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Lieutenant Colonel N.L.W. van Straten – Timor-Australia

Lieutenant Colonel N.L.W. van Straten - 1945 Nico Leonard Willem van Straten was born in Zwolle, September 3, 189 and...
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Peter van Ryn – a ‘Sophie’s choice’ and being the physio for the Socceroos

Information provided by Peter's son Laurie Early Life and Athletic Career Petrus “Peter” or “Piet” van Rijn was born in...
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Barenbrug Australia part of Royal Barenbrug Netherlands

Barenbrug celebrated its 120th birthday in 2024. Barenbrug Australia, a subsidiary of the Royal Barenbrug Group, plays a significant role...
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Dutch immigrant ship Johan van Oldenbarnevelt – Gallery added

When she was built in 1930, she was the largest ship yet built by the Nederlandse Scheepsbouw Maatschappij. She had...
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Jan van Ravesteyn -Family Stories of a Migrant Child

His life, hopes and adventures written and remembered by Jan (John) Ravesteyn It is a tale of our large family...
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Andries Snoek Dutch journalist in Australia

Andries Snoek (1932-2024) has been writing for Dutch newspapers in Australia for 37 years, contributing to the Dutch Australian Weekly...
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Camp Columbia Exhibition at the MacArthur Museum, Brisbane

In April, representatives of the Camp Columbia Heritage Association (CCHA) met with John Wright, the director of the MacArthur Museum in Brisbane...
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Imaginary Map fantasises Dutch colonising parts of Australia

The source of this is: Imaginary Maps! Where people can share maps they can make of alternate history, fantasy, sci-fi...
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The Dutch in Geelong

Dutch Clubs In 2024, the Dutch population in Geelong comprises of 1400 people. In the early 1950’s they established the...
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Six Dutch Houses in Brisbane proposed for heritage protection

In May 2024, six 'Dutch Houses' in Brisbane have been nominated for heritage protection. The Dutch Australian Cultural Centre has...
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WWII Dutch Lockheed crash landed near Katherine

The following is a translation of a story recorded in the book: "De KNILM vloog door.." (The Royal Netherlands Indies...
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First Dutch contacts in Australia – North west coast of Australia 1643 to 1688

Tasman’s Voyage of 1643 Documentary Source other than original Journal Witsen, N 1705Noord en Ooste Tartarye,Amsterdam: Francois Halma, pp.175-6. p.175In...
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“The Flying Dutchman”: The Legendary Career of Paul Vander Haar

Paul Vander Haar was born in the Netherlands on 7 March 1958 and was one of five children born to...
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Organising Dutch Speech Competitions

We received an email with this Facebook post from the Dutch Community in New Zealand, with the suggestion that this...
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DACC – Primary Research Projects

The following breakdown provides a comprehensive overview of completed and ongoing research projects in the field of DACC. Allies in...
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Michaël “Sjel” de Bruyckere: A Football Journey from the Netherlands to Australia

Sjel de Bruyckere in 1955. Michaël "Sjel" (Mike) de Bruyckere, born in Kaatsheuvel, the Netherlands, on 6 February 1928, was...
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Dutch company Van Leer produced packaging materials in Australia’s capital cities

By: Pierre van der Eng Van Leer was a Dutch company producing metal and later also plastic drums and pails...
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WWII – The Tragic Fate of HMAS Armidale includes many Dutch losses. New: Medic Roelof Frank GP in Oss

HMAS Armidale in New Guinea - 1942 In 1938, amidst escalating tensions of war, the Australian Commonwealth Naval Board recognised...
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First Dutch contacts in Australia – North coast of Australia 1636 to 1705

Gulf of Carpentaria and Arnhem Land The coast of Arnhem Land was mapped by the Dutch in the “Arnhem” skippered...
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The Drama of Broome 3-3-1942 – New doco added April 2024

On 3 March 1942 Japanese Zero bombers arrived and within 15 minutes bombed 23 Alied aircrafts that were either laying...
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The Dutch Australian Cultural Centre, established in 1983, is dedicated to a set of core objectives:

  • Preservation of Dutch-Australian Heritage: We are committed to safeguarding the rich history of Dutch interactions and immigration to Australia.
  • Resource Accessibility: We provide comprehensive access to this historical treasure trove through both digital and physical resource facilities.
  • Ongoing Cultural Research: We engage in continuous research efforts focused on Dutch-Australian culture and heritage.
  • National and International Collaboration: We actively foster networks, both nationally and internationally, to facilitate collaboration and support for our mission.

Our organisation boasts a vibrant membership base spanning across Australia and the Netherlands. Our physical resources, including archives, a library, an office, and a meeting room, are located in Sydney. For easy access to archival materials we have developed our website (Digital Hub). We also curate a monthly e-newsletter featuring the latest additions to the Hub, which is accessible to all. Register your name below to receive this free newsletter.

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We extend a warm invitation to anyone who shares our passion for heritage preservation to become a Friend of the DACC. For $20 per annum you can register as a Friend and support us in preserving Dutch Australian heritage and culture. Your support plays a pivotal role in demonstrating our robust support to organisations in both Australia and the Netherlands. Become a Friend of the DACC today by filling out this form:

Invitation to engage with us

DACC at Holland Festival Melbourne April 2024

We actively seek individuals who are enthusiastic about heritage preservation. For those intrigued by this cause, we offer an opportunity for deeper engagement. Please refer to this link to engagement opportunities to explore areas where your involvement can make a significant impact.

To express your interest, please email us at dutchaustraliancc@gmail.com. Join us in our mission to celebrate and preserve the vibrant Dutch-Australian cultural heritage!

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The Dutch Cultural History Hub

Dutch Artefacts

Dutch Artefacts

The Dutch Australian Cultural Centre hosts a large quantity of Dutch memorabilia. The collection is currently located at the Abel Tasman Village. The organisation also hosts an extensive book library.

Dutch Culture in Australia

Dutch Culture in Australia

There is a rich Dutch cultural heritage in Australia thanks to the over 250,000 immigrants who came to Australia over the years. They formed dutch clubs, retirement villages, sporting clubs and churches.

Dutch History in Australia

Dutch History in Australia

In 1602 the Vereenigde Oost Indische Compagnie (VOC, English: Dutch East India Company) was formed, the first international corporation. Their journeys brought them in contact with Australia. The Dutch-Australian relationship started over 400 years ago. The next chapter began during WWII when Australia hosted the Netherlands East Indies Government-in-Exile. Following the war large numbers of Dutch people migrated to Australia contributing to Australia’s multiculturalism and economic development. More recently new political and military relationships between the two countries have been established.

History of Dutch Businesses in Australia

History of Dutch Businesses in Australia

Already during the convict period Dutch companies and ships provided their services to the British colony. Australia and the Netherlands were neighbours in relation to the Netherlands East indies. Since the 1930s aviation was added to the mix. Globalisation saw many Dutch corporations opening their offices in Australia and the Netherlands became one of the major investors in the country. On a smaller scale Dutch retail shops started to emerge with the arrival of the immigrants.