The Alssema family is a Dutch family who emigrated to Australia in the early 1900s. The family patriarch, Jan Alssema, was born in Nieuw-Lekkerland in 1865. He married Geertruida van der Meer (born in 1871 in Hardinxveld-Giessendam) in 1889, and they had six children together. In 1903, the Alssema family decided to emigrate to Australia in search of a better life. They arrived in Perthon February 15, 1904.
The Alssema family quickly established themselves in Perth. Jan Alssema found work as a farmer, and Geertruida Alssema. They had had six children: Pieter, Hendrik, Willem, Jacob, Gerrit, and Aaltje.
Jan started a small business selling home-made goods. The couple’s children also went on to have successful careers in Australia.
In 1912, the Alssema family opened a grazing factory in Perth. The factory was a success, and it helped to make the Alssema family one of the most prosperous families in Perth. The factory continued to operate until the 1960s, when it was sold to another company.
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