De Coopers van Sydney (The Coopers from Sydney) is a Dutch historical novel by E. Eichholtz, first published in 1962. The novel tells the story of a group of Dutch coopers who travel to Sydney, Australia, in the early 19th century. The coopers are hired to build a new brewery, and they soon find themselves caught up in the turbulent life of the city. The novel explores themes of love, loss, and the challenges of living in a new country.
The novel is set in Sydney, Australia, in the early 19th century. Sydney was a young city at the time, and it was still growing and changing. The city was home to a diverse population, including Aboriginal Australians, convicts, free settlers, and immigrants from all over the world. The coopers come from the Netherlands, and they are one of the many immigrant groups that have come to Sydney in search of a better life.
The coopers are hired to build a new brewery. The brewery is owned by a wealthy businessman, and it is one of the largest and most successful breweries in Sydney. The coopers are proud of their work, and they are excited to be a part of the city’s growth.
However, the coopers soon find themselves caught up in the turbulent life of Sydney. The city is a dangerous place, and the coopers are often threatened by criminals and gangs. The coopers also face discrimination from the other inhabitants of Sydney, who often view them as foreigners.
Despite the challenges, the coopers persevere. They build the brewery, and they become successful in their new home. The novel ends with the coopers celebrating their success, and they look forward to a bright future in Sydney.
- Title: De Coopers van Sydney
- Author: E. Eichholtz
- Original language: Dutch
- Publication date: 1962
- Translations: English (1964)
- Genre: Historical fiction
- Setting: Sydney, Australia, early 19th century
- Themes: Love, loss, immigration, the challenges of living in a new country
Unconfirmed potential reference sources:
- The National Library of Australia
- The State Library of New South Wales
- The University of Sydney Library
- The University of Melbourne Library