DUTCH AUSTRALIAN CULTURAL CENTRE
For more information, visittThe Dirk Hartog 2016 website hwhichl/
which was launched on Monday 11 May.
This website is an initiative by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Australia. Our mission is to provide a platform for anyone interested in the commemoration and celebration of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Dirk Hartog in Western Australia.
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For more information about the anniversary in 2016, please contact the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Canberra,
via the cultural affairs and public diplomacy section,
tel: + 61 (0)2 6220 9400 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Early Encounters with Australian Shores is a collection of short stories written by the late Rupert Gerritsen. This booklet was published by Australia On The Map with the support of the Netherlands Embassy. The first copy was officially presented to Rupert's sister-in-law Patricia during a reception on Thursday 16 July 2015 at the residence of Ambassador Annemieke Ruigrok.
The booklet brings together a selection of stories about Australia's early, and neglected, maritime history. It highlights the multicultural dimension of the explorations of the continent's shore: Captain Cook was not the first to arrive in Australia, but followed in the footsteps of seventeenth and eighteenth century Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Swedish seafarers. Rupert Gerritsen elaborates on already well known subjects such as the arrival of the Duyfken and the tragedy of the Batavia – but also presents lesser known stories such as the miraculous survival of the Dutch party searching for the crew of the Vergulde Draeck.
According to Ambassador Annemieke Ruigrok, "Rupert's stories are a wonderful addition to the many different stories Australia has shared with the Netherlands over more than 400 years".
For more information about the booklet or questions about the distribution procedure, please contact Australia On The Map: www.australiaonthemap.org.au
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With kind regards,
Meanwhile, in Adelaide.......... a wonderful exhibition currently on at the Adelaide Art Gallery titled
"Treasure Ships Art in the Age of Spices".
New books in DACC
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2014 Cleveringa Lecture: Marlene Veldhuis
This year’s Cleveringa lecture was delivered at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, organized by Dutch Link and the Dutch Consulate-General. The Cleveringa lectures are held annually in a large number of countries where the Dutch Government is represented. It is held in honour of the Leiden University Professor who, during WWII, delivered a protest speech against the Nazis following the forced resignation of Jewish Professors. It is usually held by a Leiden University Alumnus, on this occasion by Marleen Veldhuis, a top swimming champion who also holds two Masters degrees, one in Engineering & Management and one in Economics.
Consul-General Willem Cosijn introduced Marleen in a lively and engaging manner stating that the hard work and innovation demonstrated by this swimmer are ingredients required for success in many pursuits.
Magdalena Johanna Maria Veldhuis (born 29 June 1979 in Borne, Overijssel) is a retired champion swimmer from the Netherlands. She is world record holder in four events (one individual event and three relay events). Marleen has won eight world championships gold medals and 20 European championships gold medals. In the Olympics, she won a bronze medal in London 2012 at the 50m freestyle, as well as three relay medals: bronze in Athens 2004, gold in Beijing 2008, and silver in London 2012.
Much of Marleen’s talk was devoted to an explanation of the details of the innovative training techniques, such as the angle of entering the pool, the exact position of the arms and hands, the strokes required to cover the distance, the hours of sleep required, etc. Her favourite distance was the 50 meter events. The importance of nano seconds of improvement was stressed. Training videos illustrated the talk.
For me there were flashbacks to Fanny Blankers Coen who smashed world records as a Mum in Melbourne in 1956. After her daughter Hannah was born in 2010, Marleen became the fastest swimming mom at the London 2012 Olympics by winning a silver and a bronze medal.
Marleen is a former water polo player which she combined with swimming. After she decided to focus completely on swimming, she made her international debut during the 2002 European Aquatics Championships in Berlin, at the relatively late age of 23, where she won a bronze medal in the 4×100 m freestyle.
In April 2003 she joined Topzwemmen Amsterdam (TZA) to train as a full-time professional under the guidance of Fedor Hes.. At the 2004 Summer Olympics Marleen made her Olympic debut at the age of 25 and won the bronze medal in the 4×100 m freestyle, together with Inge de Bruijn, Inge Dekker and Chantal Groot. At the end of 2004 she became Amsterdam Sportswoman of the year.
In October 2004 she avenged her failed individual Olympic campaign by winning the gold medal in the 50 m freestyle at the 2004 FINA Short Course World Championships in Indianapolis by beating Libby Lenton from Australia and Therese Alshammar from Sweden.
In April 2006 alongside Chantal Groot, Hinkelien Schreuder and Inge Dekker, Veldhuis set a world record and won the gold medal in the 4×100 m freestyle relay at the 2006 FINA Short Course World Championships.
Marleen Veldhuis, now 35 and pregnant again, is one of the most successful swimmers of the Netherlands. She's a world record holder, participated in three Olympic Games and won four Olympic medals of which gold in Beijing in 2008.
Klaas Woldring, DACC
Please CLICK: Marleen Veldhuis
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.
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since the Dutch
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Regarding the DUTCH AUSTRALIAN CULTURAL CENTRE LOCATION,
The Dutch arrived in Austral.... in 1606 shortly after they started the spice trade with the Indies. The mapping of 300 kms of the West Coast
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.
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
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 Stegen – Along 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:
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:
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
©2015 Ozcloggie/Jo Mulholland/DACC