)

ELECTION OF [UP TO 11] BOARD MEMBERS
The following persons are currently serving as members of the Board and are eligible and available for re-election:
Paulus Breedveld, Akky van Ogtrop, Theo ten Brummelaar, Klaas Woldring,
Jan Mees, Ellie Zinsmeester, Frances Larder and Thea Bourne.
New board member to be confirmed: Johanna Stas

APPOINTMENT OF AUDITORS for 2015

GENERAL BUSINESS
an update of the day-to-day running of the DACC

CLOSE OF MEETING

Guest speaker, to be confirmed.

REFRESHMENTS

CLOSE 16.00 HOURS.

As Hon.Sec.,

Thea Bourne,

put it:

Dear Member / friend of the DACC

The DACC AGM is approaching fast. It is time to fill in those nomination forms – and hey, don't be shy: it is quite alright to nominate yourself!

As usual, we are welcome in the Consular Boardroom and we will look after some nibblies for you.

The DACC AGM will be held on Wednesday 19 November, at 2pm (please arrive earlier), at the Dutch Consulate,
Level 23, Westfield Tower 2
101 Grafton Street, (crn Grosvenor Street)
Bondi Junction 2022

Mr Peter Hamer will inform and entertain you after the formalities.

The financial Statement is attached, as is the nomination form.

I very much hope to see you there and if you bring a friend, you are doubly welcome!

Please remember that you must be a financial member to vote. Memberships fell due in July.

Regarding the DUTCH AUSTRALIAN CULTURAL CENTRE LOCATION,
  • klaas woldring
    klaas woldring 1st
    Associate Professor (Government & Management) (ret) WRITES:
  • What are the options? The Dutch Australian Cultural Centre (established in 1984), currently located in Holland House, Smithfield has received support from the Neerlandia Club, in FrenchsForest, to build an Annex adjacent to that Club. DACC had approached Neerlandia earlier, in 2006, but at the time the Club was in two minds about a merger and the joint venture didn’t get off the ground then. Neerlandia has functioned as a very successful recreation club that has organised many typically Dutch festivities, since 1975. There is room for a single or double story Annex with a floor space of approx. up to 190 square meters each. We are looking for financial support from the Dutch Australian community. It is therefore important to reflect on the existing functions and possible expansion of the DACC ’s activities. A target of up to $650,000 is envisaged. An investor connected with the Dutch community could acquire equity in valuable real estate. Neerlandia is built on a spacious corner block of land. While the two organisations are both non-profit in character (public companies limited by guarantee) an additional income stream could be achieved.
  • Neerlandia (est. 1954) has operated their club profitably since its inception in 1975. However, its contribution would be limited to the generous provision of the land to build on. The DACC has been self-sufficient since its inception in 1984 (relying mostly on membership subscriptions, donations and some book sales) and can contribute $30,000 to construction. Recent informal discussions with a Dutch Australian Benevolent Fund representative indicated that around $150,000 could be made available as a donation IF an investor or investors could raise amore substantial amount for the Annex. The income stream could be increased significantly with a new Annex. The restaurant function could also be improved, made attractive for a younger cohort, and sub-contracted out to a (probably part time) caterer. One floor of the Annex could be reserved for DACC and another for a variety of non-heritage purposes at suitable rental rates. The growing Dutch Australian community in Sydney does not have such a venue that combines a variety of functions. We are thinking here of a multi-function Dutch Hub, which could include renting out floor space for Dutch businesses or conference functions. Considerably synergy should result. We find that younger Australians of Dutch origin, and Dutch expatriates, are often not very aware of the important work involved in preserving the Dutch Heritage.
  • The history of post-WWII immigrants is a significant part of our work but there is much more to Dutch Heritage than that. The recent outstanding Mapping Australia exhibition in the National Library, Canberra made that perfectly clear. About half of the old maps displayed there were of Dutch 17th century origin, the products of VOC cartographers and seafarers who circumnavigated the Australian continent and mapped most of it. We recently purchased 16 replicas of these maps, and framed them, adding significantly to our collection. They will be displayed by rotation. Moves are afoot to also start a collection of Dutch East Indies photographs prior to 1949, funds permitting of course. The excellent recent exhibition in the National Gallery in Canberra prompted this new interest. Undoubtedly that colonial period is very much part of the Dutch history in South East Asia.
The Dutch arrived in Australia in 1606 shortly after they started the spice trade with the Indies. The mapping of 300 kms of the West Coast of Cape York was the beginning of some 150 years of pioneering coastal visits and extensive mapping of all Australian coasts except the East Coast of the continent. In the process Tasman also arrived in New Zealand and mapped the West Coast of that country as well. The history of the WWII itself is also reflected in the role of the Dutch as the Fourth Ally and in important tales of those who came as refugees in 1942 from the Dutch East Indies. It is also the story of several significant individuals prior to WWII such as the Broken Hill Pty Ltd General Manager and pioneer Guillaume Delprat. Another example is the music shop operator Paling who started his business on the Victorian Gold Fields in the mid-1850s. The Dutch contribution to the history of this continent is early, unique and significant. However, unless we display it ourselves it may well be lost OR a small part only may be found back in the occasional multi-cultural museum - among very many other migrant nationalities. Thankfully, the Dutch Government has become well aware of the importance of Shared Culture for the further promotion of Dutch Australian relations in every field. This sensible approach is expected to get additional mileage in the run up to the commemoration of the landing of Dirck Hartogh in Shark Bay in 2016, then 400 years ago.

There are pros and cons, one being that a combination with a Retirement Village has proven to be of limited use to the DACC in that a limited number people visit such places. A third option may be to stay at Holland House, Smithfield, perhaps enlarge the area somewhat, and only move the archives to ATV, Chester Hill.

The DACC board prefers to grow and expand its functions and interest, already in recent months President Paulus has created short exhibitions of all kinds of historical as well as present day events in the Netherlands. Copies of recent Dutch newspapers are appearing.

We show DVDs of recent developments in the Netherlands. We have a small display of books written by migrants about their experiences which are for sale.

Donations of books and artefacts are being received regularly, in growing quantities. However, the space is very small and some materials are farmed out, with board members and in other places. We have approached the Dutch Government for support especially within the context of its new Shared Cultural Heritage policies, as well as a well known Dutch Bank. Thus far the outcomes have been disappointing.

 

Frenchs Forest is a very suitable location for an enlarged venue from many points of view. It is 11 kms from CBD Sydney with good transport connections. It is a garden like, quiet, mostly residential and office space area suitable for the purposes we have outlined. The venue already has the use of a common sports ground as well. It has views over that area. A double story building would, in addition, have magnificent, uninterrupted views towards the city. The second option is a return to the original place at the Chester Hill Abel Tasman Retirement Village. A substantial recent enlargement of the ATV has taken place and DACC has been offered wall space, some office space and storage space for the archives. Valuable as this is no firm decision has been made by the board.

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NEWSLETTER

NEWSLETTER - DACC Newsletter

Can you assist Theo Fransen ?

He is writing a book about 'carnaval' celebrations with a chapter about the migrants' celebrations of Carnaval.

Are there any ex-members of De Boomerangs or De Jokers or their descendants who can assist?

Please contact: th.fransen@telfort.nl

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VOCWA
(Follow this link) .....About
"The Bulletin does historical research into parts of Australian history that have been forgotten - in particular the role of Western Australia........" ............interesting!!

Check out the Journal of

the

VOC Historical Society Inc., W.A..

........... HERE

FROM THE CHAIR

We are often asked about the relevance of the DACC for future generations. There is no simple answer to this, but I will try and explain why I think it is important for the DACC to continue to exist and obtain your support.

As we all know, there are only two things certain in life and they are death and taxes.

Most people will have other certainties to add to these. The one I have in mind is anniversaries. Every year we have anniversaries. Some are obvious, some are obscure, some are bizarre and others banal. This year, for instance, the First World War will feature prominently because it is 100 years ago in April that this calamitous event started.

Commemorations of all these anniversaries, espe- cially ones that will feature prominently in the media through newspaper articles, TV documen- taries, movies, exhibitions, etc., do not just mate- rialise out of thin air.

The information required to make these possible will come from archives, libraries, oral histories and people’s own records and recollections.

The library and archives of the DACC are essential tools for researchers, historians, writers, journalists, genealogists and future generations wishing to discover about Dutch-Australian culture and history. For these reasons the DACC de- serves your material as well as financial support. ....Paulus Breedveld

Paulus

If you would like to get actively involved with the DACC or contribute in other ways, please contact any of our board members by phone or by email. Board members’ details are on the back page.

CURRENTLY on EXHIBITION at THE DACC Langs Leidse StegenAlong the alleys of Leiden. The origin of the alley’s name often sheds light on its history. SEE ‘What’s on that is Dutch in Sydney”, p 3.

 

DACC Board member, Ellie Zinsmeester, contributes HER STORY:

THE BOX

Exhibition and Book/DVD Launch  Thursday, 18th September 2014 at 7:00pm

Bowen Library, Maroubra. 


This project is a multi-media collaboration between Randwick TAFE College media students and Randwick City Library. The project for 2014 includes a short film, an exhibition and a book featuring a number of local migrants and their personal journey, as revealed through a treasured memento brought with them to Australia.

DACC Board member, Ellie Zinsmeester, contributes HER STORY: 

The Box



THE BOX

This old oak box was made by my father, Willem Zinsmeester (1914-2006), in Delft, the Netherlands when he was 15. He made it for his father, Johannes, which is why there is a “J” carved inside the lid.


Our family, consisting of my father, mother Elisabeth (Bep), brother Johannes (Jan/John), sister Johanna (Anneke) and myself, Petronella (Ellie), came to Australia on the ship M.S. Sibajak in 1953. The box was packed inside one of two large wooden crates which contained everything imaginable and included household goods as well as many mementoes.



Due to a severe housing shortage in Australia at that time, many immigrants ended up living in old army camps for long periods. Our first Australian home was at Scheyville Holding Centre, Windsor. After a few months we moved to Bunnerong Hostel at Matraville and then to the house our father was building at Malabar.

 

Our family used the box for many years to store photographs and postcards considered not good enough to be put in albums.

When in his 80s, my father decided to give it to his grandson who is also called Willem. The name was given in spite of what nurses at the hospital had said. They thought this was all right for the Greek and Italian parents, but not Dutch ones. This custom of naming children after grandparents was already in decline in many countries, including the Netherlands, but it made my father happy and the two Willems were always very close..


When the box came up for discussion, old Willem made sure we knew that he had placed something inside the lid, which of course made us all curious. After he died, his grandson Willem brought the box over so we could all be there when the contents were revealed.

These turned out to be an envelope containing a handwritten record of the various components of the box as well as a photograph of old Willem in 1929 holding his pet rabbit. This made everybody laugh because it was just as meticulous as his handwritten record of the house he had built at Malabar during the 1960s and 70s.

Items listed included the cost of nails and light bulbs, as well as major jobs such as pouring concrete and even the total number of bricks.


The box once again holds memorabilia. Its main contents now are unusual objects given by the grandfather to the grandson. It is a reminder of a dear father, grandfather and great grandfather. It represents the practical skills Dutch boys were taught to stand them in good stead throughout their lives.

It is also a reminder of what people brought with them when they travelled to far-away countries, knowing that they might never see their relatives, friends or homeland again.

It is symbolic of people who, like my parents, had a strong need to be surrounded by tangible objects from their Dutch past and heritage and the memories associated with these objects.



Petronella (Ellie) Zinsmeester

 

Those "invisible Dutch" -- we are NOT!! Check out DACC Board member, Thea Bourne's next exhibition:

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DACC BOARD MEMBER, Thea Bourne's exhibition.
From Friday 15 August until 5th September, 2014

CHECK OUT THIS COUNTER at the BOTTOM of this PAGE.....

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Please help us SPREAD-the-WORD and INCREASE those numbers!

~~ My father was president of the Netherlands Society in Bankstown. He loved urging members to TELL OTHERS about the organisation

and to tell the committee if there were improvements that could be made!!!! - Jo M. (webmaster).

DACC Board members, once again met up with fellow Dutch-Australians at the 2014 Annual Dutch Festival, Rembrandt Club, St Marys.

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The Dutch Australian Genealogy Group and
the Dutch Australian Cultural Centre meeting the public.

Click the buttons down below!

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Message from Klaas Woldring, Hon. Sec. DACC.

The Dutch Australian Cultural Centre in Sydney – The Dutch Heritage and Future in Australia.

The Centre was established in 1983 by the Federation of Dutch Associations and formed as a company limited by guarantee in 1984.

The Centre was formed to establish a central organization with the following two main aims:


1. To preserve the rich history of Dutch contact with, and immigration to, Australia;


2. To set up a resources facility for anyone wanting information regarding the Netherlands, its people and their traditions.

Initially the DACC was housed in an Annex of the Abel Tasman Village, a retirement centre in Chester Hill.

In 2006 the DACC moved to ‘t Winkeltje, Holland House, Smithfield (Sydney).  The DACC was involved in the formation of Dutch Link, an organization set up by
representatives of Dutch multinational companies to accommodate business and social interests of all people with a Dutch background, migrants and expatriates.

We find that younger Dutch Australians, and Dutch expatriates, are often not very aware of the important work involved in preserving the Dutch Heritage. The history of post-WWII immigrants is a large chunk of our work but there is much more to Dutch Heritage than that. The magnificent recent Mapping Australia exhibition in the National Library, Canberra made that perfectly clear. About half of the old maps displayed there were of Dutch 17th century origin, the products of VOC cartographers and seafarers who circumnavigated the Australian continent and mapped most of it. The history of the WWII itself is also reflected in the role of the Dutch as the “Fourth Ally” and in important tales of those who came as refugees in 1942 from the Dutch East Indies. And it is the story of several important individual contributions prior to WWII such as the Broken Hill Pty Ltd General Manager and pioneer Guillaume Delprat. Another example is the music shop operator Paling who started his business on the Victorian Gold Fields in the mid-1850s. The Dutch contribution to the history of this continent is both unique and significant. This is often not realized widely in the Netherlands. However, unless we display it ourselves here it may well be lost OR just become a very small part only of history found back in the occasional multi-cultural museum - among many other nationalities in this vast multicultural country. This is definitely NOT our objective.

The Dutch Government claims it aims to intensify business and other links with Australia through Shared Heritage links. We welcome that idea! Australia has become a priority country for funding for this purpose. With the advent of the Dirk Hartog celebrations in the offing (2016) we are ready to demonstrate our very purpose. The desirability of that is particularly needed on the East Coast of Australia where many people still think that Captain James Cook discovered Australia (1770). The reality is that not even the grandparents of Cook were born by the time that the Groninger sea captain Abel Tasman had mapped some 70% of the Australian coastline in 1644. We rest our case but it has to be demonstrated.

Klaas Woldring, Hon. Secretary DACC. – woldring@zipworld.com.au

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The DACC is looking at its future – your input is welcomed.

After having been housed for nearly eight years in 't Winkeltje in Smithfield, and before that in an Annex of the Abel Tasman Retirement Village, Chester Hill, the DACC is considering some options for its future stated below.

There may still be other options that could be considered.

We certainly have seen many more visitors in Smithfield than in Chester Hill earlier but there are a number of reasons why we need to hear from the Dutch community, young and old.

The DACC's mission statement clearly suggests that we plan on-going activities so the young, in particular, may voice their opinions and suggestions. Current possibilities are:

1. An Annex to be constructed adjacent to Neerlandia, Frenchs Forest - we would need finance for that.

2. Return to the Abel Tasman Retirement Village, Chester Hill where DACC was housed earlier. Recent expansion of the ATV has created the possibility for the DACC to return there - financially not very difficult.

3. Move the archives only to ATV, Chester Hill and remain in Smithfield for other activities at least for the time being.

The board of the DACC is interested in hearing from all people who have an interest in the future of the DACC what their preferences are – and how they can assist. We have kept it going strongly for the past 10 years but we are getting older.

We find that younger Dutch Australians, and Dutch expatriates, are often not very aware of the important work involved in preserving the Dutch Heritage. The history of post-WWII immigrants is a large chunk of our work but there is much more to Dutch Heritage than that. The recent Mapping Australia exhibition in the National Library, Canberra made that perfectly clear. About half of the old maps displayed there were of Dutch 17th century origin, the products of VOC cartographers and seafarers who circumnavigated the Australian continent and mapped most of it. The history of the WWII itself is reflected in the role of the Dutch as the Fourth Ally and in important tales of those who came as refugees in 1942 from the Dutch East Indies.

It is also the story of several important individuals prior to WWII such as the Broken Hill Pty Ltd General Manager and pioneer Guillaume Delprat. Another example is the music shop operator Paling who started his business on the Victorian Gold Fields in the mid-1850s. The Dutch contribution to the history of this continent is both unique and significant. However, unless we display it ourselves it may well be lost OR a small part only may be found back in the occasional multi-cultural museum - among very many other nationalities. The 17 million multi-cultural museum planned by the Keneally Government, if re-elected, did NOT even happen.

We need you as members, volunteers and financiers to grow, not to wind up as some Dutch Australian Recreation Clubs are contemplating, understandably, but to establish ourselves permanently. The DACC could expand its functions by providing accounts of events and trends in the Netherlands today - if we had the space and funding for that. We could make provision for function rooms to have meetings and conferences, educational sessions, exposure for Dutch MNCs using the Heritage Centre for that. The Dutch Government claims it aims to intensify business and other links with Australia through Shared Heritage links. We welcome that idea! Australia is now a also a priority country for funding for this purpose. With the advent of the Dirk Hartog celebrations in the offing one would think that a Centre as ours could be supported and expanded further, with their assistance, to illustrate the essence of the intentions. The desirability of that is particularly evident on the East Coast of Australia.

Klaas Woldring, Hon. Secretary DACC. – woldring@zipworld.com.au

Klass explained earlier:

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NOTE: Message from Willem Cosijn
Consul- Generaal van het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden

The application process for Netherlands travel documents is changing worldwide. You may have heard about it already.

As of 1 October 2015, in about one year, the honorary consulates in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth and the Embassy in Canberra will no longer be able to accept Dutch passport- and visa applications.

Dear Sir, Madam,

The application process for Netherlands travel documents is changing worldwide. You may have heard about it already. As of 1 October 2015, in about one year, the honorary consulates in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth and the Embassy in Canberra will no longer be able to accept Dutch passport- and visa applications.

I am writing you this letter with the request if you would be so kind to inform your members about these changes and the additional measures that have already been taken.

As of 1 October 2015, passport applications can only be submitted at the Consulate-General in Sydney. This location has been chosen on the basis that it receives by far the most passport applications in Australia.

I understand that these changes will affect Dutch nationals living outside of Sydney. In order to meet the needs these people, the following measures have been taken:

· Passport validity of 10 years:
New passports are now valid for 10 years for Dutch citizens who are 18 years and older when they submit their application.
· Passport applications outside of Australia:
It is also possible to apply for a passport outside Australia, such as at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, where you will be assisted 7 days a week from 07.00 to 22.00 hours (by appointment only). In addition, you can apply for passports at the municipality of The Hague and multiple border municipalities such as Enschede and Maastricht. Furthermore, all embassies (with the exception of Australia) and some Consulate-General's will accept applications.
· Proof of Dutch Nationality:
If, for example, you are also in possession of an Australian passport, you can consider to use this for traveling. In order to confirm that you still possess the Dutch nationality, you can apply for a 'Proof of Netherlands Nationality' (Bewijs van Nederlanderschap). This document is valid for 10 years and costs €30. An advantage of this is that you do not have to travel to Sydney to request a 'Proof of Dutch Nationality'. An e-mail or letter to the Consulate-General is sufficient to start the application process.
· Mobile application station:
The Consulate-General in Sydney is in possession of a mobile application station, which is used to take the required fingerprints for passports. In certain cases, and when an employee of the Consulate-General visits the region, this station can be used.

The decision to end the capacity of the honorary consulates and the Embassy in Canberra to facilitate passport applications is a case that is not unique to Australia. This measure has been taken worldwide, which means that other big countries such as the United States and Canada, but also smaller countries such as New Zealand and South Africa, have been affected too. This measure is part of a large-scale cut in government expenses. These cuts are spread across ministries, which the House of Representatives in the Netherlands has previously approved. In general sense, it can be noted that the government in the Netherlands is getting smaller, which correspondingly affects the Dutch government abroad.

I am using this occasion to correct a wide-spread misconception. It is not the case that the honorary consulates are closing. You will still be able to go there for consular assistance and to apply for a 'laissez-passer'. Moreover, they remain the Dutch contact with local governments and will still function as point of trade and culture.

I trust to have sufficiently informed you, but if you have any remaining questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Consulate-General in Sydney (syd-ca@minbuza.nl).

Yours sincerely,

Willem Cosijn
Consul-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

plate replica

Remember this replica? It was on the website when "opening hours" WERE on Sundays and Tuesdays. DO CHECK when the DACC is open ("these days"). PLEASE CHECK OUT Dr Klaas Woldring's message on LINKEDIN.

You may need to be a LINKEDIN member.

We do have a few left on display in Smithfield, also the replica of the Willem de Vlamingh pewter plate who found the Hartogh plate in 1698 when visiting Hartog Island, Shark Bay.

The DACC had four representatives at the preparatory "Footsteps" Conference in Canberra (1/11/12), organised by the Dutch Embassy and CIE.

Promotion of the 2016 event on the East Coast is as important as it is on the West Coast of Australia, possibly even more important, as the myth that Captain James Cook "discovered" Australia is pretty solidly established here.

The fact is that even the grandparents of James Cook were not born by the time Abel Tasman had completed his second journey around Australia in 1644 and mapped around 75% of the continent's coastline.

 

Remember this interview---

--- with producer John Mulders?

DACCDOLOOK

10.5.2014

2016 will be an important year.

400 since the Dutch came and 'checked out' Australia!!

 

Please check the update~bottom of page~

and boost our number of visitors.

We are NOT 'the invisible Dutch' !!!!! :)

 

tellus

What did YOU bring to Australia? MY parents were told that tools and shoes in Australia were of poor quality (in 1956) and they were urged to pack these when we migrated. WHAT did you (or your {grand-}parents bring? PLEASE tell us!

Jo Mulholland (Was Joop Mul is Ozcloggie)

Mmmmmm! Archives! Interesting!! More......

 

Check out the Journal of the VOC Historical Society Inc., W.A.. ........... HERE

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The latest newsletter has been distributed to our members. Enjoy!Above a 'fore-taste' of Page 1.

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TELL US HERE

Your thoughts, opinions, suggestions re: Dutch-Australian culture.

 

Are you visiting the DACC soon?

Do you have any significant memorabilia associated with the migration?

TELL US, please!Find us THROUGH the Dutch shop..........

(See address above.)

OR

TELL US ABOUT IT HERE!!!!!!!!!!

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"Neerlandia still proudly stands at Frenchs Forest."

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Dutch Festival

Dutch Australian Festival

"With more than 300,000 Australians of Dutch birth or ancestry living in Australia today, Dutch festivals and celebrations are held regularly in many parts of Australia. They mainly attract the Dutch Australian community.

 

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This Festival is different.

It is by and about Dutch Australians but its objective is to entertain the Australian community and to inform, educate and enlighten the Australian community about the many ways in which Australia and the Netherlands are connected today, as they have been in the past.

Want to get involved?

To subscribe to the Dutch Australian Festival Bulletins add your email via the link.

A confirmation email will be sent to you, you must confirm to be added to the list!

The Festival is planned to take place in 2016, to coincide with the Dirk Hartog celebrations.

The Dutch Australian Festival is a special, major community event to celebrate the Dutch presencein the Tweed and Gold Coast Regions of Northern NSW and Southeast Queensland in Australia.The Festival aims

not only to entertain people but also to inform and educate them about the Dutch contribution to Australian society, and to encourage them to support Dutch Australian enterprise.

Its basic aim is to bring Dutch Australians and Australians together to honour their differences but celebrate their shared history and heritage and above all their shared values.

That's: mjansen2@bigpond.com

 

 

The Dutch Australian Cultural Centre's office is - just to remind you - at the back of 't Winkeltje in Smithfield. I had a look around on the walls of the little office. You know that is really a very interesting thing to do! Actually it is an important albeit small museum.


This little museum can be subdivided into three parts. Maps, photos and things. Because of the small size of the office these valuable items hang together in much too close proximity. Lets look at the maps. These are authenticated copies of maps in National libraries, therefor the more interesting.


The oldest is made in France but shows Portuguese information. The map dates from 1550. In colour. Only an impression of the north coast of Australia is drawn. They had a wild imagination judging by the animals in the inland of the South Land.  I noticed in the middle of what is now West Australia some Indonesian ladies being sheltered from the harsh sun under a gold coloured 'payong'.


Two maps by Willem de Vlamingh drawn in 1697 and clearly showing West Australia with Dirk Hartog Island and  Rottenest Island. This map resulted from the voyage during which de Vlamingh replaced the tin plate left by Hartog in 1617 with one of his own. Copies of these plates are also on display in our office/museum.


Next a map from 1746 of the known world. One hundred and fifty years after the creation of the VOC. Indonesia is complete. Australia has a detailed west coast and south coast. In the north the gulf of Carpentaria is shown but to the east of it is an unknown land. Just a white space. This map is of course the result of the Dutch expeditions to investigate the South Land in search of commercial opportunities. Remember, Abel Tasman had already navigated around our continent by 1650, but he missed the East Coast, sailing around New Zealand instead.

The next map dates from 1570 and is also of Portuguese origin. Madagascar and Sumatra are shown in some detail but a little scribble in the bottom right hand corner indicates probably where they sought an other land could be.


There is Flemish map dating from1598, therefore nearly 30 years later. However it is clear that at that time the Dutch did not have as much information as the Portuguese. Indonesia is shown but Java looks like a round island. Just a tip of the south land is visible.

Changing to more detailed maps. The Low Lands drawn in 1617. Very full of place names.Notice the shape of the Zuidersea in those days. Next to this map one of the western part of the Netherlands. Both these maps are drawn 'on their side', on one North is to the right on the other to the left.

The final map on our wall dates from  about the same period. It may in fact be the resource from which the map of the world was drawn. This map is difficult to read, but you can see some great detail of North and West Australia. The South coast is shown as far as where now Melbourne is. However it looks like this map is still based on the voyage by Abel Tasman as the island of Tasmania is still attached to the mainland.


Two more little maps need mentioning. A modern map showing the voyage of the Dutch vessel "Duyfken". Captain Willem Janszoon took this small ship on a  tour of discovery and mapped part of West Australia in 1606.  That's why we say that the Dutch discovered Australia. The other map is an embroidery showing the parts of Holland and Zeeland under water as a result of the terrible flood of February 1953.
Next time you go shopping in 't Winkeltje, come in and have a look.


Theo ten Brummelaar

*Webmaster's comment:

Many of us found ourselves in Bonegilla, upon arrival in Australia.

(In my case, it was after an "all-night train trip" from Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne.)

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My father took a photo of my mother and me, in the doorway of our accommodation @ Bonegilla,

to send to our relatives back in the Netherlands after our 5 week journey on the ship: The "J.v.O.".

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This is where I 'always tell' how my mother cried and said:

"I left my beautiful apartment in Gouda for THIS!"

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(But things got better ~ after much hard work by all four adults!

This photo was taken in our first house, after the hostels and my mother

was recording a greeting to all her sisters, her mother and her brothers.)

GO TO:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/BonegillaWas1stHome/

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Nell Jones described her mother's first impressions of Bonegilla,

in her book:

"The Lost Sister of Groningen "

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More explanation: Bonegilla......

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'King Day' celebrated by doing the 'Kanga' in Canberra, to celebrate 'King Day' in the Netherlands.

Go on!! Out of your chair and 'copy them'!! (LOL)

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Received...(updated).....

AND SEE A REPORT HERE (via facebook)

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Kingsday party 2014

DutchLing-Kingday-Update

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DACC Boardmember, Klaas Woldring reports:

"It has been decided to check if the newly purchased old maps that we have acquired from the National Library of Australia could be mounted, together with some provenance and history associated with it." ............Click on links below-right, for examples of the maps.

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We do have a number of very interesting maps already, on CD, which we have blown up and displayed in the DACC.

There will be a major exhibition of old maps (16th, 17th and 18th centuries) at NLA, Canberra in October/November well worth visiting.

They are preparing for it now. Their collection is impressive.

I went there to discuss old Dutch maps with the maps curator, Dr. Martin Wood, who was very helpful and keen to get copies of their maps out in the community."

EXAMPLES of the MAPS in question.

INTERESTING: ATLAS of MUTUAL HERITAGE.

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Atlas of Mutual Heritage

Check out the collection on display at the Dutch Australian Cultural Centre, through the Dutch Shop, Smithfield.

 

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VIA SBS RADIO - DUTCH PROGRAM - "De mooiste kaarten ter wereld".

LUISTER HIER:

SBS RADIO: De mooiste kaarten ter wereld.

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RECEIVED from the Consulate-General

(Bondi Junction / Sydney NSW )

It is now possible for non-residents to apply for travel documents at a municipal desk (Haarlemmermeer municipality) at Schiphol.
On 15 August 2013 the Minister of the Interior, Ronald Plasterk, officially opened the facility.


Applying for travel documents at Schiphol


On 15 August 2013 a municipal desk (Haarlemmermeer municipality)was officially opened at Schiphol by the Minister of the Interior, Ronald Plasterk.

Dutch nationals who live abroad can now go to the desk to file applications for their travel documents (by appointment only). By appointment, the municipal desk is already able to process certain travel document applications.

As of 15 August, non-residents are also be able to apply for a DigiD there.
The municipal desk is located in Departure Hall 1 and is open seven days a week, from 7:00 to 22:00.


For more information and up-to-date news on its current status, I would refer you and your clients to the website of the municipality: http://www.haarlemmermeer.nl
The site also explains how to make an appointment, what documents to bring, and what to expect after the application has been submitted. As also stated on the site, payment is only accepted with a credit or debit card.


Just to clarify, please do not use the term 'Schiphol desk'; the proper name is the 'Haarlemmermeer municipal desk at Schiphol'.
Additional information will follow as the opening approaches.

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Those Dutch are EVERYWHERE!

:)

CostaRica

Nederlandse Vereniging Costa Rica

Telling the ABC our story........

ABC-YourStoryCHECK out the ABC site..

 

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TheoInTheAir

 

Now THERE's a lot of trouble to go through, Theo,

to wish us all a peaceful 2014!!!

(Theo has been active in the Dutch-Australian community centerd on Sydney, for many years!!)

His message actually says:

"Ik wens je een heerlijk vredig jaar toe, moeiteloos zweven boven het gewoel."

WHAT's NEW(s)...........

So MANY stories we Dutch-Australians brought with us............

The 'Uiver' found its way to Australia all right

but the manner in which Albury

turned on its lights to guide it to a safe landing

will be celebrated at the

80th anniversary of the event!!!

Things were different then!! No www!

A useful link would have been:

Mapping our world

Terra Incognita to Australia

Lose yourself in the world's greatest maps.

"Mapping our World 

is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see rare and unique

cartographic treasures from around the world."

DeUiver
MORE about the UIVER -if using CHROME as your browser.

SAFARI users, please GO TO http://www.uiverfoundation.org or via FACEBOOK.

The Annual Cleveringa Lecture:

 Former Premier Wim Kok in Sydney – Top Democrat and Diplomat

report by

Dr Klaas Woldring, DACC Board Member.

READ HERE

Annual General Meeting was held

Wednesday 27 November 2013

AGM2013

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Dutch tall ships were in Sydney.

Board members of the Dutch Australian Cultural Centre thoroughly enjoyed an inspection of the Dutch Tall Ships, which were in Sydney, some time ago..

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‘Oosterschelde’ made several impressive journeys since her restoration in 1992. For example, she sailed an earlier journey around the world (finished in 1998), made several expeditions to Spitsbergen and sails to Cape Verde in wintertime. But the ship is also in use in domestic and foreign ports for presentation and promotion activities. Moored in Sydney at Cockle Bay there were still a lot of visitors on the Tuesday after the long week-end.
Sailing on board ‘Oosterschelde’ is a special experience. As with the bark Europa no one is really a passenger, like on a cruise ship, but is part of the guest crew. They will learn all about sailing, steering and navigating the ship. Our host here was the very welcoming Martin with whom we organized the visit by phone. We also met the charming filmmaker for the three ships, Arienne Dozeman of the Rijnland Ring (?) company who is making a video of the Dutch trio that will be finished in January. The DACC has expressed deep interest in purchasing this video, perhaps several for resale in Smithfield.

The ships left on Thursday for a race of ALL the Tall Ships to Auckland, New Zealand. We saw impressive ships from Denmark, Canada, New Zealand and Australia and Norway but there were many more. Remarkably, the prizes for winners in the race are not just for speed, adjusted by handicaps. There are prizes for all kinds of  aspects: nationalities represented, gender balance, age mix, comfort, cost , occupancy and similar novel awards. The Dutch were very well represented in this major event. Don’t be surprised if you see them more often.

Photos and text by Klaas Woldring

 

ECHOES FROM THE PAST

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Some impressions of the work put in ~~ SEE HERE!!!!!

Echoes happened

Frances Larder conceived the project and made it happen.

Gerarda Zirkzee was one of the volunteers who assisted and made it such a success.

Not quite a marionette theatre but so much there to tell the story in a passive manner.

 

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