national dress

LOCATION: 85 Market Street, Smithfield, NSW.


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.

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

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





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!


Message from Klaas Woldring, Hon. Sec. DACC.



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?

2016 will be an important year.

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





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)


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



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.)





RECEIVED: .......................



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.



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.




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







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.



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.


mutual heritage

Atlas of Mutual Heritage

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



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


SBS RADIO: De mooiste kaarten ter wereld.


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:
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.




Those Dutch are EVERYWHERE!



Nederlandse Vereniging Costa Rica

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

ABC-YourStoryCHECK out the ABC site..



Renne Veldman-Tentori expresses it so well!


The Dutch left a remarkable heritage in the Land Down Under



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."

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

SAFARI users, please GO TO 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.


Annual General Meeting was held

Wednesday 27 November 2013



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





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.







regarding the DACC and / or the WEBSITE CONTENT


Do you know Otto Ippel who worked in Kurnell or the 'Jas' family?





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