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Socceroo Mike Petersen: A Legacy of Dutch Heritage and Football Mastery

Mike Petersen, born of a Dutch father and an Australian mother on May 6, 1965, in Melbourne, emerged as a...
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Exhibition and presentation – Brisbane – The heritage shared between the Netherlands and Australia (1606 – 2016)

Venue and Date: Dutch Club, Brisbane Netherlands Association Queensland, 123 Pine Road, Richland 4077, on Saturday, March 2nd, at 10am...
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Camp Columbia and the Indonesian story

Camp Columbia Camp Columbia in Brisbane was set up by the Americans in 1942 as a staging camp for the...
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English sailor receives Netherlands Bronze Cross

During the Second World War, English sailor Henry Alfred Brooklyn (born 27 July 1922 in Cambridge, England; sometimes known as...
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First Dutch contacts in Australia – Tasmania 1642 to 1772

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Heineken beer has been on tap in Australia since 1884

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Orange Soccer Club lives on as Sturt Lions in Adelaide

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Dutch Soccer Legacy in Eastern Melbourne: From Wilhelmina to Ringwood City FC

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The end of WWII. Liberation of Borneo by Australian troops. Bersiap killings on Java.

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Early nineteenth century English/Dutch rivalry in Eastern Indonesia and Australia

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2024 Holland Festival – Melbourne – Going strong since 1974

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First Dutch contacts in Australia – Cape York and Torres Strait 1606 to 1643

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Milly Rubens Schelvis, surviving WWII concentration camps in Europe

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Netherlands New Guinea Papua Battalion trained in Australia.

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The Dutch Houses of Coopers Plains (New video added)

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Marianne Pietersen interviews herself and others in Brisbane

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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, please register your name below for this free newsletter.

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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.

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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.