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Dutch UN Jeep ambushed in Indonesia followed by investigation involving Australia (1949)

The first (and only?) United Nations’ casualties in its involvement in the Indonesian war ofindependence 1945-50. By ACT Branch Member...
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Dutch immigrant ship Johan van Oldenbarnevelt – New: Bekrompenheid in ruil voor avontuur

When she was built in 1930, she was the largest ship yet built by the Nederlandse Scheepsbouw Maatschappij. She had...
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Book: Shaping Kingston- The story of God’s children in Kingston

From their initial close connection with St Johns Presbyterians, a committed group of immigrant Dutch Christians moved on to build...
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Thank you DACC website users – website statistics

We are excited to share with you our latest website statistics, which serve as a resounding vote of confidence in...
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Professor Klaas Woldring – new article: A Republic needs major political system change.

Biography This is a personal story from Associate Professor Klaas Woldring the author of six short books on democracy and political...
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Bill Vrolyks: A Legacy of Football and Community Service

Born in Holland, Bill Vrolyks was send to Australia in 1945 for training to fight the Japanese as part of...
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WWII Pell Airfield, NT – used for maintenance by the Dutch

In all there were over a dozen WWII airfields in the Top End and many of them were at occasions...
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Hendrik Kolenberg Art Curator – Art Gallery of NSW

Early Life and Education Hendrik (Cornelis Gijsbertus) Kolenberg was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on July 31, 1946, to Gijsbertus...
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Dutch WWII Casualties from air operation from the Northern Territory

The following is the list of Dutch and Netherlands East Indies casualties mainly from the various squadrons that operated from...
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Zing! Sing in Dutch: Eight Years of Growth and Development in Review.

From its inception in August 2016, Zing! Sing in Dutch promised to be a choir with a difference. Following a...
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1766 Australia’s First Pandemic

After publishing ‘The Lost White Tribes of Australia' Part Two, the author Henry van Zanden realised that the Victorian chapters...
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Three WWII emergency landings of Dutch planes in the NT in one day

On February 28, 1942, Japanese troops rapidly advanced through northern Java, quickly occupying airfields and towns. Within hours, they were...
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Cornelis du Buy – table tennis champion

Cornelis du Buy was born on January 8, 1921, in Amsterdam, the son of Cornelis du Buy and Maria Catharina...
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Nico Martin van Dalen – Artist

Nico was born on 8 December 1932 at Nijmegen, Netherlands, and migrated to Australia in 1955. On arrival he stayed...
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Dutch Women in Australia

In this paper Dr. Nonja Peters explores the manner in which Dutch women, who left the Netherlands at various times...
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Pastor Hans Mol’s Life, Career, and Contributions

Biography Johannis Jacob "Hans" Mol, (14 February 1922 – 26 November 2017)  a notable sociologist of religion, was born in...
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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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Sold Out! Dutch Fashion Designer Iris van Herpen -Exclusive Event at Queensland Art Gallery!

Join us for an extraordinary evening at the Gallery of Modern Art featuring the works of renowned Dutch fashion designer...
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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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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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DACC at Holland Festival Melbourne April 2024

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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.