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

Embarking on a New Chapter: Dutch Australian Cultural Centre Transforms for the Digital Age

Sinterklaas in Australia

Nederlands Military Air Transport Services in Australia – WWII

The cartographic migration of Wesel(s) Eijland – Dr. Jan Tent

Exhibition Dutch-Australian migration stories The Hague until February 2, 2024

CIA Report on the Break-Up of Colonial Empires – 1948

Cape Leeuwin Gable Stone in Amsterdam

The NEI Personnel & Equipment Pool Squadron Canberra – Bundaberg

Dutch-Russian Ace Pilot Iwan Smirnoff (WWII)

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.

Become a member – membership free

We extend a warm invitation to anyone who shares our passion for heritage preservation to become a member of DACC; membership is entirely free. Your membership plays a pivotal role in demonstrating our robust support to organisations in both Australia and the Netherlands. If you’re not already a member, we invite you to complete our membership form, accessible here.

Invitation to engage with us

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 and gain further insights, please don’t hesitate to send an email to us at 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.