David Bos, a Dutch immigrant, arrived in Sydney in the 1930s. During World War II, he played a crucial role as manager of the Netherlands Canteen. This canteen became a vital social hub for Dutch military personnel after the Japanese occupation of the Dutch East Indies in 1942.

After the war, Bos made his mark on Sydney’s culinary scene. In late 1946, he opened the Dutch-Black Tulip Restaurant, one of the city’s first ventures into European dining. Located at the corner of George and Hunter Streets, the Black Tulip quickly became a favourite among locals and the growing wave of post-war European migrants, particularly Dutch military personnel who had fought against nationalists in the Dutch East Indies.  With its warm atmosphere and a menu featuring both European and Dutch cuisine, the restaurant offered a comforting taste of home. Even under strict licensing laws, Bos managed to discreetly serve alcoholic beverages.

The Black Tulip became a gathering place for the Sydney’s Dutch community, including soccer enthusiasts like Harry Fransman and Dutch serviceman Bill Vrolyks. Their shared love for the sport led to a fateful meeting at the restaurant on September 1, 1949.  There, they decided to form a Dutch soccer club for the 1950 season – a first for post-war Australia.  The club, initially named Hollandia and later renamed Austral, saw David Bos take on the roles of both president and sponsor.

Source: Clogball

Liquor registration:

BLACK TULIP RESTAURANT, 282 George-st Sydney, restaurant. Com. 13/9/46. Proprs.: Diana N. D Apice and David Bos. Reg. 24/9/46.