NESWA is an association of men and women in Australia who, at an earlier stage in life, served their country in the Dutch Armed Forces, be it Army, Navy or Air Force, korps Mariniers’ (Marines), or the KNIL (Royal Dutch East Indies Army). Also ex-personnel of the Merchant Navy, members of the Dutch Resistance movement, Prisoners of War and victims of the German and Japanese occupation who were interned in labour and or concentration camps. The association opted for this broad definition to enable reaching as many Dutch people or people of Dutch origin with the same or similar interests and concerns.
NESWA represents and advises its members regarding financial matters such as pensions, one-off payments and compensations that may or may not be claimed. Similarly, advice is given regarding medals of honour and other decorations.
NESWA is represented in several umbrella organisations, Dutch as well as Australian. In addition NESWA is a member of the World Veterans Federation, Veteranen Platform Nederland and the Australian Veterans and Defence Council.
Below: NESWA Committee Members 1978 – 1979
An important link between the organisation and its members is our monthly magazine
Wapenbroeders' (Comrades-in-arms’); it has proven to be a valuable source of information with news from the appropriate Government departments, NESWA branches in Australia, other Veterans’ organisations here and overseas etc.
The Queensland Branch, Inc. NESWA- Qld was founded in 1973 – incorporated in 1991. Their relatively large membership covered the whole of the state of Queensland. Therefore, only members in the Southeast corner of the state could regularly visit meetings, commemoration services and social events organised in Brisbane. Several times per year, they organised coffee mornings at the Sunshine Coast and the North Coast to reach people in a slightly larger area.
Some of their magazines can be found here.