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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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WWII Gould Airfield used by the Dutch for maintenance

During World War II, Gould Airfield, also known as Gould Strip, was an important airfield located in the Northern Territory...
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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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The end of WWII. Liberation of Borneo by Australian troops. Bersiap killings on Java.

The 15th day of August 1945 will go down in history as the day of the end of the Second...
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S.C. Windmills – Dutch football club Perth

Henk Beumer inaugurated in the WA Hall of Fame. The Windmills Soccer Club, founded in 1950 by Dutch immigrants led...
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The strategic position of Merauke during WWII

Netherlands New Guinea. Merauke in the south, Tanah Merah a bit further north and the island in the Arafura Sea...
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Dutch spy woman involved in the decision to start the NSW penal settlement in 1788?

Margaretha Wolters, also known as Marguerite Wolters, was an intriguing figure in 18th-century espionage. Her clandestine activities appear to have played...
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Adrian Strik, Child Migrant, Backpacker Grand Tour – Love Story

Born: Zeist, Netherlands on 9 March 1946. Adrian is the oldest child in a family of seven children. Migration: The family left for...
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First Dutch contacts in Australia – West coast of Australia 1629 to 1699

[Cape Leeuwin to North West Cape] Central and Upper West Coast 1629 – 1697 The Voyage of the Batavia Journal...
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Plan to settle 5000 Dutch soldiers in Australian 1949

MORE than 5000 Dutch soldiers will migrate to Australia soon after demobilization in Java. Their entry will be under a...
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A Visual Exploration of Dutch and Eurasian Experiences in Indonesia Amidst Turbulent Times

Abstract of a review titled: Review: Landscape of the soul by Ron Witton An exhibition titled "Landscape of the Soul,"...
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Novel ‘With love, Gerard’ – Monique McCallum

For Gerard and Hendrika, it is love at first sight in a dance hall in Amsterdam in 1953. The war...
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Dutch lessons in Perth, Australia

Unlike in the Netherlands, the school year in Australia runs from January to December. LanguageOne offers Dutch language and culture...
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WWII – The Tragic Fate of HMAS Armidale includes many Dutch losses

HMAS Armidale in New Guinea - 1942 In 1938, amidst escalating tensions of war, the Australian Commonwealth Naval Board recognised...
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Theo Paap: A Dutch-Australian Football Legend

Theo in the 1970s Theo Paap's journey from Amsterdam to Perth in 1956 marked the beginning of a remarkable career...
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We were the ones that integrated’:Dutch post-war migrant children in Australia

A research on the change in transnational ties of Dutch post-war migrant children in Australia ThesisDownload On November 1, 2018...
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The preservation and digitalisation of Dutch- Australian Migrant Registration Cards

The preservation and digitalisation of Dutch- Australian Migrant Registration Cards Over the decades, the Netherlands Embassy and Consulates in Australia...
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‘Albury rescue’ repeated during WWII in the Netherlands East Indies

The Dutch and their WWII Allies were totally unprepared for the rapid advances of the Japanese army. Nobody had expected...
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First Dutch contacts in Australia

South coast of Australia to 1772 and beyond Although part of the south coast, from Cape Leeuwin to around Fowlers...
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Invitation to Dutch organisations in Australia

A revitalised Dutch Australian Cultural Centre (DACC) - now under new management - operates digitally Australia-wide and even internationally. The...
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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.

Become a Friend of the DACC

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

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!

Leave a lasting Legacy: Support the future of the DACC

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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.