The Dutch and Australia have a long history together, particualrly with many Dutch migrants coming to settle in Australia as part of the Post World War II assisted migration program. According to the 2006 Australian Census, 310,08 people have claimed to be of Dutch ancestry. Notable Dutch Australians include celebrated filmmakers Rolf de Heer and Paul Cox, cricketer Tom Cooper, comedian Trevor Marmalade, entertainer Johnny Young and long distance swimmer Tammy van Wisse.
The Dutch Australian Cultural Centre, located in Smithfield, New South Wales aims to conserve and promote the rich cultural history of Dutch migrants settling in Australia. The Reference Library and Archives feature photographs, books, documents and displays namely on WWII subject matter (in both Dutch and English) and on immigration, but it is also a fantastic place to research the Netherlands and Dutch culture.
This is a great opportunity to explore Dutch Australian heritage and history, taste the mighty Dutch croquettes, pea soup and salted herrings, and buy some of these goodie in the Dutch shop. See you tomorrow. Klaas (friends with Jan en Piet)
By Jo Mulholland - reader Tuesday, 26th of July @ 06:12 am