To ensure that the stories of Dutch migrants would be preserved for future generations, the former Dutch-Australian Community Action Federation Qld Inc. (DACA) published a 208 page book ‘Our Story — Experiences of the Dutch in Queensland’ in 2001. Editors: Annelies Zeissink, DACA-President and Rob-Jan Mynarends.

The book presents personal experiences stories of 68 Dutch emigrants in Queensland

For further research, the book itself is available from the following libraries: DACC, Sydney, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, Den Haag, National Library of Australia, Canberra. Below are the pdf files of the book.

To make the names of the authors searchable we have listed them below.

Via Iceland to QueenslandHenk Kylstra
Moving to Queensland across three continentsDimmen de Graaff
From Rotterdam to QueenslandPiet & Grada Korevaar
Some of our experiencesNelly Boerdam
Anne’s StoryAnne van Riel (Sauer)
Man proposes — God disposesLouise Groen in ‘t Woud
We came here by choiceSabina van Baarskamp
Minke’s storyMinke Koch
Paula’s storyPaula Knudsen
Henriette’s storyHenriette Kinnane
We had a good runNinette Floris
A life in three countriesWilly Hoog Antink
Starting a new lifeLisa de Graaf
Don’t look back-go forwardCor Frederiks
Wilhelmina’s storyHanny van der Mark
Migration as Hanny remembersHanny van der Mark
A cameo story of our emigrationJohanna Bumet
Getting to know QueenslandJohn van Riel
My reason for coming hereBob van der Zijpp
Proud to be Dutch and AustralianLenie van Wijk
Going abroadDorothy Philipoom
Doortje’s storyWilma Philipoom
Au revoir ParisTrudy Peterse
Captives, coffee, cakes and carpe diemJacobien & Anneke van Kammen
From Dutchies to AussiesJean van Eyk
From windmills to ‘neat tool sheds’Elsa Hansen
A difficult decision to relocateAafke van Klaveren
About flowers, good friends dogs and Mr 3.8Betty Deen (Vischer)
Full circle — integration and fulfilmentJoseph Oudeman
Things were not always easyAnnie Vierveyzer
The singing carpenterMartha Fuchshuber
A life of service for social justiceBen Dokter
Another winnerJeanette Jilleson
Joy, hardship and blessingsHermina Dijk
Memories of a migrantBetsy Meulenbroek
Did we do the right thing?Theo Sloots jnr
Our pastNel Bruyniks
Life beyond our expectationsHan Spykerboer
C’mon son we’re running late for the medicalRolf Bierman
The road ahead — a migrant’s taleToos and Harry Vullers
A place in the sunCorry de Haas
Dutch products find appreciation in QueenslandHerman Wichger
Searching for the sun in our lifeRob-Jan & Jacomien Mijnarends
Carried awayLiesje Grieve
No time to cryFrans Clemenkowff
The early yearsHans Bierenbroodspot
Our transition from the Netherlands to AustraliaKitty Cillekens
The lure of the tropicslet Haites
The best of both worldsAnnelies Zeissink
Emigration – never!Hans Geissler
Old friends meet againJohn Gyzemyter
Immigration 1, II & 111Harry Rynenberg
Our blessed decisionAnna Kuiper
Snow to fireLily Podger
Selarnat tingal Indonesia Selamat datang AustraliaTes Eeltink
About Languages and sailing around the worldCarel Vogelsang
I followed my heartMarleen Hengeveld 
The Australian aunt with the Dutch accentNelly Smets
Why Australia?Andreas Flach
Migrant or reincarnated aboriginal?Hendrika Johnson
Twenty years here and still not sureHette Kingma
The UnknownHenny Kingma
Cherished memoriesJettie Zigas
Back homeRinus Lagerwaard
Far away from everythingHein & Erica Bouwknecht
Not as difficultIngeborg Kuiper
Retirement in QueenslandNel de Bruyn
Say it with flowers – a love affairBas Kamp

See also:

Historical overview of Dutch Consular Services in Queensland 

Some names of ships on which many of us came                                        

The Federation of Netherlands Organisations 

Dutch Specific Aged Care Services     

The former Dutch Australian Community Action Federation and DACA activities                                                  

Birds of a Feather flock together’

Some of the stories listed above are fully published in ‘Wacol Remembered