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Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria Carnegie, Victoria

The Dutch Australian Heritage Centre has been established to collect and display items of recognised significance relating to immigrants who arrived here from the Netherlands and the former Dutch East Indies, with special emphasis on migration in the post WWII period.

Please note: THESE ITEMS ARE NOT FOR SALE

Contact Information

location
60 Rosstown Road Carnegie Carnegie Victoria 3163 (map)
phone
+61 (03) 9571 5382

Contact

Opening Hours

By appointment - call Mr Michael Gijsberts on 0419 549 376.

Entry Fee

Free entry. Donations are welcome.

Location

60 Rosstown Road Carnegie Victoria

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The DAHC collection consists primarily of personal and household items donated by Dutch immigrants. As most of the migrants arrived in the 1950s, the collection presents a historical insight into Dutch culture, both in the Netherlands and in the Dutch communities in Australia.

Meredith Blake 29 May 2013 9:48 AM

Love the new items you have catalogued recently! Great work

Jose Sendeckyj 13 May 2016 10:21 AM

As an immigrant from The Netherlands in the early 60's to Australia, it is heartening and very interesting to see the digital documentation of Dutch culture for posterity! Great work - I hope to assist in the future in some small way.

Michael Gijsberts 13 May 2016 11:03 AM

To Jose Sendeckyj, Thanks for your heartening comments. And yes do come and visit us and possibly lend a helping hand at our 'working bees'

Josephine Williams 21 April 2019 5:51 PM

I love looking at all these things! Thank you so much for putting them up they bring back so many memories!

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Coffee pot set (Koffie servies)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

(a) - (w) - A tall, off white, ceramic pot with matching sugar bowl, milk jug, and eight cups and saucers. Two scenes, Westertoren and Montelbaanstoren are found on the sides of the body of the coffee pot. Scenes of Amsterdam are also seen on the other items. Two plates for serving biscuits or cakes both also with Amsterdam scenes complete the set. The edges of these are curved slightly upwards.

Inscriptions & Markings

Item 5140(v) has the words "Nieuwmarket met Waag" (Newmarket with Weighing House); the inscription on 5140(w) reads: "Waterlooplein", (Waterloo Square). On the bottom of some items the words "Viller and Bosch" appear.

Framed photo MS Oranje in port

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Rectangular colourised photograph of ship MS Oranje in Rotterdam (?) harbour. Gold-coloured aluminium frame, composite backing. Glass front.

Historical information

Ship's history connected to Australian war history when it served as a hospital ship. Troop ship, migrant ship and cruise liner,

Significance

Image of ship that has conncetions with Dutch, Indonesian and Australian history.

Inscriptions & Markings

Oranje on ship's portside emphasised with additional colour. On back, sticker describing frame, barcode.

Leesplankje (Reading Board)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Printed collection of pictures and words pasted on a board. The words and pictures indicated this edition of "Het Leesplankje" was used in the dutch East Indies. Among the illustrations are a man dressed for the tropics, a large colonial house surrounded by tropical plants and a coloured young woman.

Inscriptions & Markings

Each word contains a Dutch diphthong.

Etching

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

An historic small town scene etched (or possibly printed) on thin metal and subsequently fastened to a plywood backing. The delicately presented scene is said to show the intersection of Old Church Street and the Vliet Canal bridge in Voorburg, as well as a section of wharf. On the canal are one large and two much smaller vessels. A very tall crane-like construction arises from the wharf to the roof of waterside buildings. The people are soberly dressed in possibly 17th or 18th century costumes.

Historical information

The Vliet is a canal in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. It starts at the Oude Rijn at Leiden and joins the Delfshavense Schie canal at Delft. Places along its banks include Voorschoten, Leidschendam, Voorburg, The Hague and Rijswijk. The canal was dug in 47 AD under command of Roman general Corbulo, who wished to connect the river Rhine, of which the current Oude Rijn stream in Roman times was the main branch, to the Meuse estuary. It is unclear what the canal's trajectory was beyond the current city of Delft; the Delfshavense Schie canal, which connects Delft to the Nieuwe Maas river was not dug until 1389. In the Middle Ages the Vliet was an important trade link that attracted all kinds of trade, as it flowed through the heart of the County of Holland. Windmills have been constructed alongside the Vliet, including the completely renovated mill 'De salamander' in Leidschendam. The Vliet area was particularly attractive among richer families, who built their mansions along its banks.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the reverse has been written: "Oude Kerkstraat Brug over de Vliet Voorburg". (Old Church Street; Bridge over the Vliet canal; Voorburg). However, research proves that the church is actually the Old Church in Delft, a short distance further down the Vliet Canal.

Booklet - Flitsen uit Delft's Verleden (Glimpses of Delft's Past)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A 104pp booklet by A. van Peer printed on poor quality paper. Illustrations are in black and white; the cover picture is of the Old Church in Delft. (See item The subtitle reads :1246 Delft 1946.

Historical information

This booklet was published in the year following the German occupation on 1940-1945. It celebrates the 700 years existence of the city.

Significance

See item

Set of 6 decorative Plates

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

(a) to (f) - Six round plates each depicting a different aspect of the dairy industry as it was in the past. Two blue circles decorate the edge of each item.

Historical information

Promotional material for the dairy industry.

Inscriptions & Markings

Each plate has the word "Zuivelland" below the illustration. A difficult to decipher maker's imprint is on the back of the plates.

Soup ladle (pollepel)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Enamel ladle with red handle and white bowl, handle hooked at one end for hanging

Historical information

Brought to Australia by Dutch migrants in the 1950s as part of their kitchen utensils

Mustard Pot

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A small, lidded ceramic pot decorated in imitation of Delft Blue with images of mills, flowers and abstract designs. The lid has a cork section underneath.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Echte Zaanse Mosterd" - (Genuine Mustard from Zaandam) "Mosterdmolen De Huisman" (Mustard Mill The Huisman) Anno 1786 The word "Delfts" appears on the bottom of the jar. All words and illustrations are in blue.

Sand, Soap and Soda Rack

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Serviette Ring

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Brown bamboo serviette ring.

Significance

This item demonstrates that Dutch table manners were continued in the Dutch East Indies.

Brass Milk Measure

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A brass replica of the the milk measures used in the days the dairy farmer delivered milk out of large cans brought from the dairy farms.

Historical information

The objects relates to a period when old-fashioned objects were reproduced in brass (often in miniature) and bought for collections.

Inscriptions & Markings

2 DL

Coffee grinder (koffiemolen)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Coffee grinder, wooden body, metal top. Wooden drawer in bottom, metal contaner for ground coffee. Metal top has circular raised section which has an opening with sliding lid to put in coffee beans. Metal handle with wooden knob in centre of top, connects with grinding mechanism inside metal top.

Historical information

Brought to Australia in the 1950s by Dutch migrants. These coffee grinders were in common use in the 1940s amd 1950s as an altrrnative to wall-mounted coffee grinders. They were operated by clamping the grinder between one' knees.

Significance

The drinking of coffee is a highly social ritual among Dutch people. They brought this ritual with nthem to Australia as is evidenced by the number of coffee grinders and other coffee psraphernalia donated to the DAHC.

Inscriptions & Markings

Pe De on front above drawer.

Ceramic Commemorative Plate (Keramiek Gedenkbord)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Shaped as a soup plate the carved out bottom carries an image of Queen Wilhelmina and the inscription "1898-1923". A branch of oranges with a golden W placed in its centre partly encircles the image. The plate is edged with three green circles.

Historical information

Queen Wilhelmina celebrated her silver jubilee in 1923.

Significance

Princess Wilhelmina was only 10 years old when her father (King Willem III) passed away in1890. Until she became of age 8 years later her mother, Queen Emma, ruled as Queen Regent. The Dutch are traditionally proud of their Royal Family and this is one of the commemorative items with which the country honoured the Queen's silver jubilee in 1923

Inscriptions & Markings

"1898-1923".

Dress uniform of a major in Dutch Army, communication section

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Dress uniform of major in Communications Regiment of Royal Netherlands Army, existing out of black coat with rank and regiment type indications and pants.

Inscriptions & Markings

Two stars and laurel leaves on shoulder epaulettes indicate rank of major. Collar batch indicates a communication regiment. Coat has label of manufacturer. Pants has name and rank of original owner.

Sailors' Health Insurance

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Framed Embroidery of Dutch Coat of Arms

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Brass Wall Plates

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Two heavy round brass wall plates depicting traditional occupations - one of a chairmaker, the other a blacksmith.

Inscriptions & Markings

(a) De Stoelemaaker (the chairmaker) (b) De Smidt (the smith)

Suitcase (Koffer)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Suitcase body made of fibre covered with striped brown and cream plasticised cloth; pink plastic skintone handle with label strings, two key locks and central latch for padlock. Edges covered with pink stitched plastic Corners of lid reinforced with metal, two metal hinges, studs five metal studs underneath. Leather straps to hold lid open/. Interior covered with grey and black patterned paper. Marks of a label on left side, removed.

Historical information

Cheap suitcase for one-way trip

Inscriptions & Markings

Torn paper custom sticker, PASSED, Australia, 3869. Embossed on rear of lower part ES 20 FIBRE 26 Cheney (on lock); Cheney England on central lock

Enamel dishwashing bowl (afwasteiltje)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Oval, two handles either end, green outside decorated around circumference with three gilded lines, white inside. Signs of wear and tear, including rust hole

Historical information

Made in 1940s and brought to Australia by Dutch migrants in the 1950s. Typical Dutch household item of 1940s and 1950s.

Significance

Washing up was usually done in a bowl such as this, not in a sink. An expression of Dutch domestic culture.

Prince Hat of Carnavals Club

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Decorative hat from silky type silver, gold, blue and aqua material, finished of with bells at front of hat (see picture - also see items 6351 and 6352).

Historical information

Carnaval is an important annual event in the Southern Provinces of The Netherlands, with each village often having its own Carnavals Club and traditions. The Dutch People coming from the Southern Provinces continued in many cases this tradition and formed their regional Carnavals Clubs in Australia. Each Carnalvals Club has its own colourful uniforms, including a hat. There are potentially three types of hats: A Formal Hat for official events, a Work Hat for use during normal club nights and for those members lucky enough to be for a year chosen as the "Prince" of the club, a Prince Hat.

Significance

For people from the Southern Provinces of the Netherlands, Carnavall is an important cultural event.

Inscriptions & Markings

has a 6 on the inside

Two drinking glasses

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Two matching drinking glasses produced to commemorate the Dutch European Cup victory of 1988.

Inscriptions & Markings

All inscriptions and illustrations are in orange. One side of the glass depicts an heraldic lion with the inscription: "Nederland Kampioen E.K. '88" The other side shows a soccer ball in full flight with below it the results of the various matches played on the way to victory.

Wall Tile (Tegel)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Off-white pottery tile with blue coloured proverb in the Frisian language. There are also some blue glaze decorations in the four corners. On the back the brand name Harlingen Holland forms part of an imprint. There is also a hook for hanging.

Historical information

Tiles are formed using the using the same tools as four centuries ago, namely a knife and a wooden mould with little nails in the corners. Afterwards, the imprints of the nails remain visible as minute points in the glaze. After the first baking, the tile is glazed. The wet glaze is imprinted with a charcoal powder design. Then the painter redraws the lines with a fine paint brush and uses his own craftsmanship to color with paints that are in fact glazes colored by a metal oxide. The second baking blends these colors with the layer of tin glaze. The result is a unique and beautiful tile.

Significance

Tile design, making and baking is a traditional Dutch craft and continues today. The province of Friesland has its own traditions in the field of which this tile is a sample.

Inscriptions & Markings

The proverb reads: "Doch dyn plicht en lit de lju mar rabje." (Do your duty and just let people talk).

Copper Vase

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A small copper vase inscribed with red decorations.

Pikelet pan (poffertjespan)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Brass pan with seven shallow circular indentations. Wooden handle with eyelet at end for hanging on wall.

Significance

Souvenir brought out by Dutch migrants.

Child's Petticoat

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Petticoat to be worn under child's white First Communion dress, made of white parachute silk sewn in extremely tiny stitches by machine and hand. French seams are used for the sides and shoulders; the hem is handsewn. The garment is fastened at the neck with a narrow white satin ribbon.

Historical information

This petticoat dress was sewn by Mrs. van den Heuvel and her friend M/s Jos Tersteeg for Marjo van den Heuvel to wear under a white dress on the occasion of her cousin Peter Beeker's First Holy Communion.

Significance

The material was obtained from one of the many parachutes that became available during the Allied offensive of 1944/45. This material was very welcome after the deprivations suffered during the 5 year German occupation.

33.3 rpm LP in dustcover - 50 JAAR

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

33.3 rpm LP in cardboard Dustcover

Historical information

The record was issued to celebrate in 1984 the 50 year anniversary of the ground breaking flight in 1934 by the "Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij"'s (KLM) its passenger plane the "UIVER" from Amsterdam to Melbourne, opening herewith the regular air travel from the Netherlands to the Dutch East Indisch and Australia.

Significance

The "UIVER"flight from Amsterdam to Melbourne, opened the era of the regular air travel from the Netherlands to the Dutch East Indisch and Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

with text: 50 JAAR "UIVER" 1934-1984 Flying High" made by CBS Records

Official royal commisioning of a Dutch consul in Melbourne 9 May 1924

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Timber-framed document behind glass.

Historical information

Signatories Queen Wilhemina on right, and foreign minister H. A. van Karnebeek on left. Authorised consul Ferdinand Henry Wright.

Significance

Establishment of a Dutch consulate illustrates strengthening of bonds between Australia and Victoria

Inscriptions & Markings

See photographs

Decorative Fork

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Highly decorative silver-coated object in the shape of a four-pronged fork. A sailing ship forms the top of the handle. The handle (or stem) has 2 curlices on each side. The main section depicts a homely interior in which a seated woman plays the harp, a man stands listening and a child sits on the potty. The whole is surrounded by raised vine-like patterning.

Inscriptions & Markings

A very tiny triangle is engraved in the point of the fork at the back.

Book - 25 Jaar Afsluitdijk 1932-1957 (25 years of the Enclosure Dike)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

A 56page rectanguar book commemorating the opening of the Afsluitdijk. The cover is of thick card while within the pages of text are illustrated with black and white photographs.

Historical information

The book commemorates the opening of the Afsluitdijk in 1932. Shutting off the North Sea created the IJsselmeer and connected the provinces of North Holland and Friesland. It has remained an essential traffic artery every since.

Significance

The book records the cultural, economic and social impact of the Afsluitdijk on the Netherlands.

Inscriptions & Markings

Originally owned and eventually deregistered by "De Utrechtse Openbare Bibliotheek" (Utrecht Public Library). Another stamp. "Filiaal Elinkwijk" shows it was used by the library branch in Elinkwijk. Full title is "Vijfentwintig Jaar Afsluitdijk". Authors and illustrators are B. Den Oudsten en P.Terpstra with an introduction by the Queen's representative in Friesland, Mr.H.P.Linthorst Homan. Publisher is Algmeen Publiciteit Kantoor, Oosterkade 20b, Leeuwarden.

Skimmer (Indische schuimspaan)

Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Victoria, Carnegie

Metal and wooden handle, attached to circular mesh scoop.

Significance

Used in Indonesian cookery. Brought to Australia by Dutch or Dutch-Indonesian migrants in the 1950s.